Psalms

Because You Made the LORD Your Dwelling Place: A Devotional

“Because you made the LORD your dwelling place–the Most High, who is my refuge–no evil shall befall you, no plague come near your tent.”—Psalm 91:9–10 If you do a Google search and type the word “Psalm,” Psalm 91 likely appears—algorithmic evidence that it is the most popular chapter in the Psalter. And why not? This passage speaks of Yahweh being a “refuge”…

Sermonic Reflections on Sonoma’s Recent fires

You Hold My Right Hand Psalm 73:23–26 Considering the destructive wildfires that have ravaged our community for the last week, there are genuine reasons to be discouraged, even afraid. Maybe you’re asking yourself why things like this happen. Perhaps you’ve had friends who’ve lost their homes. Scores of individuals have already lost their lives, and no doubt, many are wondering, “Where is…

Christmas in Psalm 72: An Advent Devotional

In an election year, expectations for future leadership are high. We desire that a president, governor or other elected official accomplish certain objectives. We also hope that our leaders act justly and with integrity. Yet, when a term-limit is complete, who among us isn’t disappointed? In the Old Testament, a line of Kings ruled Israel for nearly five centuries. There was anticipation…

Christmas in Psalm 65: An Advent Devotional

This post is the first of four advent devotionals from the book of Psalms For many of us, Thanksgiving and Christmas form a single month-long holiday. Maybe this is due in part, to retail. Stores try to persuade us that Black Friday is our last, and best chance for deals that will evaporate come Saturday morning. For Christians, Christmas and Thanksgiving are…