Category Archives: Facing the music (Psalms)

The plans of the Lord

Psalm 33:10-22 Many people think of God as a Being who made the world originally but who long ago ceased to take any interest in it, let alone intervene in its affairs. But this is not the case: He is … Continue reading

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By the word of the Lord…

Psalm 33:1-9 Why is it “fitting” for us to praise God (verse 1)? No doubt there are many reasons; this psalm focuses on some of them. “The word of the LORD is right and true…” (verse 4) There is a … Continue reading

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Going to the dentist

Psalm 32 Apparently 1 in 4 of us are afraid of going to the dentist. That’s a staggeringly high proportion of the population. It may be a hangover from times past, when dentists had a reputation for barbarity; there was … Continue reading

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In God’s hands

Psalm 31 David has always made it his habit to trust in God for protection and security. Now once again he is in danger: he and his 400 followers have come out of hiding in order to protect the border … Continue reading

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Near disaster

Psalm 30 This psalm could well have been first sung at the dedication of Araunah’s threshing-floor as the site for the future Temple (I Chronicles 21:28-22:1). David has been through a deep personal and national crisis: the plague that has … Continue reading

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Confidence in God

Psalm 27 “The LORD is my light and my salvation – whom shall I fear?” (verse 1) David knows God – and he therefore feels confident and secure, even in the most stressful circumstances. For God is hope to the … Continue reading

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Teach me Your ways

Psalm 25 Life is a long journey; to begin well is no guarantee that we shall not lose our way later on. So David prays for God’s help: “Show me Your ways, LORD, teach me Your paths.” (verse 4) He … Continue reading

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