Psalms 4:9 – March 24, 2019

In peace I will lie down and fall asleep, for you alone, Lord, make me secure. Psalms 4:9 NABRE      Psalm 4 is a nice psalm to have available to say before bed. It is a prayer that acknowledges God’s protection with confidence. It opens with a confident appeal from the psalmist to God, followed by verses that tell others to trust in the Lord and ends with the quoted verse; laying down to sleep, not…

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Psalms 91:1 – March 22, 2019

You who dwell in the shelter of the Most High, who abide in the shade of the Almighty, Psalms 91:1 NABRE      This psalm proclaims there is refuge in the Lord. Asking God for protection and shelter is like having the most foolproof insurance policy possible. But the psalm goes on to say it is more than refuge, God actually provides rescue. The psalm speaks of God’s rescue from illness, from persecution by enemies, wild beasts…

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Colossians 3:16 – March 12, 2018

Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, as in all wisdom you teach and admonish one another, singing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs with gratitude in your hearts to God. Colossians 3:16 NABRE      Paul in this letter to the Colossians is exhorting the community that they have died to this world and are no longer dominated by its values, influences and agendas. They have died with Christ and have begun to share in…

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Psalms 27:4 – March 7, 2019

One thing I ask of the LORD; this I seek: To dwell in the LORD’s house all the days of my life, To gaze on the LORD’s beauty, to visit his temple. Psalms 27:4 NABRE      Psalm 27 presents the point of view of someone in great danger from evil doers who were lying about trying to kill him. Yet in spite of difficult circumstances the psalmist is confident, courageous and unafraid. Knowing the Lord and…

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Psalms 84:11 – March 3, 2019

Better one day in your courts than a thousand elsewhere. Psalms 84:11 NABRE      Psalm 84 reads from the point of view of someone who wishes to dwell in the house of God. At the time many people were required and went on Pilgrimages to Jerusalem with the temple and this psalmist would love to go and even stay there. The psalmist says in the quoted verse that even one day in the court of God…

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