The Glory of God’s Slowness to Anger

The Glory of God’s Slowness to Anger

In the 2nd line of Ps. 103:8, David writes that Yahweh is slow to anger. It’s an interesting Hebrew phrase, which literally reads, long-nosed. It means it takes a long time to reach a flaring up of the nostrils. The opposite of this is similar to when we describe...
That Which Should Be Proclaimed

That Which Should Be Proclaimed

In Psalm 96:2, the Psalmist gives a call for all the earth to bless God’s name and then the remainder of v.2 and all of v.3 further describe this act of blessing his name. First, the people are to proclaim or announce his salvation—the deliverance that he brings...
A Necessary Ingredient of Worship-Humility

A Necessary Ingredient of Worship-Humility

There are 3 words in Ps. 95:6 that all have a similar connotation to them if, for instance, you were approaching a king in his court—prostrating oneself, bowing down, and kneeling. These terms demonstrate an utter respect and dependence on the One who is the recipient...
How to Properly Count Our Days

How to Properly Count Our Days

Moses’ response to contemplating the truths contained in Ps. 90:1-11 is expressed at the beginning of v.12—Teach us or make known to us how to count our days. He’s not asking for a divine math tutor, but instead, as the NET translates—to rightly consider our...
The Starting Spot for All Prayer

The Starting Spot for All Prayer

In Psalm 86:1, David pleads with the Lord: Incline your ear, or in other words, bend down your ear to me and respond to my prayer. Why?-“Because I am afflicted or lowly or weak and I’m also needy, requiring outside help.” All prayer should begin here. This...
What Hinders Our Passion for Worship?

What Hinders Our Passion for Worship?

Amidst all these expressions of the privilege and joy of worshipping God in Psalm 84, there arises an all too common, but honest question: What if I don’t view worship as a joyful privilege? You might attest to these thoughts: “Worship feels more like a chore than a...
Faith Beats Fear

Faith Beats Fear

Ps. 56:3 can be most literally translated—In a day that I may fear, I will put my trust in You.  This verse serves as a commitment to fight fear with faith and is fulfilled in v.4.  Notice the different verb tenses in v.4—”I have trusted in God [and so] I won’t...