Psalms for Troubled Times – Psalm 114

What ailed thee, O thou sea, that thou fleddest? We concluded psalm 113 with the thought of the LORD’s humility ‘to behold the things that are in heaven, and in the earth’ (v6), and to lift ‘the needy out of the dunghill’ (v7). In this psalm we are given the specific example of how the…

Psalms for Troubled Times – Psalm 113

Who is like unto the LORD our God? This psalm divides neatly into two sections: the glory of the LORD (v1-5) and the grace of the LORD (v6-9). The two key words found in verses 5 and 6 respectively identify the theme of each half of the psalm: ‘high’ and ‘humble’. High The first thing…

Psalms for Troubled Times – Psalm 112

The Blessed Man Renewed Today’s psalm picks up from where we left off yesterday, and issuing a ‘hallelujah’, tells us: ‘Blessed (Asher) is the man who fears the LORD, and in His commandments (bemiswotaw) greatly delights’ The phrase ‘blessed is the man’ is a key phrase in the Psalms as a whole. You’ll remember that…

Psalms for Troubled Times – Psalm 110c

The Throne of Grace We continue our meditations of this most important psalm, and having considered the pre-eminence and power of Christ the King, ‘set at the right hand’ (v1), we now turn to the High Priestly Ministry of our Lord Jesus, as we muse upon ‘the right hand’ being the place of prayer. A…

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 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…

Peace with God?

We all long for peace, in our families, communities or the wider world, and yet any peace we find never lasts for long. The reason is that we don’t enjoy peace with God, and peace with God is the foundation of all true peace. Peace with God is impossible in our current sinful condition. Jesus…