Posts Tagged Snippets from the Psalms

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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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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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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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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