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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Tychicus: God’s Postman (Colossians 4:7-9)

Very often we define ourselves, or find ourselves defined by, what we do.  Upon meeting someone, after exchanging names our second question is usually, ‘So what do you do?’  Our occupation, field of work or career therefore communicates to others something about us which begins to define us as a person. So on that basis […]

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Psalm 136 – The Refrain of History

Psalm 136 is so simple and yet so profound.  Even the briefest reading of it will enable you to capture the central thought: ‘His steadfast love endures forever’.  Repeated as the second half of every single one of the 26 verses, it is clear what the Psalmist’s key theme is! At one level the refrain […]

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Psalm 46 – Comfort amid turmoil

I don’t usually tie the content of my posts in with current events.   Today I am going to make an exception.  Yesterday my country voted to leave the European Union.  Yesterday my vote was cast for a losing cause.  Today I woke up concerned about what had happened overnight.  There was a horrible feeling in […]

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Psalm 83 – Recalling Unexpected Victories

Asaph opens Psalm 83 by outlining to God the way an alliance of enemy nations are conspiring against Israel.  Ten nations which geographically surround Israel are listed in verses 6 & 7.  They are described as hating God, planning together against God’s people (His ‘treasured ones’), wanting to wipe out the nation, name and memory […]

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Psalm 29 – The voice of the Lord

God has a voice. Back at the very start of all things, His voice is the one that spoke the words, ‘Let there be light’.  And there was light (Genesis 1:3).  With His voice He created the universe and all that is in it.  With His voice He communicated with Adam and Eve as they […]

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