Entries by c3admin

Monday 30 January, 2017

In this Psalm David is struggling with ill health.  He also has people against him, you can feel that sense as he writes – all he has and can see is God in his world. V 11-12 “Meanwhile I’m sure you’re on my side – no victory shouts yet from the enemy camp!  You know […]

Sunday 29 January, 2017

The older I get, the more I appreciate how real and raw the Bible is – full of the highs and lows of real human existence that everyone will experience if they have lived long enough. Psalm 40, like so many other Psalms gives me the comfort that I can be honest with God about […]

Saturday 28 January, 2017

Not the most uplifting Psalm I have read. This is obviously a season of trouble and lowliness for David.  A depressed state of mind, and he is obviously at war with, and in his soul. The verses that capture me personally though, are vs4-7. Here David is expressing a desire to understand and comprehend that […]

Friday 27 January, 2017

In the midst of all his trouble and pain, David does a couple of things which are a good example of what to do when things are not going well. Firstly he confesses his sin and repents. Instead of turning away from God, he turns to God, he seeks to be near God, to be in his presence, […]

Thursday 26 January, 2017

Such a beautiful Psalm. Full of encouragement & promise for those who love & trust in the Lord but for those who do not – who are called sinners & evil, there is only certain death – forever. Such a contrast for how to live life now & insight into eternity. In the Passion translation […]

Wednesday 25 January, 2017

What a tale of woe.  David defines those who have no faith in God so aptly, and while we may want to believe in the ‘goodness of mankind’ we do well to remember that at the heart of people without Christ there is both the fruit of good and evil. Yet David doesn’t stay in […]

Tuesday 24 January, 2017

In this psalm David is distressed and crying out to God to rescue him, but even as he cries out he paints a picture of God’s strength and capacity to save. He calls out to God to contend for him, to fight for him, to put on armour and come to his aid, to brandish […]

Monday 23 January, 2017

Particularly… …I sought the Lord, and he answered me; he delivered me from all my fears. Those who look to him are radiant; their faces are never covered with shame. The Psalmist here is making a bold claim. But it’s a claim based in his experience; “I had overwhelming fear. I sought the Lord, and…He […]

Sunday 22 January, 2017

I love that pattern in many of the psalms: praise God … for he is/does … This is not empty flattery: praise just because he likes to hear it. Praise is the logical consequence of recognising who he is and what he does. It’s simply being honest about who he is, part of being in […]

Saturday 21 January, 2017

In this passage, we hear David overjoyed at the knowledge of his sin being forgiven. It is clear from his joy that this isn’t just head-knowledge for him, but something that he is experiencing. He knows it not just intellectually, but practically. One key thing he highlights is that at first he refused to confess […]