Category Archives: Psalm Challenge

Increase

Cactus fruit
 

Cactus fruit at El Charco del Ingenio, San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato, México
 
Then shall the earth yield her increase; and God, even our own God, shall bless us.
Psalm 67:6, King James Version
 


Earth, yield your increase,
for God has made you fruitful,
blessing you with life.

 
Text and photo © 2012 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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Do You Hear the Sound?

Catedral, San Miguel
 
Make a joyful shout to God, all the earth!
Psalm 66:1, New King James Version
 


Do you hear the sound?
All the earth is praising God,
shouting joyfully!

 
Text and photo © 2012 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
Photo: Catedral, San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato, México
 
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Hear My Voice, O God!


 
Hear my voice, O God, in my prayer: preserve my life from fear of the enemy.
Psalm 64:1, King James Version
 


Hear my voice, O God!
Save me from fearing my foes,
and preserve my life.

 
Text and photo © 2012 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
Photo: Statue of General Francisco “Pancho” Villa atop Cerro de la Bufa, Zacatecas, México
 
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My Soul Thirsts for You


 
O God, thou art my God; early will I seek thee: my soul thirsteth for thee, my flesh longeth for thee in a dry and thirsty land, where no water is;
Psalm 63:1, King James Version
 

My soul thirsts for You
in this dry and thirsty land,
where no water is.

 
Text and photo © 2012 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
Photo: Cholla cactus, Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, Southern California
 
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Rock and Salvation

Mission San Juan Capistrano
 
Truly my soul waiteth upon God: from him cometh my salvation. He only is my rock and my salvation; he is my defence; I shall not be greatly moved.
Psalm 62:1-2, King James Version
 

Rock and salvation,
I shall not be greatly moved—
you are my defense.

 
Text and photo © 2012 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
Photo: Great Stone Church at Mission San Juan Capistrano, Southern California
 
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In My Hour of Need

Take 2
 

Hear my cry, O God; attend unto my prayer. From the end of the earth will I cry unto thee, when my heart is overwhelmed: lead me to the rock that is higher than I.
Psalm 61:1-2, King James Version
 

Rock higher than I,
to you the Spirit leads me
in my hour of need.

 
Text and photo © 2012 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
Photo: Northern Arizona
 
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Advent: Day 16

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For our soul is bowed down to the dust; our body cleaves to the ground. Rise up, come to our help! Deliver us for the sake of thy steadfast love!
 
Psalm 44:25-26, Revised Standard Version
 

Bowed down to the dust,
our body cleaves to the ground—
come to our help, Love!

 
Text and photo © 2011 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
Photo: Northern Arizona
 
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Advent: Day15

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O God, thou art my God, I seek thee, my soul thirsts for thee; my flesh faints for thee, as in a dry and weary land where no water is.
 
Psalm 63:1, Revised Standard Version
 

In this weary land,
O God, dry souls thirst for You,
all flesh faints for You.

 
Text and photo © 2011 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
Photo: Northern Arizona
 
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Advent: Day 8

Refrain from anger, and forsake wrath! Fret not yourself; it tends only to evil.
Psalm 37:8, Revised Standard Version

 
In any given day in my classroom, I can find plenty of things to be angry about.
 
J-Girl and C-Boy are chattering and giggling together in the back of the room as I try to show the class how to write haiku.
 
For the fifth day in a row, N-Boy comes to class unprepared. “Can I have a pencil?” he asks.
 
S-Boy won’t stay in his seat for more than five minutes at a time. Then he jumps up and starts wandering aimlessly around the classroom, poking at the computer keyboard or rummaging through my desk drawer.
 
Sometimes these kids get under my skin. Sometimes I feel like venting my wrath. But will it do any good for me to get angry at my students?
 
Will my anger change J-Girl and C-Boy from chatterboxes into quiet, serious scholars? More likely they will become sullen and resentful.
 
Will my anger convince N-Boy that he should come to class with pencil and paper in hand? More likely he will figure out a way not to come to class at all. There are plenty of hiding places in the building for the student who wants to play hookey.
 
Will my anger change S-Boy, who has ADHD, into a student who sits in the same spot from bell to bell without moving a muscle? More likely he will become even more hyper.
 
The psalmist knew that the venting of anger and wrath is likely to unleash evil into the world, so he strongly counsels his readers: “Refrain from anger and forsake wrath!”
 
During the season of Advent, God shows us once again that the way of love is more effective than the way of anger.
 
May God help me to remember, not only during Advent, but every day, that refraining from anger in my classroom is wisdom, for human relationships grow and flourish when wrath is set aside.
 

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