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Posted by 150 Meditations in the Psalms on 2013/10/09

3  Praise him with trumpet sound;

praise him with lute and harp!

4    Praise him with tambourine and dance;

praise him with strings and pipe!

5    Praise him with sounding cymbals;

praise him with loud clashing cymbals!

6    Let everything that has breath praise the Lord!

       Praise the Lord!

                      - Psalm 149:3-6 (ESV)

Posted by 150 Meditations in the Psalms on 2013/10/08

Today's blog post is shared by our Worship Pastor Mark Counihan. Check out his reflections on Psalm 149.

Psalm 149 is a loaded and complex Psalm, and so providing a short reflection on it is almost as difficult as it is for our own Ross Lester to contain and communicate his abundant wisdom and passion in just a mere 30 minute message on Sunday. 

Posted by 150 Meditations in the Psalms on 2013/10/07

11  Kings of the earth and all peoples,

princes and all rulers of the earth!

12  Young men and maidens together,

old men and children!

13  Let them praise the name of the Lord,

for his name alone is exalted;

his majesty is above earth and heaven.

             - Psalm 148:11-13 (ESV)

Posted by 150 Meditations in the Psalms on 2013/10/02

10    His delight is not in the strength of the horse,

nor his pleasure in the legs of a man,

11    but the Lord takes pleasure in those who fear him,

in those who hope in his steadfast love.

 - Psalm 147:10-11 (ESV)

I have always been slightly insecure.

I am moderately undertall for a South African man, I am not exactly Brad Pittesque in looks or physique, and while I am a fairly capable guy, I don’t excel in any of the areas that the world looks to as critical success factors.

Posted by 150 Meditations in the Psalms on 2013/10/01

3  Put not your trust in princes,

in a son of man, in whom there is no salvation.

4    When his breath departs, he returns to the earth;

on that very day his plans perish.

5    Blessed is he whose help is the God of Jacob,

whose hope is in the Lord his God,

6    who made heaven and earth,

the sea, and all that is in them,

       who keeps faith forever;

 - Psalm 146:3-6 (ESV)

Posted by 150 Meditations in the Psalms on 2013/09/30

This psalm is one of complete adoration. It was masterfully worked out with every verse beginning with the corresponding letter of the Hebrew alphabet. This psalm is a defining work meant to praise the Lord with all of the artist’s heart and skill. 

Posted by 150 Meditations in the Psalms on 2013/09/26

3 O Lord, what is man that you regard him,

or the son of man that you think of him?

4  Man is like a breath;

his days are like a passing shadow.

Psalm 144:3-4 (ESV)

Posted by 150 Meditations in the Psalms on 2013/09/25

1  Hear my prayer, O Lord;

give ear to my pleas for mercy!

In your faithfulness answer me, in your righteousness!

2    Enter not into judgment with your servant,

for no one living is righteous before you.

 - Psalm 143:1-2 (ESV)

Psalm 143 is the 7th and last of what is referred to as the penitent Psalms. The penitent Psalms are essentially ones that include confession and an acknowledgement of wrongdoing.

Posted by 150 Meditations in the Psalms on 2013/09/19

1     With my voice I cry out to the Lord;

with my voice I plead for mercy to the Lord.

2    I pour out my complaint before him;

I tell my trouble before him.

3    When my spirit faints within me,

you know my way!

 - Psalm 142:1-3(ESV)

Posted by 150 Meditations in the Psalms on 2013/09/18

Today's 150 Psalm blog post is written by Jenalee Steenkamp who is responsible for our Marketing & Communications here at BBC.

3“Set a guard, O Lord, over my mouth;

keep watch over the door of my lips!”

 - Psalm 141:3

Posted by 150 Meditations in the Psalms on 2013/09/17

9  As for the head of those who surround me,

let the mischief of their lips overwhelm them!

10    Let burning coals fall upon them!

Let them be cast into fire,

into miry pits, no more to rise!

11    Let not the slanderer be established in the land;

let evil hunt down the violent man speedily!

- Psalm 140:9-11(ESV)

Posted by 150 Meditations in the Psalms on 2013/09/16

1  O Lord, you have searched me and known me!

2    You know when I sit down and when I rise up;

you discern my thoughts from afar.

3    You search out my path and my lying down

and are acquainted with all my ways.

4    Even before a word is on my tongue,

behold, O Lord, you know it altogether.

5    You hem me in, behind and before,

and lay your hand upon me.

6    Such knowledge is too wonderful for me;

Posted by 150 Meditations in the Psalms on 2013/09/13

Today's 150 series blog post is shared by Christopher Olsen, our Youth Pastor.

God cares.

He listens.

He even answers.

Do you realize how phenomenal that really is?

I don’t think I do.

I think David did.

Before this Psalm he would write that it felt as though God abandoned him. It felt like God was far from him and would always let bad stuff happen to him.

God was quiet.

But not forever.

It’s like God was quiet for a little bit, so that when he spoke, it would be that much louder.

Posted by 150 Meditations in the Psalms on 2013/09/12

I have to confess that the last couple of verses of Psalm 137 trouble me deeply. I have been dreading having to write a meditation on it. I seriously tried to get someone else on staff to write the blog today. I tried to get our Worship Pastor to write it because it has some lines about singing and I figured he wouldn’t read all the way to the end of the Psalm. You know what these musos are like. He couldn’t do it though as he was off getting his hair done, or teeth whitened, or something that Worship Pastors do. It sounded very important.

Posted by 150 Meditations in the Psalms on 2013/09/11

26 Give thanks to the God of heaven, for his steadfast love endures forever.

- Psalm 136:26 (ESV)

I sometimes treat God as if He is on trial and needs to defend his claims. I hate that I do it, and I am learning to do it less, but it is an area of faithlessness in my life that surfaces its ugly head every now and then.