The Firmly Planted Tree

By Joey Hawkins

A Psalms reading podcast for the encouragement of the church.

The Firmly Planted Tree is a podcast for the reading and discussion of the Psalms—the song and prayer book of the church bringing the whole of human experience before God. FPT is hosted by Joey Hawkins.

He is like a tree
planted by streams of water
that yields its fruit in its season,
and its leaf does not wither.
In all that he does, he prospers.
—Psalm 1:3

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The Firmly Planted Tree Episodes

Joey Hawkins

Psalm 26 – Tested and True

In this episode, we read and reflect on Psalm 26. Contrasting the themes of Psalm 25 and 26, we seek to have our hearts tested and tried by God so that we may glorify Him. Our music is provided by Brian Sauve. You can find more info and support Brian in writing and recording the Psalms (He just released Psalm

Joey Hawkins

Psalm 25 – The Wantonly Treacherous

In this episode, we read and reflect on Psalm 25. While much of the Psalms points us to an active trust in the face of enemies, we focus in the theme of treachery and betrayal. Our music is provided by Brian Sauve. You can find more info and support Brian in writing and recording the Psalms (He continues to update

Joey Hawkins

Psalm 24 – The Ascended King

In this episode, we read and reflect on Psalm 24. This psalm was sung at the arrival of the Ark of the Covenant in Jerusalem and we sing it now as we worship the ascended King Jesus. Our music is provided by Brian Sauve. You can find more info and support Brian in writing and recording the Psalms (He continues

Joey Hawkins

Psalm 23 – The Shepherd’s Psalm

In this episode, we read and reflect on Psalm 23 and simply share a few translations and excerpts from commentaries and writings on this beloved Psalm. Our music is provided by Brian Sauve. You can find more info and support Brian in writing and recording the Psalms (Check out his new work on Psalm 150!) at the link: https://www.briansauve.com/songs-worth-singing Please

Joey Hawkins

Psalm 22 – Why have you forsaken me?

In this episode, we read and reflect on Psalm 22, a psalm on lips of Jesus as he suffered on the cross and a prayer for his church as they suffer. Our music is provided by Brian Sauve. You can find more info and support Brian in writing and recording the Psalms (Check out his new work on Psalm 150!)

Joey Hawkins

Psalm 21 – The King’s Strength

“Lord, who is like unto thee? Solomon in all his glory could not be compared with thee, thou once despised man of Nazareth.” – Charles Spurgeon. Join us for Psalm 21 and the celebration of the King’s strength fulfilled in Christ Jesus. Our music is provided by Brian Sauve. You can find more info and support Brian in writing and

Joey Hawkins

Psalm 20 – The King and his people

In this episode, we read and reflect on Psalm 20, a psalm that is the picture of Godly leaders and those under their care. Our music is provided by Brian Sauve. You can find more info and support Brian in writing and recording the Psalms (Check out his new work on Psalm 150!) at the link: https://www.briansauve.com/songs-worth-singing Please make sure

Joey Hawkins

Psalm 19 – A One-Two Punch

In this episode, we read and reflect on Psalm 19, the double whammy of the heavens and the Law proclaiming the glory of God. Our music is provided by Brian Sauve. You can find more info and support Brian in writing and recording the Psalms (Check out his new release of Psalm 37!) at the link: https://www.briansauve.com/songs-worth-singing Please make sure

Joey Hawkins

Psalm 18 – Blessed be the Rock

In this episode, we read and reflect on Psalm 18, the reflection by David on the faithfulness of God over his life and reign as king and the prediction of the rule of the Messiah. Our music is provided by Brian Sauve. You can find more info and support Brian in writing and recording the Psalms (Check out his new

Joey Hawkins

Psalm 17 – Arise O God

In this episode, we read and reflect on Psalm 17, where we consider the plea and prayer of David before God the judge and savior, and consider how we love our enemies. Our music is provided by Brian Sauve. You can find more info and support Brian in writing and recording the Psalms (Check out his new release of Psalm

Joey Hawkins

Psalm 16 – The Pleasant Portion

In this episode, we study Psalm 16, looking at the man who orients his life around the Lord, and then in praise of the Lord for His faithfulness. Our music is provided by Brian Sauve. You can find more info and support Brian in writing and recording the Psalms (Check out his new release of Psalm 37!) at the link:

Joey Hawkins

Psalm 15 – A Guest of God

In this episode, we read and reflect on Psalm 15, a psalm that resembles the holiness requirements to enter the tabernacle yet drives us straight to the character and integrity of the upright in heart. Our music is provided by Brian Sauve. You can find more info and support Brian in writing and recording the Psalms (Check out his new

Joey Hawkins

Psalm 14 – In which we say mean things to atheists

In this episode, we read and reflect on Psalm 14, which deals harshly with atheistic thinking. Our music is provided by Brian Sauve. You can find more info and support Brian in writing and recording the Psalms (Check out his new release of Psalm 37!) at the link: https://www.briansauve.com/songs-worth-singing Please make sure to check out https://themajestysmen.com/ and support the HNR.GD

Joey Hawkins

Psalm 13 – The Howling Psalm

In this episode, we read and reflect on Psalm 13, as Spurgeon so aptly put it the “howling psalm.” Our music is provided by Brian Sauve. You can find more info and support Brian in writing and recording the Psalms (Check out his new release of Psalm 37!) at the link: https://www.briansauve.com/songs-worth-singing Please make sure to check out https://themajestysmen.com/ and

Joey Hawkins

Psalm 12 – I Do Not Love My Lips

In this episode, we read and reflect on Psalm 12, with quotes from C.S. Lewis on the deceptive tongue that shows up throughout the psalms. Our music is provided by Brian Sauve. You can find more info and support Brian in writing and recording the Psalms (Check out his newest release!) at the link: https://www.briansauve.com/songs-worth-singing Please make sure to check

Joey Hawkins

Psalm 11 – Steady On

In this episode, we read and reflect on Psalm 11, a short Psalm set as a simple statement of trust. Our music is provided by Brian Sauve. You can find more info and support Brian in writing and recording the Psalms at the link: https://www.briansauve.com/songs-worth-singing Please make sure to check out https://themajestysmen.com/ and support the HNR.GD network for other podcasts,

Joey Hawkins

Psalm 10 – Break the Arm of the Wicked

“If there is to be rescue, there has to be putting down. Literally the plea is for Yahweh to break the arm of the faithless in order to stop his strong-arm tactics.” John Goldingay In this episode, we read and reflect on Psalm 10, looking at the prayer of God to frustrate the plans of the wicked. Our music is

Joey Hawkins

Psalm 9 – The Avenger

In this episode, we read and reflect on Psalm 9 from a translation of the Septuagint. While there are many themes to look at, I bear down on the “avenger of blood” and it’s role in  justice that points to God’s justice. Our music is provided by Brian Sauve. You can find more info and support Brian in writing and

Joey Hawkins

Psalm 8 – Our Place

“We may style this Psalm the song of the Astronomer; let us go abroad and sing it beneath the starry heavens at eventide.” – Charles Spurgeon In this episode, we read and reflect on Psalm 8, the unique song of praise and invitation to consider our place and purpose in creation. Our music is provided by Brian Sauve. You can

Joey Hawkins

Psalm 7 – The Oath of Innocence

In this episode, we read and reflect on Psalm 7, one that has been a part of my prayer life. We look at the Biblical concept of the oath of innocence and the searching of motives that God performs as the true and righteous judge. Our music is provided by Brian Sauve. You can find more info and support Brian

Joey Hawkins

Psalm 6 – All My Tears

In this episode, we read and reflect on Psalm 6, the first of the penitential Psalms. I pray that whatever tears shed in your life now will last only for the night, and that joy will come anew in the morning. Our music is provided by Brian Sauve. You can find more info and support Brian in writing and recording

Joey Hawkins

Psalm 5 – Lead the Righteous

In this episode, we read and reflect on Psalm 5, which Spurgeon described as “not so much a prayer as a resolution.” Remember that God directs the paths of the righteous and that you are not alone in pursuing that path. Our music is provided by Brian Sauve. You can find more info and support Brian in writing and recording

Joey Hawkins

Psalm 4 – Listen Here

In this episode, we read and reflect on Psalm 4 which charges us to place ourselves in proper dependence on God. Our music is provided by Brian Sauve. You can find more info and support Brian in writing and recording the Psalms at the link: https://www.briansauve.com/songs-worth-singing Please make sure to check out https://themajestysmen.com/ and support the HNR.GD network for other

Joey Hawkins

Psalm 3 – Cracking Jaws

In this episode, we read and reflect on Psalm 3 which introduces us to Psalms with the historical context and imprecatory language. “To be in a minority is itself a test of nerve; more so when the minority is shrinking.” – Derek Kidner Our music is provided by Brian Sauve. You can find more info and support Brian in writing

Joey Hawkins

Bonus Episode – Teddy Roosevelt’s Man In The Arena

A bonus episode of the famous “Man In The Arena” by Theodore Roosevelt. It comes from his speech, “Citizenship In A Republic” delivered at the Sorbonne in Paris, France on the 23rd of April 1910. I hope you enjoy the reading and share the podcast with a friend!

Joey Hawkins

Psalm 2 – “Kiss the Son” with guest Rollie Hawk

This week we are joined by our first guest, Rollie Hawk. Rollie lives in Anna, Illinois where he serves as an Elder at First Christian Church. For our first church discussion we discuss Psalm 2 with the royal image of the Son and the honor due him from nations and kings. Our music is provided by Brian Sauve. You can

Joey Hawkins

Psalm 1 – The Tree

Welcome back to the Firmly Planted Tree. In this episode we kick off the reading of the Psalms with Psalm 1, centering around the righteous man planted like a tree by the waters. Our music is provided by Brian Sauve. You can find more info and support Brian in writing and recording the Psalms at the link: https://www.briansauve.com/songs-worth-singing And please

Joey Hawkins

Intro to The Firmly Planted Tree

The Firmly Planted Tree, a Psalms reading podcast for the encouragement of the church. This is our introductory episode!