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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The Magi: Gifts for a King (Matthew 2:1-12)

The nativity accounts of the birth of Jesus contain some famous characters.  Some of those characters are the Magi, or wise men, whose appearance is described in Matthew 2:1-12.  These Eastern mystics travelled a long, long way from their homeland because they believed they had seen a heavenly sign that a special baby had been […]

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Psalm 8 – God’s majesty & man’s dignity

Scripture seems very comfortable with placing contrasting ideas right next to each other.  For me, the opening verse of Psalm 8 is one of those places: ‘O Lord, Our Lord, how majestic is Your name in all the earth’ (v1). ‘O Lord’ points me to the magnitude, magnificence, wonder and otherness of God, while right […]

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Psalm 72 – Praying for a perfect king

Psalm 72 is a prayer.  Penned by King Solomon, David’s son, it expresses a desire for the king to be empowered by God to rule the nation in a godly way.  It describes an ideal ruler who will establish the key priorities for God’s people.  A number of themes leap out at the reader. The […]

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