Psalm 32 – Sin and Suffering

Psalm 32 begs he question: what is the link between sin and suffering? Not all suffering is a direct result of our sins, but we would fail to speak the truth if we did not affirm that iniquity is pardoned ultimately in Jesus Christ. Our music is provided by Brian Sauve. He just released a new full-length album, “Sing Psalms, … View More

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 … View More

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 … View More

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 … View More

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 … View More

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 … View More

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 … View More

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 … View More

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 … View More

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 … View More

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 … View More

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 … View More

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 … View More

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 … View More

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 … View More

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 … View More

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 … View More

Ep. 37 – Keeping Christ in Mind

In order to follow Jesus’ example, and live sacrificially, we must keep Christ at the forefront of our mind. If we don’t keep Christ in mind, it’s easy to forget about the mission and focus on selfish goals. On this episode we looked at a great, thought-provoking tweet by Dustin Benge (@DustinBenge).

Ep. 35 – How Close Should We Be to Society?

On this episode, we are highlighting a great response from a listener named Austin. He felt led to record some thoughts of his own regarding episode #34 and sent it our way. It was too good not to share!

Ep. 34 – Being a Christian on Social Media

On this episode, we discussed how Riley has been engaging others on his personal social media accounts. Recent events have ignited many interesting conversations online, but how should we respond to them as Christians? Join the discussion!