God’s Steadfast Love Endures Forever

By Ed Twedt Psalm 118:1-2, 19-29 What a beautiful psalm. It divides easily into three parts. Verses 1 through 4 are about community, verses 5 through 21 are about the individual, and verses 22 through 29 are about the worshipping community. The psalm also uses the personal name of God (YHWH) 28 times within its…

Looking on the Bright Side

By Barbara Higdon Psalm 118:1-2, 19-29 Many years ago, I cross-stitched verse 24 of Psalm 118; it still hangs in our bedroom. Even as a young wife with no children yet and few responsibilities, I knew I needed to be reminded daily that every day is a day that God has created.  Some of us…

Connectivity Issues

By Garrett Vickrey Psalm 118: 1-2, 19-29 The cord is coming out of the ground. Or, maybe it was never really in the ground. I had to call AT&T this week to get them to come bury our internet line. The soil is too rocky for it to stay buried. They could never get the…

Worth the Work

By Lori Tyler Psalm 119:9-16 I’ve always loved the changing of seasons, and spring is my favorite time of the year. We took on a huge gardening project this winter hoping to transform our front yard. We decided to put in four or five new flower beds. Now it’s March, and as I look out…

Bible Drill to Promise

By Ellen Di Giosia Psalm 119:9-16 Like many Baptist children of my era, I was devoted to Bible Drill. While living in Mississippi, I studied each week and reveled in the opportunity to show my stuff. “Attention!” (Standing straight, Bible by my left side.) “Present swords!” (Bring Bible front and center, flat in my left…

The Spirit of the Law

  By David Goree Psalm 119:9-16 My cousin Brian is a judge on the Oklahoma Court of Civil Appeals, which is one step below the Oklahoma Supreme Court.  (Please pardon the bragging in my blogging.) Last week, Brian gave me a tour of the appellate courtroom and offices and explained the process by which the…

Hidden Treasures

By Lance Mayes Psalm 119:9-16 If you grew up going to church, you probably memorized several Bible verses or passages. I know several people who have memorized the book of James. It seems we’ve lost this discipline in most churches. I wonder why? Scripture that is memorized is a precious treasure that does not remain…

Connected to God

By Bridgette Langford Psalm 51: 1-12 Growing up in a Christian home , it was not until I was young adult I felt what it was like to be disconnected from God. This is not case for many today. This passage reminds us of what can occur when we have distance from God and the…

Beautiful Mess

By Jennie Mayes Psalm 51:1-12 Often, we want God to perform a “gut job” on us. We want to discard all that is ugly and messy of our lives. We want to be perfectly clean and shiny again. Just like a contractor could come in and tear down an old home and build a brand…

Prayerful Plea

By Christie Goodman Psalm 51 One of the seven traditional Psalms for the Lenten season is Psalm 51. It comes with an editor’s note explaining that David wrote it after Nathan had come to confront him about his adultery with Bathsheba. When we go back and look at 2 Samuel, we see that Nathan’s indictment…