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    Healing Psalms

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    The Dialogues with God That

    Help You Cope with Life

    A Readers Companion to the Book of Psalms

    Jo s h u a O. H a b e r m a n

    John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

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    Healing Psalms

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    The Dialogues with God That

    Help You Cope with Life

    A Readers Companion to the Book of Psalms

    Jo s h u a O. H a b e r m a n

    John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

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    Copyright 2003 by Joshua O. Haberman. All rights reserved

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    To Maxine,

    the Love of my Life

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    vii

    Contents

    ACKNOWLEDGMENTS xiii

    INTRODUCTION xv

    FIVE SUGGESTIONS FOR

    READING THE PSALMS xvii

    GUIDE TO TOPICS IN

    THE PSALMS xixPSALM 1 1Two Ways of Life

    PSALM 2 2Rejoice with TremblingReflection: Do Not Follow the

    Crowd

    PSALM 3 3Down but Not OutReflection: Coping with Fear

    PSALM 4 5Listen to Your Heart and Be

    StillReflection: Security under God

    PSALM 5 6God Is Not on the Side of EvilReflection: God Cares

    PSALM 6 7I Soak My Bed with TearsReflection: God Heals

    PSALM 7 9He Will Fall into the Trap HeMade

    Reflection: Evil Destroys Itself

    PSALM 8 10

    Does Your Life Make a Difference?Reflection: The Grandeur andMisery of Man

    PSALM 9 12God Does Not Abandon ThoseWho Turn to Him

    Reflection: Prayer

    PSALM 10 14Is God on the Job?Reflection: Gods Justice

    PSALM 11 16God Is Watching!Reflection: Escapism

    PSALM 12 17When You Cant Trust AnyoneReflection: The Two-Front War

    against Corruption

    PSALM 13 19Godforsaken?Reflection: Prayer

    PSALM 14 20Who Has the Last Laugh?

    Reflection: Dependence on GodPSALM 15 21Gods FavoritesReflection: What Is Righteousness?

    PSALM 16 22The Happiness of Knowing

    Gods PresenceReflection: Joy in Gods Presence

    PSALM 17 23

    When God Is Your Best FriendReflection: Prayer

    PSALM 18 25God to the RescueReflection: You Light My Lamp

    PSALM 19 28God Beyond Is Also WithinReflection: The Law of God

    PSALM 20 30The Power of PrayerReflection: Dependence

    PSALM 21 32Hope Is Grounded in Past

    ExperienceReflection: Joy-Sharing

    Reflection: The Two Ways

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    viii C O N T E N T S

    PSALM 22 33An Experience of SalvationReflection: Hope

    PSALM 23 35The Nightingale of the PsalterReflection: Intimacy with God

    PSALM 24 37Who Is Nearest to God?Reflection: Humility

    PSALM 25 38When Deep in TroubleReflection: Prepare to Meet God

    PSALM 26 41Corruption Is ContagiousReflection: Wonder

    PSALM 27 42Dont Be Ashamed of Your FearsReflection: Fear of Abandonment

    PSALM 28 45Why Expect Help from God?Reflection: Unanswered Prayer

    PSALM 29 46The God of Nature Shares

    Power with ManReflection: God Empowers Man

    PSALM 30 48God, Our LifelineReflection: Optimism

    PSALM 31 50The War of Words

    Reflection: Self-EsteemPSALM 32 52Confession Brings ReliefReflection: Confession

    PSALM 33 53God Is in ChargeReflection: Gods Omniscience

    PSALM 34 55Does Personal Experience

    Confirm Your Faith?Reflection: Be Positive

    PSALM 35 57When Former Friends Repay

    Good with EvilReflection: Words

    PSALM 36 59In Gods Light We See LightReflection: God, Our Preserver

    PSALM 37 61Dont Fight Fire with FireReflection: Anger and Resentment

    PSALM 38 64The Trial of IllnessReflection: Guilt

    PSALM 39 66Is Life Worth Living?Reflection: Death

    PSALM 40 68Back to God for More HelpReflection: Indecision

    PSALM 41 71The Test of FriendshipReflection: Illness

    PSALM 42 72The Dark Night of the SoulReflection: God Experience

    PSALM 43 74Turn to the FutureReflection: Overcoming Gloom

    PSALM 44 75Keeping the Faith Despite

    Gods SilenceReflection: God in Hiding

    PSALM 45 78Family Values in a Royal

    Wedding SongReflection: Enjoy Life

    PSALM 46 80God, Our Refuge and FortressReflection: Crisis-Born Vision

    PSALM 47 82God RulesReflection: God and Reverence

    for Life

    PSALM 48 83Thank God, It Didnt Happen!Reflection: Appreciation

    PSALM 49 85He Shall Take Nothing with HimReflection: Death

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    C O N T E N T S ix

    PSALM 50 88What God Wants from YouReflection: Intimacy with God

    PSALM

    51 90Coping with GuiltReflection: Guilt

    PSALM 52 92When Words Are WeaponsReflection: Words and Silence

    PSALM 53 93Who Has the Last Laugh?Reflection: Dependence on God

    PSALM 54 94Let God Be Your JudgeReflection: Wonder

    PSALM 55 95Cast Your Burden upon GodReflection: Escapism

    PSALM 56 97God Knows Your PainReflection: Trust

    PSALM 57 99Steadfastness Comes with FaithReflection: Appreciation

    PSALM 58 101Leave Vengeance to GodReflection: Retribution

    PSALM 59 103God Will Justify the Innocent

    Reflection: Morning PrayerPSALM 60 105Vain Is the Help of ManReflection: Rejection

    PSALM 61 106God, Our RefugeReflection: To Pray and to Pray For

    PSALM 62 107The Reward Is According to Your

    DeedsReflection: Patience

    PSALM 63 109Absence Makes the Heart Grow

    FonderReflection: Organized Worship

    PSALM 64 111They Will Stumble over Their

    Own TonguesReflection: Joy in Worship

    PSALM 65 112The More Grateful You Are,

    the Happier You Will BeReflection: The Purpose of

    Prayer

    PSALM 66 114Thanksgiving Is Due at All

    TimesReflection: Our Interdependence

    PSALM 67 116Our God Cares for All NationsReflection: Retribution

    PSALM 68 117A Patriots Tribute to GodReflection: Gratitude

    PSALM 69 120Suffering for the Sake of God

    Reflection: The Book of LifePSALM 70 123Dont Be Ashamed to Ask for

    HelpReflection: Hope and Patience

    PSALM 71 124We Grow More Dependent

    upon God with AgeReflection: Trust

    PSALM 72 126Characteristics of an Ideal

    National LeaderReflection: Leadership

    PSALM 73 128When Good Things Happen to

    Bad PeopleReflection: Envy

    PSALM 74 131Eyewitness to DestructionReflection: Making a Comeback

    PSALM 75 133The World Will Not Fall ApartReflection: With Firmness in

    the Right

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    x C O N T E N T S

    PSALM 76 134God Is with the HumbleReflection: Providence

    PSALM

    77 135Seeking God in Days of TroubleReflection: Memory

    PSALM 78 137Does History Teach UsAnything?

    Reflection: Models

    PSALM 79 142Search Your Own Soul When

    Disaster StrikesReflection: Faultfinding

    PSALM 80 143It Takes Two to Make PeaceReflect