The Lord is My Light

[youtube height=”425″ width=”800″]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O-bMniVioPA[/youtube]   By Lance Mayes Psalm 27 It is easy to be afraid; we have so much to be afraid of — at least that’s what they tell us. We need to be afraid of North Korea. We need to be afraid of ISIS. We need to be afraid of foreign and domestic…

The S-L-S of Worship

By Erica Hanchey Psalm 27 In Psalm 27, David calls upon his experiences of strife, war, and fear in the face of his enemies. He expresses, through prayer and song, his heartfelt desire to worship, even in the midst of war, personal battles, and fear. It isn’t just David’s experience.  It is the experience of…

The Joy of Schadenfreude

By Ellen Di Giosia Psalm 17 “As for me, I will be vindicated and will see your face; when I awake, I will be satisfied with seeing your likeness.” Psalm 17:15 The other day I turned the car radio to the news – can you guess what was on? Election coverage. Election coverage. For an…

Honest Prayers and God’s Path

By Tasha Kane Psalm 17 When we read the Psalms, we see that King David prays to God in sorrow and joy, in fear and in triumph. He prays as if he is talking with his best friend without holding anything back. He reveals his most personal thoughts. In Psalm 17, David is scared and…

God’s Protection

By Leslie Kandt Psalm 91:1-2, 9-16 “The Lord says, ‘If someone trusts me, I will save them. I will protect my followers who call to me for help.’” (Psalm 91:14) These words seem so simple, yet so deep and meaningful, right? It brings a sense of comfort and love to the individual reading; at least…

Living in the Shelter

By Diana Bridges Psalm 91:1-2, 9-16 The first image that comes to my mind when reading these words is that of a superhero, impervious to the frailties of mortal life. Whether by an otherworldly constitution like Superman, a nifty manufactured suit like Iron Man, or by Spidey Senses like Spider-Man, the one who trusts in…

Is It That Simple?

By Jason Hanchey Psalm 91:1-2, 9-16 On the surface, this passage makes it so simple. I believe, therefore I am granted all these protections? Where do I sign? This euphoria is short lived. As I read this again and again, I feel the guilt run deeper and deeper. I don’t deserve all these protections! I…

Rest in the Shadow of the Almighty

By Jennie Mayes Psalm 91:1-2; 9-16 Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. 2 I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust. 9 If you say, “The Lord is my refuge,” and you make the Most…

The Problem of Sin

  By Lance Mayes Psalm 51:1-17 Lent. Growing up Baptist, I was not too familiar with this practice. My Catholic friends would give up caffeine or chocolate, but I was never really sure why. I knew it had something to do with the weeks leading up to Easter. I know a little more now. I…