Psalms for Troubled Times – Psalm 97a

a 3 min readThe Glorious Coming of Christ If there ever was a subject to give us hope and assurance in troubled times, it is this: Christ is coming! Coming in glory, to bring peace, righteousness and prosperity to earth. Again, this psalm continues from the closing thought of the previous. ‘The LORD reigneth; let…

Psalms for Troubled Times – Psalm 96

A Universal Call to Worship Having gone into the sanctuary to worship in Psalm 95, we now go out ‘among the heathen (the nations)’ (v3, 10), to ‘declare’, to ‘say’, to call all ‘the people’ to worship the LORD, who alone is worthy. There are two aspects of worship mentioned: vocal – ‘Sing unto the…

Psalms for Troubled Times – Psalm 95

Our Great God Following the doubt of Psalm 94, the psalmist once again lifts his voice in praise for the hope that is found in his God. This note of praise grows through subsequent psalms, prophetically looking forward to the day when Christ shall return to take up the throne of His father David. Let…

Psalms for Troubled Times – Psalm 94

Jehovah is Judge Having rejoiced in our Sovereign Saviour, this psalm once more looks round this wilderness way; and seeing many living and acting in selfish, unjust ways, with no thought of God, the psalmist begins with a lament for justice (v1-11) ‘Lift up thyself, thou judge of the earth: render a reward to the…

Psalms for Troubled Times – Psalm 93

Our Sovereign Saviour This is not a long psalm, and it’s worth memorising. ‘The LORD reigneth, he is clothed with majesty; the LORD is clothed with strength, wherewith he hath girded himself: the world also is stablished, that it cannot be moved. Thy throne is established of old: thou art from everlasting.  The floods have…

Psalms for Troubled Times – Psalm 92b

Flourishing in the Wilderness In the previous meditation we saw that worship is the conduit to spiritual rest and flourishing. Perhaps it should be said that this kind of worship – wilderness worship – is necessarily an act of the will, for the natural emotions evinced by the wilderness would lead us, as they did…

Psalms for Troubled Times – Psalm 92a

Worship in the Wilderness This psalm has thrilled my soul these past few days. Initially it seems out of place to have a ‘Psalm or Song for the Sabbath Day’ in a section characterised by the wilderness journey, for typically there is no rest in the wilderness. When we think of Israel’s wilderness wanderings, they…

Psalms for Troubled Times – Psalm 91b

The Blessing of Dwelling on Christ We concluded yesterday with the thought of being ‘occupied alone’ with Christ, and we want to continue in Psalm 91 today and do just that by considering three verbs within the psalm in the intensive form. 1) He shall charge his angels over him (v11-13) This takes our mind…

Hope Sunday School

Watch the latest episode of Hope Sunday School. #14 – Hope … in Danger Paul’s missionary journeys continue. In Ephesus the Christians face opposition from the smiths. Danger abounds, but the Lord is able to bring peace in unexpected ways and they find there’s hope in danger. Click here to go to a full archive…

Psalms for Troubled Times – Psalm 91a

The Blessing of Dwelling in God This precious psalm follows delightfully from the last, where Moses encouraged us to dwell in God. In this, we are brought into the enjoyment of the blessings that flow from this place of rest. A quick internet search will show much has already been said on this psalm in…

Psalms for Troubled Times – Psalm 90

For what is your life? As we move into book 4 of the psalms, we move from the sanctuary to the wilderness, and it is apt that the first of these wilderness psalms, likely the oldest of all, is a prayer from a man whose life’s work was leading God’s people on their wilderness journey…

Psalms for Troubled Times – Psalm 89

Permanence of God’s Covenant Psalm 88 & 89 are sibling psalms, both of an ‘Ezrahite’ – a descendent of Zerah, one of the sons of Judah. It is interesting to note their names. ‘Heman’ means ‘faithful’ and the author of Psalm 88 encourages us to remain faithful no matter how dark the night. ‘Ethan’ on…