Songs of Degrees – Psalm 122

Unity & Prosperity in God’s Presence ‘I was glad when they said unto me, Let us go into the house of the LORD.’ (v1) Ascending to the third step we find the psalmist looking forward with hope (this will generally be characteristic of every third step through these Songs of Degrees). His hope is that…

Songs of Degrees – Literary Introduction

Before we get into the psalms themselves, I want to examine these 15 psalms as a whole, for it is clear these psalms were compiled with thought and care. While there is linear progression from the ‘distress’ of Psalm 120 to the ultimate ‘blessing’ of the sanctuary in Psalm 134, there is also the repetition…

Psalms for Troubled Times – Psalm 119:25-56

Strengthened in the Inner Man We made a good start in 119a in walking in the way of the blessed man. We considered the importance of the word of God to living holy lives, growing strong in faith, ‘in grace and in the knowledge of the Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ’ (2 Pet 3:18). However,…

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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….

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…

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…

The answer to anxiety

I would like to share a great sermon I heard on a subject that many, if not all, of us know much about – anxiety. There is an answer. Have a listen, and I hope you find it as helpful as I did. Anxiety by RW Glenn

Why the violence?

Another day … more violent deaths! On the news tonight I’m reading of 12 shot dead at the Navy Yard in the States; a teenager charged with murder in Leicester; a teenager arrested on suspicion of murder in Birmingham; a report issued into the terrible abuse and death of a child in Coventry. The BBC’s…

Hope in God’s Sovereign Timing

Thinking about the account in Mark chapter 1 of the temptation of God’s eternal Son, Jesus Christ, and his subsequent commencement of public ministry, gives great encouragement to all who are going through their own times of testing, trials or periods of suffering. The lessons are simple, but can be difficult to appreciate in a…