Psalms for Troubled Times – Psalm 108

The Living Word While this psalm is titled ‘A Song or Psalm of David’, it is more likely to have been written by Jews returning from exile, being re-gathered back to the land. As these exiles journey from northern Babylon, they face danger and persecution on all sides, but turning to the living Word of…

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 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…

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…

Redemption – we all need it!

We all love a good story about redemption.  A human hero, warts and all, who overcomes weakness to win the day.  We love it because we live it.  We identify with the weakness and maybe even the warts, and we hope to overcome, to win. Redemption is such a common theme that GoodReads has a shelf…

How valuable is a human life?

Speaking to a man in Northfield today, we got on to the subject of Capital Punishment. He described it as murder, and said: It is never right to take a life! I would like you to pause a moment. Do you agree? I don’t want to debate the merits of this statement here. It was…