Category Archives: Facing the music (Psalms)

A prescription for living

Psalm 34 How can we live life to the full? David knows the secret: it’s ‘the fear of the LORD’! “Come, my children, listen to me; I will teach you the fear of the LORD…” (verse 11) The ‘fear of … Continue reading

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Protected and delivered

Psalm 34 In his haste to escape from Saul’s murderous intentions, David’s first impulse is to take refuge in Philistine territory, perhaps in the hope of hiring himself out as a mercenary soldier. But news of his quarrel with Saul … Continue reading

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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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