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…

Psalms for Troubled Times – Psalm 99b

Worship at his Holy Hill Having been introduced in the first half of this psalm to Christ as King, and having seen the expected regality and rule, we now turn to something a little unexpected, for the second half of this psalm presents Christ as Priest. I say ‘a little unexpected’, for while we as…

Amazing Acts – #2

Prayer – An Amazing Provision “These all continued with one accord in prayer and supplication…! ” Acts 1:14 Here we have it … for fear, the disciples had locked themselves away from the world, while they waited for ‘the Comforter’ to come (John 15:26).  And we can understand how they were feeling as we’re locked away…

Psalms for Troubled Times – Psalm 99a

a 2 min read Worship at His Footstool This is the third of three psalms in Book 4 of the psalter (Psalm 90-106) that begin ‘The LORD reigneth”, and each leads us onward. In Psalm 93, we considered the LORD as the heavenly King presently, and even whilst the kings of this earth rage against…

Psalms for Troubled Times – Psalm 98

The Triumphal Entry Isn’t it wonderful that in these psalms of the wilderness journey there is so much joy and song? As Christians, we are not surprised, for we have discovered that in the Lord we have so much to sing about; which is not dependent on the happenings of the moment, or the manufactured…

Amazing Acts – #1

Amazing Hope and Comfort ‘Ye shall be witnesses unto me’ (Acts 1:8) This is what the book of Acts is all about, and Luke presents it very well. Before Jesus went to heaven to sit on the right hand of God (2:34, from Psalm 110:1), He told His disciples to be witnesses, but before they…

Psalms for Troubled Times – Psalm 97b

a 3 min read Rejoice in the Lord In yesterday’s meditation there was no mention of gladness or joy. The response to the coming of Christ from a self-centred world, now facing inevitable judgement, was one of fear and trembling. However, at the beginning of this second section, we are taken to Zion, the City…

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…