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…

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 – Psalms 113-118

The Egyptian Hallal We now move into the first of six psalms that extol and praise the LORD for His faithfulness. These psalms are known as the Hallel or the Egyptian Hallel (due to 114:1), and are synonymous with the gathered feasts of Israel: Passover, Pentecost, and the feast of Tabernacles. When we think of…

Jesus Christ, the Son of David

Some I have spoken to recently have disputed this point, claiming the Jesus was not of the seed of David; that the genealogies are invented; that Jesus cannot be the promised Messiah. However, throughout the Gospels we find people referring to Jesus, in passing, as the Son of David. In other words, Jesus’ link with…