Psalms for Troubled Times – Psalm 119:169-176

Live Life by Praising God I trust you’ve found our journey through this epic psalm to be profitable. It certainly is very practical, and there’s plenty for us to work on, whether in relation to personal character, social behaviour, or spiritual attitude and action. I think it will be helpful to look back and summarise…

Psalms for Troubled Times – Psalm 119:153-168

We conclude this final group of seven today continuing our look at the response of the blessed man to God. Yesterday we considered how the godly man will seek to live a life of sacrificial worship: ‘for to me to live in Christ, and to die is gain’ (Phil 1:21). Today we are going to…

Psalms for Troubled Times – Psalm 118

What can man do unto me? Having reached the pinnacle and seen much of the glories of the LORD, and known His saving power, these psalms of Hallel conclude by looking forward, fully trusting in the LORD and His redemptive work. The psalmist, which many take to be David (see Ezra 3:10,11) understands there will…

Psalms for Troubled Times – Psalm 117

The Pinnacle of Praise No doubt you have climbed to the top of a mountain at some point, and you’ll have noticed there is not much at the peak. However, it’s not the peak itself that captures your attention, but panoramic views stretching miles in all directions. At times like this there is little to…

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…

Psalms for Troubled Times – Psalm 111

As I mentioned in my introduction to book 5 of the psalms, Psalm 111 and 112 are sister psalms, the response of the faithful heart to the work of God.  The difference between them is that in Psalm 111, the focus is on praising God for who He is. In Psalm 112, the praise is…

Psalms for Troubled Times – Psalm 108

The Living Word While this psalm is titled ‘A Song or Psalm of David’, it is more likely to have been written by Jews returning from exile, being re-gathered back to the land. As these exiles journey from northern Babylon, they face danger and persecution on all sides, but turning to the living Word of…

Psalms for Troubled Times – Psalm 107

A Thankful People While the first of a new book, I mentioned yesterday that Psalm 107 is also the last in a trilogy beginning in 105. Each of these psalms deals with the history of the nation of Israel, but each from a different perspective. From the faithfulness of God, to man’s faithlessness, this psalm…

Psalms for Troubled Times – Overview of Book Five

Today we begin Book Five of the psalter, and just as the fifth book of Moses, Deuteronomy, is a re-gathering of the people, a new generation, to re-visit the law – a call to covenant faithfulness – before they enter the land, so this last book of the psalms has similar themes. The Story so…

Psalms for Troubled Times – Psalm 106

Confession of Sin This psalm is the final psalm of Book 4 and paired with 105 both take a look back over the wilderness journey – that journey of faith from Abraham onwards. While the former praises the LORD God for His faithfulness, this makes confession of man’s faithlessness. The previous focuses on the period…