Author Archive: helen.cockram

Light Dawns after the Storm

PSALM 97 In its own right, Psalm 97 is  a noble text.  In the first part, (97:1-5) the glory of God is revealed.  God “is hidden in the mystery of clouds in thick darkness, irresistible fire proceeds him, lightning and thunder manifest his power… the unqualified sovereignty of God.”  (James Luther Mays).  But, unlike many […]

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Everlasting Kingdom

PSALM 89 GOD’S PROMISE OF AN EVERLASTING KINGDOM I will sing of the steadfast love of the Lord, forever; With my mouth I will make known your faithfulness to all generations…You have said, “I have made a covenant with my chosen one; I have sworn to David my servant; I will establish your offspring forever […]

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We Plough The Fields And Scatter

We plough the fields, and scatter the good seed on the land; But it is fed and watered by God’s almighty hand: He sends the snow in winter, the warmth to swell the grain, The breezes and the sunshine, and soft refreshing rain.   All good gifts around us? Are sent from heaven above,? Then […]

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Lifelong Hope

Read Psalm 71 It is thought that David wrote this Psalm in his old age.  The magnificent boy who slayed a giant now has greying hair and aching limbs.  He is feeling his age, dismayed by his fading strength.  (Anyone sympathise?!) Some call this the ‘prayer of the Aged Believer’, ‘who, in holy confidence of […]

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Showing Off The Royal Son

A royal son arrived this week for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, and many have longed for a glimpse of him, queuing at hospital doors and Palace gates, waving flags and waiting in great anticipation. Every camera angle is covered; hundreds of photographers from across the world straining for the first glimpse of the baby born to be King.

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Psalm 63

Click to read: PSALM 63 David, King of Israel, writes this poem from a place that should be foreign to royalty: the desert, the wilderness. A place of discomfort where one’s everyday necessities such as food and drink are scarce. And yet, David is more interested in his spiritual needs than his physical circumstances. He […]

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To Sing Like David

PSALM 59 David was a fugitive of the irrational King Saul. His house was surrounded by fierce and bloodthirsty men whose mission was to kill him. But God saved him from this terrifying ordeal. And David sang. He sang about the mercy and might of God his fortress. So it has been all through redemptive […]

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Abide with me

Click to listen to Abide With Me while you read below: This achingly beautiful hymn is a prayer for God to remain present with the writer throughout life, through trials, and through death. The opening line echoes Luke 24:29, where the disciples meet but do not recognize the risen Jesus, “Abide with us,” they ask […]

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Struggling to worship?

PSALM 45 The heading of this Psalm in some versions is ‘upon the lilies’. These scented white flowers were first described as emblems of purity and loveliness in the building of Solomon’s temple.  There are only three Psalms that bear the same title (the others being Psalms 69 and 80) and all three contain prophecies […]

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Trading Up

PSALM 37: Click here to read the whole Psalm. Trust in the Lord and do good; dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture.  Delight yourself in the Lord and he will give you the desires of your heart. (Psalm 37:3-4) What are the desires of your heart? In his book ‘Love Does’, Bob Goff […]

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