Hosea 10

Section 4d: Israel is an empty vine, and the hardened fallow ground must be broken up. There is still time for Israel to humble themselves and ‘seek the Lord’ voluntarily. If not, they will be put to shame for trusting in false gods and feeble men.

Philippians ch.2

Key Points: 1) We must be humble, 2) Son of God found humble, 3) Faith in action, 4) Friends sent

Pigheaded Pride – a terminal condition

‘He who, being often reproved, hardens his neck, shall suddenly be destroyed, and that without remedy’ Proverbs 29:1 It’s one thing to be a simpleton or a fool. It’s quite another to be pigheaded and proud of it. The Bible constantly characterises the fool as one who has not prepared for the future (Matt 7:26,…

Psalms for Troubled Times – Psalm 119:113-128

We now come to the final group of sections – the Godward aspect. We will notice that the central section of the seven from Samech to Shin deals with the righteous basis of our relationship with the Lord. Before this we have three sections about character, and after, in a chiasmic structure, are three sections…

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 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 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 of Hope – Psalm 66

God brings the humble through (V8-15) ‘O bless our God, ye people, and make the voice of his praise to be heard: Which holdeth our soul in life, and suffereth not our feet to be moved. For thou, O God, hast proved us: thou hast tried us, as silver is tried. Thou broughtest us into…

Touching God

“We feel more connected to someone if they touch us” Prof Guerrero (1); We know this is true on a human level, but I want to also think of inanimate objects. No doubt you can think of examples when you were in the presence of objects of significance, either belonging to a famous person, or…