Psalms in Troubled Times – Psalm 81

Flee Idolatry, Kneel Humbly, Live Fully [This Psalm looks back to what was; considers what should be; and asks us to be honest about what is.] Asaph begins by looking back to Israel’s redemption from the bondage of Egypt, and calls Israel back to the worship of their God and Saviour. A worship that was…

Psalms in Troubled Times – Psalm 80

Restore, Shine, Save This is a delightful Psalm, entitled ‘Testimony of Lilies’, and is a three-fold prayer of confidence in a gracious and glorious God that He would restore us, shine upon us, and save us. ——————————————————————- ‘Give ear, O Shepherd of Israel, thou that leadest Joseph like a flock; thou that dwellest between the…

Psalms in Troubled Times – Psalm 79

Love your Neighbour “O God, the heathen are come into thine inheritance; thy holy temple have they defiled; they have laid Jerusalem on heaps … We are become a reproach to our neighbours … How long, LORD? wilt thou be angry for ever? shall thy jealousy burn like fire? Pour out thy wrath upon the…

Psalms for Troubled Times – Psalm 78

Tell the Children “Maschil of Asaph.Give ear, O my people, to my law: incline your ears to the words of my mouth. I will open my mouth in a parable: I will utter dark sayings of old: Which we have heard and known, and our fathers have told us. We will not hide them from…

Psalms for Troubled Times – Psalm 77

In Trouble, On Trial, With Trust The Psalm begins with six statements of very personal trouble. Maybe you’ve been there! “I cried unto God with my voice, unto God with my voice; and he gave ear unto me.  In the day of my trouble I sought the Lord:  My sore ran in the night, and ceased not:  My soul refused to…

Psalms for Troubled Times – Psalm 76

Great, Glorious, Gracious The Lord’s name is great“In Judah is God known: his name is great in Israel. In Salem also is his tabernacle, and his dwelling place in Zion. There brake he the arrows of the bow, the shield, and the sword, and the battle. Selah.” Note that in the place of His name…

Psalms for Troubled Times – Psalm 75

God is Judge Altaschith (Do not destroy)A Psalm or Song of Asaph. This title altaschith can be seen as a plea from the psalmist to the divine judge for mercy and deliverance. Unto thee, O God, do we give thanks, unto thee do we give thanks: for that thy name is near thy wondrous works…

Psalms for Troubled Times – Psalm 74

Remember, Remember, Remember Maschil of Asaph. O God, why hast thou cast us off for ever? why doth thine anger smoke against the sheep of thy pasture? Remember thy congregation, which thou hast purchased of old; the rod of thine inheritance, which thou hast redeemed; this mount Zion, wherein thou hast dwelt.…O God, how long…

Psalms for Troubled Times – Psalm 73

From ‘How?’ To ‘Whom?’ (So we begin a new section of the Psalms – Book 3, and the next 11 Psalms are all Psalms of Asaph) A statement of faith v1Truly God is good to Israel, even to such as are of a clean heart. A confusion of mind v2-9But as for me, my feet were almost…

Psalms for Troubled Times – Psalm 72

The best is yet to come A Psalm for Solomon,_ a type of Christ in His future coming in glory to reign._ V1-3 – The character of His KingdomGive the king thy judgments, O God, and thy righteousness unto the king’s son. He shall judge thy people with righteousness, and thy poor with judgment. The…

Psalms for Troubled Times – Psalm 71

Divine Righteousness, Daily Response In thee, O LORD, do I put my trust … Deliver me in thy righteousness, and cause me to escape … Be thou my strong habitation, whereunto I may continually resort: thou hast given commandment to save me; for thou art my rock and my fortress. Deliver me, O my God…

Psalms for Troubled Times – Psalm 70

Let God be magnified in my body ‘Make haste, O God, to deliver me; make haste to my help, O LORD …Let all those that seek thee rejoice and be glad in thee: and let such as love thy salvation say continually, “Let God be magnified”. But I am poor and needy: make haste unto…