Lift Up your Hands

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I love the Psalms

Reading:                                        Psalm 134

A song of ascents.

Praise the LORD, all you servants of the LORD
who minister by night in the house of the L
Lift up your hands in the sanctuary
and praise the L

May the LORD bless you from Zion,
he who is the Maker of heaven and earth


This is the fifteenth and final psalm in the Songs of Ascent series. In reality, this psalm is the pilgrims’ farewell offering of worship to the LORD.  After a week or more in Jerusalem, the time has arrived for the pilgrims to return to their homes. But on the evening before they set out on the return journey, they make one last visit to Mount Zion and the great Temple of the LORD. There they lift their hands…

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I love the Psalms

Reading:                                        Psalm 132

A song of ascents.

(Verses 1-5)

LORD, remember David
and all his self-denial.

He swore an oath to the LORD,
he made a vow to the Mighty One of Jacob:
“I will not enter my house or go to my bed,
I will allow no sleep to my eyes
or slumber to my eyelids,
till I find a place for the L
a dwelling for the Mighty One of Jacob”


This is the thirteenth psalm in the Songs of Ascent series. With this psalm, the author returns to a familiar theme—the glory of God’s presence in Zion. It is what has drawn the pilgrims to this holy place. They have come to worship and meet with God.

img_20170209_162239 Icy sunset, Grey Nuns Park, Ottawa…

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Full Redemption

Good thoughts on the value of waiting on GOD.

I love the Psalms

Reading:                                        Psalm 130

(Verses 5-8)

I wait for the LORD, my whole being waits,
and in his word I put my hope.
 I wait for the L
more than watchmen wait for the morning,
more than watchmen wait for the morning.

Israel, put your hope in the LORD,
for with the L
ORD is unfailing love
and with him is full redemption.
He himself will redeem Israel
from all their sins


Psalm 130 can be divided into three distinct sections: the confessional approach, the wait, and the LORD’s response. In yesterday’s reading, we looked at the confessional approach. The psalmist came before his God and poured out his heart. In desperation he pleaded for mercy and forgiveness. At the same time he acknowledged the extreme mercy of God. He knows full…

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Out of the Depths

Good thoughts from my friend David Kitz

I love the Psalms

Reading:                                        Psalm 130

A song of ascents.

(Verses 1-4)

Out of the depths I cry to you, LORD

LORD, hear my voice.
Let your ears be attentive
to my cry for mercy.

If you, LORD, kept a record of sins,
ORD, who could stand?
But with you there is forgiveness,
so that we can, with reverence, serve you


Psalm 130 is a perfect example of a psalm that brings us into the private inner sanctum of communion with God. Here is a portrait of a fallen man—a man on his knees before his Maker, the eternal One. Hear him now as he agonizes in prayer, “Out of the depths I cry out to you, O LORD; O LORD

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Trust Brings Permanence

I love the Psalms

Reading:                                       Psalm 125

A song of ascents.

Those who trust in the LORD are like Mount Zion,
which cannot be shaken but endures forever.
As the mountains surround Jerusalem,
so the L
ORD surrounds his people
both now and forevermore.

The scepter of the wicked will not remain
over the land allotted to the righteous,
for then the righteous might use
their hands to do evil.

LORD, do good to those who are good,
to those who are upright in heart.
But those who turn to crooked ways
the L
ORD will banish with the evildoers.

Peace be on Israel (NIV).


If someone compared you to a mountain, would you take it as a compliment, or would you be offended? Your answer to that question may depend on your gender. I suspect very few women would…

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Keep Praying; Don’t Quit

Encouragement to keep on praying – for years if necessary.

Steve Prokopchak

images-3Breakthrough . . . after twenty-five years of praying.

You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised (Hebrews 10:36).

Jason, Greg, Scott and Mike were my closest friends throughout high school. We were inseparable. We knew the intimate details of one another’s life. Then I had to go and ruin it all by “getting religious.” In December of 1971 I bowed my knee to Jesus and the partying (literally) was over for me. New friends, those who would disciple me as a baby Christian, began to emerge.

While I never condemned my close high school friends, and, I kept my friendship with them, I no longer participated in or condoned their behavior. It was a radical change for me, but I didn’t really consider how radical of a change it was for them. The first half of my…

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The God Who Stoops Down

Good words on God’s humility from my friend David Kitz

I love the Psalms

Reading:                                         Psalm 113

Praise the LORD.

Praise the LORD, you his servants;
praise the name of the L
Let the name of the L
ORD be praised,
both now and forevermore.
 From the rising of the sun to the place where it sets,
the name of the L
ORD is to be praised.

The LORD is exalted over all the nations,
his glory above the heavens.
Who is like the L
ORD our God,
the One who sits enthroned on high,
who stoops down to look on the heavens and the earth?

He raises the poor from the dust
and lifts the needy from the ash heap;
he seats them with princes, with the princes of his people.
He settles the childless woman in her home
as a happy mother of children.

Praise the LORD

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