Hope in the Name of God

“I will praise you forever, because of your work; I will hope in your name, because it is good in the presence of your saints.” (Psalm 52:11 [verse 9 in English translations])   And here, David, in the midst of the grief and sorrow of loss turns his heart to praise. What a remarkable statement… Read More

The Sleep of the Beloved

  “It is vain for you to get up early and go late to your dwelling, Eating the bread of toil; For he gives to his beloved sleep.” (Psalm 127:2)   It may be granted up front that there is some discussion as to how to interpret the last line of this verse. Commonly it… Read More

Pray for the Peace of Jerusalem

“You must pray for the peace of Jerusalem! May those who love you rest at ease.” (Psalm 122:6) Beloved, how do you pray for the church?  The word that we translate as “pray” in this passage is the Hebrew word, la’v’ (shaal), which more literally refers to the way someone might plead or beg for… Read More

Sweet Spiritual Refreshment (Psalm 116:7)

“Return, Oh my life, to your resting place! For Yahweh has ripened over you.” (Psalm 116:7)               We talked about the word vp,n< (nephesh) in verse 4, and how even though that word is sometimes translated as “soul,” it largely deals with the fleshly, physical aspect of life, which is why I think that… Read More