From: Rich Carlson
Date: March 8, 2021
Subject: It's March 8; Good Morning Union

“O Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth!”       Psalm 8:1


Psalm 8- another psalm I have fixed in my memory because of its natural focus on the importance of praising God. It contrasts the vastness of the universe with me, just to help me remember that the whole universe does not rotate around me. I am not the primary focal point of the universe, but I am the primary focal point of its Creator—and so are you! The more I can focus on Jesus, the happier I am.


Psalm 38- mostly focused on David’s wrestling with his suffering, caused primarily by his own poor choices. Not all suffering can be directly correlated to personal choices; some is just the result of living in a sinful world. But sometimes I do cause it, and when I do David reminds me that he found strength in knowing that God was still there. Suffering might last for a bit, but when I “confess my iniquity,” God’s healing begins and is sure.


Psalm 68- One verse stood out to me in this song. “Our God is a God who saves.” I LOVE that truth! My God is not trying to figure out a way to keep me out of heaven; He’s in the “business” of doing whatever it takes to get me into heaven! My God is a God who saves. That confidence leads to acknowledging that “You are awesome O God,” (that’s what it says in vs 35!) and I will “bless You and praise You.”


Psalm 98- David’s praise continues in this psalm. He says, “Sing to the Lord a new song, for He has done marvelous things.” And more than just sing—“shout to the Lord! Burst into jubilant song with music… use the harp, the trumpets, the ram’s horn, clap your hands, sing together for joy….” That sounds like what I am blessed by at Family Worship every Friday night!!


Psalm 128- the 9th ascent psalm for the 9th step going up to the temple, it’s a quick little reminder of a huge mental and spiritual focus- Respecting and being in awe of God reaps amazing rewards for life, the main one in this song is peace. I focus; I get peace. Any questions?!



Have a great day discovering God’s peace and joy as you acknowledge his goodness,

Pastor Rich


Quote for the day:      “Just because you can’t see the air doesn’t mean you stop breathing. And just because you can’t see God doesn’t mean you stop believing.”


Marcus Larivaux, pastor from Allon Chapel is coming back to Campus Ministries to offer additional pastoral support. He’ll be in our office space from 1-3 every Monday afternoon for the rest of the semester. You can make an appointment by contacting Pastor Larivaux at or just stop by. We are very grateful that we can offer a variety of pastoral counseling for you.