Tag Archives: Psalms

Elul Meditation: Even Mother and Father

Psalm 27 is read morning and evening throughout this month of Elul and to the end of Sukkot. Perhaps the most poignant verse in Psalm 27 is vs. 10. It is odd in its surrounding of petitions. Is it an … Continue reading

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Elul Meditation: To Gaze, To Contemplate

Psalm 27 is read morning and evening throughout this month of Elul and to the end of Sukkot. There are two reasons David gives for his desire to have ready access to dwell in the sanctuary (Tabernacle, later the Temple): … Continue reading

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Elul Meditation: To Dwell

Psalm 27 is read morning and evening throughout this month of Elul and to the end of Sukkot. David seeks one thing: אותה אבקש otah avakesh, this I would seek. The one thing is to dwell, to dwell in the … Continue reading

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Elul Meditation: One Thing

Psalm 27 is read morning and evening throughout this month of Elul and to the end of Sukkot. אחת שאלתי מאת יי Achat sha’alti mei-et Adonai One thing I have asked from Adonai David implies that of all the things … Continue reading

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Elul Meditation: Rescue and Shelter

Psalm 27 is read morning and evening throughout this month of Elul. The first section of Psalm 27 is about rescue (vss. 1-3) and the second about shelter (vss. 4-6). Not everyone divides the Psalm the same way. John Goldingay, … Continue reading

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Elul Meditation: In This I Trust

Psalm 27 is read morning and evening throughout this month of Elul. Psalm 27:3 is a statement missing its reference. David says “in this I will trust,” but what is the this? בזאת אני בוטח B’zot ani botei’ach In this … Continue reading

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High Holidays 101: Elul and Its Meaning

Throughout Elul and into the Days of Awe (Rosh Hashanah to Yom Kippur) and Sukkot (Tabernacles), I will be posting information and inspiration for a wide audience. Because there are so many Bible readers and fans in this great big … Continue reading

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Elul Meditation: To Devour My Flesh

Psalm 27 is read morning and evening throughout this month of Elul. The Psalms provide some of the most startling images of suffering in all the Bible. On par with Job and Lamentations and the wry musings of Kohelet in … Continue reading

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Elul Meditation: Who Shall I Fear?

Psalm 27 is read morning and evening throughout this month of Elul. The first half of verse 1 has a nice rhythm in Hebrew (which matches the second half): יי אורי וישעי ממי אירא Adonai ori v’yishi Mimi ira Adonai … Continue reading

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Elul Meditation: My Salvation

Psalm 27 is read morning and evening throughout this month of Elul. It begins, “The Lord is my light and my salvation.” Salvation is perhaps not the best English word, not because it is not an accurate rendering of ישעה … Continue reading

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Elul Meditation: My Light

Psalm 27 is read morning and evening throughout this month of Elul. The first phrase says, “The Lord is my light.” Nowhere else is God referred to as “my light.” What can we say about it? The blessing of the … Continue reading

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The Gospel in Psalm 66

While working for one of the publications for which I am a freelance writer, I came across Psalm 66. I am not currently studying the Psalms. I would be afraid to make the Psalms a focus of any academic work. … Continue reading

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A New Blog: Yinon

Psalm 72:13 says, “May his name endure for ever, his fame continue as long as the sun!” The word for “continue” is interesting. It is written in the Masoretic text as yinnin, but is read aloud as yinnon. This is … Continue reading

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