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Clean & Unclean, Sacred & Common

Our salvation is in the Lord; God is the one who determines the clean and the unclean, casting our sin far from us because of the work of Jesus Christ on our behalf.

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A Praise-the-Lord Sandwich?

The special contribution of this Psalm is to describe the members of God’s universal choir of praise, and also to challenge our highly limited sense of what praise (& worship) really are … ultimately, being & doing precisely what God created us to be & do. Affections follow.

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God Alone is My Rock and Salvation

Can we trust in and experience God as our Rock & Salvation in a world of lies, violence, and treachery? David under the Holy Spirit says YES, but we will have to call ourselves often to this faith and ask God to make it a habit of the heart.

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The Shepherd for Sheep Like Us

Jesus is the perfect Shepherd for sheep like us; we might recognize ‘design’ in the relationship! As such, Jesus knows, leads, feeds, and protects His flock and each member of it. Let us trust, thank, and follow.

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For His Name’s Sake!

Because of the good, great, chief Shepherd that Jesus is, His blessed flock can know eternal peace & provision. Put away the proverbial calm, pastoral scenes; Jesus must be more like a warrior to bring us all the way through … and this He does, for the sake of His own name.

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The Great King is in Session

One of the fifteen “royal psalms,” this one is also the most quoted OT text in the NT, as it reveals a Father/Son conversation in the Godhead and assures us of our King’s absolute rule over all things. In response, we should volunteer freely in His & our days of strength.

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The Lord is My Inheritance & Cup

“A Psalm for the Older Son” asks all readers and singers if the LORD really is enough as our Inheritance and Cup. As the proper Center for a saint’s life, byproducts would include peace, gratitude, and a love for the people of God.

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The Song of the Suffering Servant

This psalm is ‘of David,’ and even more about the greater Son of David, our Lord Jesus … in His unique, vicarious suffering, but also in the victory which arises out of crucifixion. All subsequent history is outlined at the close of this psalm; by grace, maybe you are here too!

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The Lord is Good ~ How and Why?

Jewish tradition called for the singing of “The Egyptian Hallel” at the close of the Passover or Seder. That collection is Psalm 113-118, meaning these themes were on our Savior’s mind as He left the upper room. What can we learn about the inner life of Jesus from this Psalm, explaining the source of God’s eternal mercy to us?

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The One Thing That Is All Things

Does God mind, in our prayers, when we ask Him for “just one [more] thing” … and that becomes a long list of things?! David leads us well here, as long as we recognize, at the end of that list is our desire for God Himself. Ponder why John Bunyan and his “Pilgrim” loved this Psalm too.

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