Archive for category Books of the Bible

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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Psalm 13 – In the face of sorrow

One of the things I find so appealing about the Psalms is the way they articulate the full range of human emotions.  They often provide a way for me to articulate feelings I lack the vocabulary or clarity to voice. Psalm 13 is such a psalm.  A feature of the psalm which strikes me is […]

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Psalm 150 – Praise!

I find that it is very easy to complicate things when it comes to the Christian life.  I find I easily catch myself talking about God rather than to God, or thinking about salvation while forgetting the Saviour.  For me, it’s easy to get caught up in focussing on a particular theology or doctrine, rather […]

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Psalm 73 – The place of perspective

It is very easy to look at the world and feel frustrated and angry that living a greedy and self-interested way seems to bring satisfaction, comfort and an easy life for some.  Asaph, the author of Psalm 73, felt similarly and his insights are very helpful! He describes being envious of the arrogant when he […]

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Psalm 22 – The anguish & victory of the cross

Towering across the ages as a permanent monument to the grace of God stands the cross of Christ.  The events of Good Friday, the horrific suffering, crucifixion and death of the Son of God, are beyond description and should constantly cause us to be amazed at what our Saviour has done.  Jesus’ ensuing resurrection from […]

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Psalm 55 – Betrayal!

Psalm 55 is about treachery and betrayal.  The Psalmist, David, felt surrounded by enemies, under pressure and facing trouble (v3).  His heart was in anguish as he felt death was nearby, while fear, trembling and horror filled his thoughts (vv4,5).  His desire was to have wings like a dove so he could fly to safety […]

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Psalm 1 – Contrasting characters

Psalm 1 is a study in contrasts.  At the outset of this amazing collection of songs and poems, two types of people, two lifestyles, are laid out side by side for the hearer/reader to compare.  On the one hand is the man who is blessed by God (v1), who is later revealed in verse 6 […]

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