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 – 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 100

Celebrating Victory That I’m writing this on VE Day is fitting. 75 years ago today, Britain came together for a day of celebration to mark victory in the European theatre of World War Two. Yet, these were the celebrations of a moment, for as Winston Churchill reminded the nation: ‘We may allow ourselves a brief…