Psalm 117 (Psalms on the Trail)

“The faithfulness of the Lord endures forever. Hallelujah!”  Psalm 117:2b These flowers in the photo are Virginia spiderwort.  Spiderwort is a large but dainty perennial with branched stalks topped by groups of blue, three-petaled flowers an inch or two across. While on the trail they caught my eye and gave me hope to keep trudging on […]

Psalm 115 (Psalms on the Trail)

Carolina lily, AT trail blaze. “Not to us, O Lord, not to us, but to your name give glory because of your steadfast love and faithfulness.”  Psalm 115:1 It’s counter-intuitive to our cultural ethos that leadership is “not about us.”  Yet for followers of Jesus, leadership never points to one’s self.  Leadership does not need […]

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 85 (Psalms on the Trail)

“Steadfast love and faithfulness have met each other; righteousness and peace have kissed each other.”  Psalm 85:10 There is a love affair going on between steadfast love, faithfulness, righteousness (also known as justice) and peace…a love affair that exists in God’s presence.  Hopefully these are found in some measure in our most intimate love and […]

Psalm 26 (Psalms on the Trail)

“Prove me, O Lord and try me: test my heart and mind. For your steadfast love is before my eyes, and I walk in faithfulness to you.”  Psalm 26:2-3 I was climbing large rock stairs at the end of the day, drawing near to the highest elevation in Virginia.  It was indeed a test.  (To learn […]