I have Sinned – Reflection on Psalm 51

Psalm 51:1-19

Oldie but Goodie

This Psalm, more than any other, takes me back to my youth. I can almost remember the first time I sang the line, “Create in Me A Clean Heart…Oh God…” I was changed. That song expressed the desire of my heart. Over 30 years later, it still does.

Traditionally, the Psalm has been ascribed to David, but, some scholars believe the Psalm was written later (verse 19’s petition to rebuild the walls of Jerusalem would be out of place if written by David). When I first learned that David may not have written it, I was disappointed. But now, after having time to reflect, I’m okay whether David wrote it or not.
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What does God want? – Reflection on Psalm 50

Psalm 50:1-23

Monkey Mind

When I read Scripture, sometimes I just don’t understand. My mind might be a thousand miles away. I may be distracted by a concern, something I watched on TV the night before, a sporting event, a song I can’t get out of my head, or a multitude of other thoughts, racing through my mind. Reading a Scripture passage once doesn’t allow me to understand too deeply.

I want the Psalms to form me and my faith, but I find that even after reading through the Psalm, I might not have any idea what it means. Sometimes I have “monkey mind” and my thoughts jump from one thing to the next, taking my focus and attention away from scripture.
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A Better Vocabulary and Praise – Reflection on Psalm 47

Psalm 47:1-9

A Better Vocabulary

I have a tendency to describe people, places, and things as awesome. Actually, most things are not awesome. The psalmist reminds me that God is awesome. Everything else pales in comparison.

I’m trying to find new language. God is awesome, everything else can be great, fantastic, wonderful, or stupendous. Looking up the word awesome in the thesaurus gives me even more options. There are other words than awesome. The psalmist causes me to pause and reflect that God may be the only One who should be described as awesome.
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All Will Be Well – Reflection on Psalm 46

Psalm 46:1-3

So Forgettable…that’s What I Am

Sometimes I forget. I’ll walk into a room and forget why. I’ll pick up my laptop and forgot what I wanted to do. I forget. I forget a lot.

I don’t know why I forget so much. I wonder if distractions contribute to my forgetfulness. I know what I want to do when I start to do it, but then another thought enters and the previous thought fades away. Distractions cause me to focus on something new, forgetting what came before.
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