Category Archives: Facing the music (Psalms)

What’s the point of it all?

Psalm 39 This psalm was composed out of frustration (verses 1-3) – frustration at the prosperity of the wicked at the expense of the righteous. It’s all very well for God’s Word to tell us that the wicked man’s success … Continue reading

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Blessed are the meek

Psalm 37 Any careful observer of human society will quickly notice that injustice and inequality are facts of life. The callous and unscrupulous people appear to have things all their own way, while truth and goodness are suppressed – and … Continue reading

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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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