Psalms for Troubled Times – Psalm 106

Confession of Sin This psalm is the final psalm of Book 4 and paired with 105 both take a look back over the wilderness journey – that journey of faith from Abraham onwards. While the former praises the LORD God for His faithfulness, this makes confession of man’s faithlessness. The previous focuses on the period…

Psalms for Troubled Times – Psalm 105b

Remembering His Story Yesterday, we considered the introduction to this psalm, ending with the call to remember what the Lord has done. Now, as we come to the main content, we find it a psalm of history – specifically His Story of His gracious dealings with His people, and it begins with God remembering His…

Psalms for Troubled Times – Psalm 105

The Worship Week This psalm, possibly linked to the occasion of the bringing of the Ark of the Covenant into Zion, is a calling to remembrance of the LORD’s faithfulness in keeping covenant and redeeming His people. It is a psalm of history. Eight Imperatives However, before getting into the story, the psalmist begins by…

Psalms for Troubled Times – Psalm 104c

Sweet Meditations I trust you’ve been enjoying this journey through the poetic creation week. We have only touched on one or two points each day that have led our thoughts to Christ, but there is so much more to meditate on in your own devotions. Days Five & Six ‘this great and wide sea, wherein…

Psalms for Troubled Times – Psalm 104b

The Poetic Creation Week Genesis 1 begins: ‘In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth’, and then launches into a description of the Creation Week. Among other things this reminds us that our God is orderly. And as we get into the content of Psalm 104, we find the same order presented poetically….

Psalms for Troubled Times – Psalm 104a

God’s Greatness Revealed Psalms 103 and 104 were likely both written by David at the same time, having similar structure and content. Note how they are both book-ended by the one refrain: ‘Bless the LORD, O my soul’. The difference is that 103 focuses on the greatness of God, as seen in our Redemption, while…

Psalms for Troubled Times – Psalm 103

Count your Blessings As we draw towards the close of this wilderness journey, the psalmist looks back, and begins to catalogue the blessings he has enjoyed – a worthwhile exercise for anyone. Our Iniquities forgiven. Our Diseases healed. Our Life redeemed from eternal destruction. Our Head crowned with lovingkindness & tender mercies. Our Mouth satisfied…

Psalms for Troubled Times – Psalm 102

Momentary affliction – Eternal glory In this psalm, the hardship and affliction of the wilderness journey rises to the surface once more, as it so often does. This is not due to a lack of faith on our part. No, it’s just the reality of pilgriming in the wilderness. A reality that we all face….

Psalms for Troubled Times – Psalm 101

Living like a King By this title, I don’t mean ‘living it up’ with a self-indulgent lifestyle. I mean living like a king in the medieval sense, which was to live like THE King. C.S. Lewis understood this and knew that the best education to this end was to observe kingly living in others. So…

Psalms for Troubled Times – Psalm 100

Celebrating Victory That I’m writing this on VE Day is fitting. 75 years ago today, Britain came together for a day of celebration to mark victory in the European theatre of World War Two. Yet, these were the celebrations of a moment, for as Winston Churchill reminded the nation: ‘We may allow ourselves a brief…