Psalm 80 – The Vine

Psalm 80 was written during a period when God was angry with His people (v4).  He was not answering their prayers and they had become an object of ridicule amongst their enemies (v6).  Three times in the psalm the refrain, ‘Restore us, O God; let your face shine, that we may be saved!’ occurs (verses […]

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The Merarites: Carrying tent pegs (Numbers 4:29-33)

The people of Israel were a tribal people. Jacob (also known as Israel) was the nation’s founding father and he had twelve sons. Each of these sons became head of a tribe and these twelve tribes made up the nation. One of the tribes was the tribe of Levi. God set apart the Levites for […]

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Psalm 117 – Two reasons to praise!

Psalm 117 is the shortest of all the psalms but packs a punch far more powerful than its brevity would indicate. The first thing to note is that it is addressed to ‘all nations’ and ‘all peoples’. Wow – so this tiny psalm has a global audience! The whole of the world is told to […]

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Zeruiah: Mother of Warriors (1 Chronicles 2:9-17)

The early days of the kingdom of Israel were turbulent times.  Saul, Israel’s first king, drifted away from following God.  His rebellion meant that God rejected him as king and instead looked for a man after God’s heart.  Upon Saul’s death the kingship passed to God’s chosen man, David son of Jesse. However, as on […]

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Psalm 42 – When your soul is downcast

A longing for the presence of God is a distinctive mark of His people.  There is nothing better than the experience of being with God.  The riches of earth cannot compare to it.  The glories of nature can only point to it.  The intimacy of fellow humans is a mere shadow of it. In Psalm […]

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Psalm 142 – A prayer from a cave

Sometimes the Psalms give insights even before they begin!  Psalm 142 is one of those.  Before we read verse 1 we read: ‘A Maskil of David, when he was in the cave. A prayer.’  The cave in question is the cave of Adullam and we read about David’s time in this cave in 1 Samuel […]

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Gomer: The Prostitute who was Loved (Hosea 1-3)

The book of Hosea is extremely challenging.  The message of the book shines like a powerful beam of light highlighting the unrelenting faithfulness of God’s love in stark contrast to the persistent faithless rebellion of His people.  It is set in Old Testament time where, despite the covenant relationship between God and His people, the […]

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