Psalms 42:11 – November 1, 2018

It shatters my bones, when my adversaries reproach me, when they say to me every day: “Where is your God?” Psalms 42:11‬ NABRE‬‬      Psalm 42 seems to come from a priest longing to be back in the temple with God. It opens with a line of vitality, “As the deer longs for the streams of water, so my soul longs for you, O God.” God is needed as much as water for life. The psalm…

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Psalms 119:11 – October 18, 2018

In my heart I treasure your promise, that I may not sin against you. Psalms 119:11 NABRE      Psalm 119 is designed for personal reading or meditation, not to be proclaimed in public, particularly as it is a very long psalm. It is a psalm that helps the prayerful reader to give thanks, to make supplication and to seek wisdom through contemplation of God’s goodness and gift to us all. The section of the psalm with…

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Psalms 145:18 – October 1, 2018

The LORD is near to all who call upon him, to all who call upon him in truth. Psalms 145:18 NABRE      Psalm one-hundred forty-five is a psalm of praise to God who is great, merciful and His kingdom lasts forever. It opens and closes with promises to praise the LORD. It describes three motivations for this praise; 1) the greatness of the LORD, 2) the goodness of the LORD; 3) the LORD’s everlasting kingdom. When…

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Psalms 18:2 – September 30, 2018

He said: I love you, LORD, my strength, Psalms 18:2 NABRE      Psalm Eighteen is about deliverance obtained when the Lord is asked to help. The psalm opens declaring God is an all-powerful protector, a rock, a fortress, a shield and one to call upon for saving. The psalmist says they love the LORD, recognizing that all strength comes from Him. We read in this psalm and other verses in scripture “I love you LORD” many…

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Psalms 116:1 – September 26, 2018

I love the LORD, who listened to my voice in supplication, Psalms 116:1 NABRE      The psalmist in psalm one-hundred-sixteen is telling the LORD he has nothing but love for Him. The psalmist has been saved from death and it is thanks to the LORD, naturally he is very grateful. The LORD listens to his supplication. It is as if the LORD listening to the pleas of the psalmist humbly asking on his knees, receives them…

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