Category Archives: A life in poetry

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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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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This is your life…

Psalm 18 ‘This is your life’ was a very long-running TV series with a highly successful and popular format: the presenter would ‘ambush’ a famous (or not-so-famous) person, and run through their life story, reminding them of significant moments and … Continue reading

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The Rebellion

Psalm 3 “Absalom stole the hearts of the people of Israel…” (II Samuel 15:6) David is suddenly confronted with treachery, not from some of his courtiers and subjects but from his very own son Absalom (II Samuel 15:1-14). The rebel … Continue reading

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