A Psalm for Your Calm

A Psalm for Your Calm

Psalm 18: Equipped for Victory

A “defeatist mentality” is a mindset which assumes all attempts at success, change, and victory are pointless. It believes that the enemy is too strong, the righteous are too weak, and that the inevitable outcome of history will be one in which Satan gets the last say. It quickly gives in to despair and refuses to risk anything, convinced that such attempts would lead only to defeat. If we are being honest, each of us struggles with this mindset from…

A Psalm for Your Calm: Psalm 18: God’s Perfection Demands Praise

Why do you worship God? Is it out of a sense of obligation? Is it due to the benefits of worshipping communally such as making social connections? Maybe our reasons are more theological: we worship the Lord because he saved us from sin and death. While this final reason is sound and good, it isn’t the ONLY reason we worship God. We worship the Lord, not simply for what He has done, but for who He is. Psalm 18 speaks…

A Psalm for Your Calm: Psalm 18

We will never feel secure in God until we are captured by the majesty of God. Safety and assurance are only produced when we are confident that the one who promised to protect us is able to ensure it. Sadly, when we face insurmountable odds, God is the last one we turn to. Why? Is it possible that we believe the Lord’s hand is ineffective in certain areas of our life? More likely, it is the fact that we have…

A Psalm for Your Calm: Psalm 17

There is a difficult truth which believers must remember every day: this life isn’t the ultimate one. It is difficult in that the present, tangible existence we presently enjoy is all we know; its comforts and promises of fulfillment are always tantalizing. That there is a grander existence waiting doesn’t mean that we can’t enjoy the present world, but that we should enjoy it with the understanding that it isn’t the final world. A new world is coming—a heavenly country—one…

A Psalm for Your Calm: Psalm 14

In 2006, prominent English biologist and atheist Richard Dawkins released the book “The God Delusion.” Selling more than three million copies and making its way near the top of the New York Times Bestsellers list brought Dawkins to the forefront as one of the most prominent anti-religious voices in the world. Ironically, while Dawkins is considered a respected author and teacher in his field, he also is someone that God considers a fool. While this might seem audacious, the Psalmist…

A Psalm for Your Calm: Psalm 13

“How long will this go one?” It’s a question on many of our minds as we continue to fight the present pandemic. When is it going to end? If we could only see a light at the end of the tunnel—a tangible stopping point—it would make our situation much more bearable. Yet, as it stands, no one really knows the answer as to when this will be over. That’s tough. We aren’t the only ones who ask this question, in…

A Psalm for Your Calm: Psalm 11

When faced with a dangerous presence, humans often respond in one of two ways: fight or flight. When we feel threatened, we either stand our ground and fight to the bitter end, or we run away in fear. If I am being honest with my own weaknesses, I am often tempted to avoid controversy rather than stare it down. While this might be an admirable quality when trying to avoid unnecessary strife, it can be an excuse for cowardice in…

A Psalm for Your Calm: Psalm 7

I have yet to meet someone who enjoys being criticized. While we might appreciate constructive criticism, we rarely feel it is actually “constructive” in the true sense of the word. In fact, we often have people in our life who pinpoint a deficiency in our character and relentlessly pursue it: a mother who constantly critiques the way her daughter raises her children; a father who always corrects the way his son maintains his house; an employer who humiliates his employee’s…

A Psalm for Your Calm: Psalm 47

One of my favorite scenes in C.S. Lewis’ “The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe” is when the new kings and queens are coronated. The regality associated with a coronation is a glorious occasion. As Americans we struggle to grasp such an image because of our resistance to royalty. Yet, when a good and righteous king/queen is crowned, the people rejoice as they anticipate the new blessings that will come with their reign. Throughout the Psalms, we witness several moments…

A Psalm for Your Calm: Psalm 12

When Peter preached on the day of Pentecost, he pleaded with the people to be “saved from the corrupt generation” (Acts 2:40). This seems odd. Isn’t every generation corrupted by sin? No doubt, yet there seems to be certain generations so corrupted by sin that they can be comparatively worse than previous or future ones. Certain generations, due to the influence of the church and historical/cultural changes, conform more to truth and goodness; others, in reaction to those generations, swing…

A Psalm for Your Calm: Psalm 10

Confusion and doubt, while not permanent staples in the life of the Christian, do arise as we walk in faith through this age of darkness. Even as we face this epidemic, some of you may be asking God, “Why?” We might feel irreverent when we say such, but the Lord gave us the Psalms to explore the entire breadth of human emotion in light of his saving presence and grace. For example, as we read Psalm 10, we witness the…

A Psalm for Your Calm: Psalm 9

Throughout our life, we face all kinds of judgments from people we know and don’t know. A discontented in-law might judge the way you raise your children; an overly critical neighbor might judge the way you chose to dress when they see you at the store; a friend might judge your poor relationship choices. Without fail, these critiques and criticisms will continue until this present world ends. Many of these judgments are unfair, biased, and fail to take into account…