Psalm 17

A Prayer. Pertaining to Dauid. Hearken, O Lord, to my righteousness; attend to my petition; give ear to my prayer on lips not deceitful. From before your countenance may my judgment come forth; let my eyes see straightforwardness. You tested my heart; you visited by night; in fire you tested me, and no injustice was…

Psalm 16

A Prayer. Pertaining to Dauid. Listen, O Lord, to my righteousness; attend to my petition; give ear to my prayer on lips not deceitful. From your countenance may my judgment come forth; let my eyes see acts of straightforwardness. You tried my heart in fire; you visited by night; you grilled me, and no injustice…

Psalm 15

A stele inscription. Pertaining to Dauid. Guard me, O Lord, because in you I hoped. I said to the Lord, “My Lord you are, because you have no need of my goodness.” To the holy ones in his land— he made marvelous all his will in them. Their infirmities were multiplied; after which they were…

Psalm 14

A Psalm. Pertaining to Dauid. O Lord, who shall sojourn in your camp? And who shall encamp on your holy mountain? One walking blameless and doing righteousness, speaking truth in his heart; who has not beguiled with his tongue nor done evil to his neighbor and did not take up insult against those near him….

Psalm 13

At the end. A Psalm. Pertaining to Dauid. The fool said in his heart, “There is no God.” They caused corruption and were loathsome in their pursuits; there is no one practicing kindness; there is not even one. The Lord bent down from heaven to see the sons of humanity to see if there be…

Psalm 12

At the end. A Psalm. Pertaining to Dauid. How long, O Lord, will you completely forget me? How long will you turn your countenance from me? Until when shall I hold counsels in my soul, have sorrows in my heart by day? How will shall my enemy be exalted over me? Look upon, hearken to…

So Great a Cloud of Copyists

One of the cornerstones of the Reformation is the phrase “Sola Scriptura” — Latin for “Only Scripture.” The idea was that instead of relying on the authority of the [Catholic] Church for matters of faith and doctrine, we should rely on Scripture alone. So let’s pause a moment and consider what has made the availability…

Reading through the Psalms

Altogether it takes about 4.5 hours to read the entire Book of Psalms out loud. (You can verify this on YouTube: there are multiple versions of folks reading the entire Book of Psalms, all of which are 4.5 hours long more or less. Your mileage may vary, of course.) That works out to about 270…

The Purpose of Meditation

The purpose of meditation is not to gain new knowledge, but to live in acquired knowledge. The discovery of new thought content is not the goal of meditation: the object is to bring thought content down into the life of feeling and volition. The goal of meditation is to make a truth the content of…

Psalm 11

At the end. Over the eighth. A Psalm. Pertaining to Dauid. Save me, O Lord, a devout one has failed, because truths became scarce among the sons of humanity. Each spoke vanities to his neighbor; lips are deceitful, in the heart and in the heart they spoke. May the Lord destroy all deceitful lips and…