Psalm Saturday | Our Merciful and Loving God

Compassion and mercy are recurring themes that come to mind as we continue to examine and explore the Psalms that form what is traditionally known as the “Great Hallel.” We maintain our focus on the “Songs of Ascent.” Sung and recited by Israelites on their pilgrimage to participate in annual festivals, the “Songs of Ascent” […]

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Psalm Saturday | Deliver Us From Evil

The book of Psalms is often referred to as the ancient Israelite’s hymn book. The songs of Psalms cover an array of emotions and experiences ranging from mourning to praise, from suffering to worship, from sadness to joy, and from doubt to assurance. As the pilgrims trekked up to Jerusalem, they reflected on the immeasurable […]

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Psalm Saturday | Hallelujah!!!

Last month, we began exploring what is commonly known as the “Hallel Psalms.” An ancient Hebrew word, Hallel is simply a command to praise. This week, we examine and meditate on the final entry of what is historically referred to as the “Egyptian Hallel.” The Egyptian Hallel is the first portion forming a trilogy of […]

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Psalm Saturday | Songs of Praise

According to biblical accounts, after the Last Supper, Jesus and his disciples sang a hymn together before heading out to the Mount of Olives to pray in the Garden of Gethsemane. Scholars believe that the hymn they sang probably included Psalms 113-118, also known as the “Egyptian Hallel.” We find the singing of a hymn […]

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Psalm Saturday | In Awe and Wonder

In Psalm 114, the psalmist recalls the events surrounding the exodus and celebrates God’s sovereign watch over the Israelites, His covenant people. Like Psalm 113, the Israelites sang this psalm at Passover. The psalmist personifies the Red Sea, describing it as being able to see the Israelites coming and in response, fleeing from them by […]

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