Archives for April 2016

Psalm 103 (Psalms on the Trail)

“For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is your steadfast love for those who fear you. As far as the east is from the west, so far have you removed our transgressions from us.” Psalm 103: 11-12  I am looking southeast from the spine of the Blue Ridge.  How far […]

Psalm 102 (Psalms on the Trail)

“I have become a like a vulture in the wilderness, like an owl among the ruins. I lie awake and groan;  I am a sparrow lonely on a housetop.” Psalm 102: 6,7 Night herons are said to be social birds, roosting in groups;  but when it comes to foraging for food, they work alone, sometimes […]

Psalm 101 (Psalms on the Trail)

I will not tolerate people who slander their neighbors. I will not endure conceit and pride. I will search for faithful people to be my companions. Only those who are above reproach will be allowed to serve me. I will not allow deceivers to serve in my house, and liars will not stay in my […]

Psalm 100 (Psalms on the Trail)

“Worship the Lord with gladness; come into his presence with singing…. Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise.” Psalm 100: 2,4 Don’t be too grossed out by Chester’s slobbery lick.  After leaving D.C. 355 miles ago,  we had finally arrived  at Pittsburgh’s Point State Park, a spit of land at the confluence […]

Psalm 99 (Psalms on the Trail)

“Proclaim the greatness of the Lord. Fall down before God’s footstool. God is the Holy One.”  Psalm 99:5 These exquisite little mushrooms would be missed unless one crouches down on the ground  beside a fallen, rotting log. There is a woman whose faith seemed best expressed from the ground: Mary of Bethany, the sister of […]

Psalm 98 (Psalms on the Trail)

“Sing a new song to the Lord who has done marvelous things… You remember your steadfast love and faithfulness to the house of Israel.”  Psalm 98:1,3 Once again we hear a psalm that is singing a new song.  Once again the earth is joining in: the sea roars, the rivers clap their hands and the […]

Psalm 97 (Psalms on the Trail)

The Lord reigns, let the earth rejoice… The mountains melt like wax before the Lord of all the earth… Confounded be all who worship false images and delight in false gods… Light dawns for the righteous and joy for the honest of heart…  Psalm 97: 1,5,7,11 Reflection:  I passed this mountain of metal as I […]

Psalm 96 (Psalms on the Trail)

“Sing to the Lord a new song.   Sing to the Lord all the earth.” Psalm 96:1 Here’s what struck me about this psalm:  People and nature have an equal participation in our created relationship to God.  So why do we religious human types think we have the monopoly on praising God?  Apparently, God thinks otherwise […]

Psalm 95 (Psalms on the Trail)

“Come, let us sing to the Lord: let us shout for joy to the rock of salvation.” Psalm 95:1 This photo is from my tent site at Four Pines Hostel—home to cows, ducks, hens, two roosters, a couple of dogs and some crazy guinea hens that run up and down the field and try to […]

Psalm 94 (Psalms on the Trail)

“Rise up, O judge of earth; give the proud what they deserve!”  Psalm 94:2 This psalm haunts me now.  I never paid much attention to it before—until I heard this musical setting of it:  “Rise Up” by Sons of Korah.  Perhaps the words once seemed irrelevant because I was too comfortable with the status quo. […]