Entries by Brian Borgman

A New Covenant Prayer

He (h) Stanza (33-40) Introduction How often do we pray for our spiritual growth? We legitimately pray for all kinds of needs and concerns, but how often do we pray that God would grow and change us from the inside out? This stanza is a prayer for growth from a changed heart. There are many […]

Grace to Stick When Stuck

Daleth (d) Stanza (25-32) Introduction Christina Rossetti (1830-1894) memorably wrote in the hymn, “None Other Lamb, None Other Name,” these words: My faith burns low, my hope burns low; Only my heart’s desire cries out in me. These lines capture the Psalmist’s emotions in this stanza. He is dealing with what is going on inside […]

Dealing with Hostility and Pressure

Gimmel (g) Stanza (17-24) Introduction The aleph stanza (1-8) focused on the happiness of an obedient life. The beth stanza (9-16) showed how to live a pure life by the Word of God. The gimmel stanza (17-24) speaks to dealing with outside pressure and hostility. There is a progression. If we, by grace, live a […]