Music as Ministry to God

In Psalm 137 in today’s Bible reading* we read of the Babylonian captors demanding that God’s people sing their songs for their amusement. The psalmist asks, how can we sing the Lord’s song in a foreign land. God’s people obviously feel differently about their songs than the Babylonians do. Given the words the psalmist says,…

Really Praise the Lord!

Over and over in today’s Bible reading* the psalmist encourages God’s people to praise the Lord. Why? Because praise is the only appropriate response to God’s Person and provision! So what does “praise” mean? The Hebrew word is the basis for Halleluiah. Actually, Halleluiah literally means, praise the Lord. The word means to boast about…

Praying with the Psalms

I have mentioned several times before that the Psalms can serve as models for our prayers, praise, thanksgiving, worship, and expressing our grief. The Psalms in today’s Bible reading* are particularly good examples for us. Psalm 89 is another Maskil. You will remember that Maskils are psalms that stimulate the mind. They make you think….