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,…

The prudent hide from danger

a 2 minute read ‘A prudent man foresees evil, and hides himself; but the simple pass on, and are punished.’ Proverbs 27:12 Some weeks after the birth of our youngest child, we went out for a walk in the Malvern Hills. The forecast was for changeable weather, and not wanting to be caught in a…

Songs of Degrees – Psalm 121

The LORD – our Help and our Keeper Having described his distress on the first step (in 120), Hezekiah ascends to the second step, looking for help. Where will he find it? The advice of the world around him would be to ‘look to the hills’. In other words, to the high places and idols…

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 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 115b

Trust in the LORD These words repeated thrice at the beginning of the final section of the psalm (v9-11), must have been a great boon of strength for the Lord Jesus as He made His way from the upper room and out to Gethsemane. The reason given, and also repeated thrice, is that ‘He is their…

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 – 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 103

Count your Blessings As we draw towards the close of this wilderness journey, the psalmist looks back, and begins to catalogue the blessings he has enjoyed – a worthwhile exercise for anyone. Our Iniquities forgiven. Our Diseases healed. Our Life redeemed from eternal destruction. Our Head crowned with lovingkindness & tender mercies. Our Mouth satisfied…

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….

We Preach Christ and Him Crucified

The Gospel is good news! Good news that there is hope, salvation, forgiveness, reconciliation, life, glory … for all of us.  Good news that we don’t have to do anything to get it, but that God is willing to freely give it to us. Why? Because we deserve it? Absolutely not! We are dead in…