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 108 (Psalms on the Trail)

“For your steadfast love is greater than the heavens, and your faithfulness reaches to the clouds.”  Psalm 108:4 Reflection:  This psalm is a bit of a strange one in that it has borrowed chunks from two other psalms— Psalm 57 and Psalm 60.  So if it sounds familiar, it is. No matter.  The repetition gives […]

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 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 52 (Psalms on the Trail)

But I am like a green olive tree     in the house of God. I trust in the steadfast love of God     forever and ever.            Psalm 52:8   The photo above is not mine—I pulled it off the internet, and it is indeed an olive tree. The smaller photo is mine, […]

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 […]

Psalm 5 (Psalms on the Trail)

  “But I, through the abundance of your steadfast love, will enter your house; I will bow down toward your holy temple in awe of you.” Psalm 5:7 Because I have walked too closely to flooded rivers, and because I have hunkered down too high on ridges during thunderstorms, I am aware of creation’s terrifying power […]