Psalms for Troubled Times – Psalm 110b

At the LORD’s Right Hand ‘The LORD said unto my Lord, Sit thou at my right hand, until I make thine enemies thy footstool.’ (v1) Many times throughout the Bible, we find mention of the LORD’s right hand, but this is the first time we read of anyone sitting at His right hand. After this,…

Psalms for Troubled Times – Psalm 110a

The Risen Lord ‘A Psalm of David. The LORD said unto my Lord, Sit thou at my right hand, until I make thine enemies thy footstool.’ (v1) It is interesting that while in the NT, this Psalm is the most quoted OT passage, it does not feature significantly in any Jewish literature of the Second…

Psalms for Troubled Times – Psalm 109

Vengeance is Mine Surrounded by enemies, we ended yesterday’s psalm on a note of confidence in the Lord to act against the enemies. In today’s psalm we hear the psalmist’s prayer for his enemies to be avenged. There is no doubt that on this occasion the psalmist is David, and he has one or more…

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 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 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…

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…

King Ego

Yesterday I spent the majority of the day working with a homeless alcoholic we shall call Adam (fictitious name). Spending time with him, trying to get him into some shelter or hostel was not only eye-opening from the point of view of how others live, but enlightening concerning the underlying problems of the soul. Adam…