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Does God seem distant?

Psalm 10 1  Why, Lord, do you stand far off??Why do you hide yourself in times of trouble? 2  In his arrogance the wicked man hunts down the weak,?who are caught in the schemes he devises. 3  He boasts about the cravings of his heart;?he blesses the greedy and reviles the Lord. 4  In his […]

Hymn: Rock of Ages

Rock of Ages, cleft for me, Let me hide myself in Thee; Let the water and the blood, From Thy wounded side which flowed, Be of sin the double cure, Save from wrath and make me pure. Not the labor of my hands Can fulfill Thy law’s demands; Could my zeal no respite know, Could […]

Please, Please, tell me a story

Please, please, tell me a story   Psalm 9 To the Choirmaster: According to muth-labben A Psalm of David. 1 I will give thanks to the LORD with my whole heart; I will recount all of your wonderful deeds. 2 I will be glad and exult in you; I will sing praise to your name, […]

The Song of the Astronomer

Psalm  8: The Song of the Astronomer  “This psalm is an unsurpassed example of what a hymn should be, celebrating as it does the glory and grace of God, rehearsing who he is and what he has done, and relating us and our world to him; all with a masterly economy of words, and in […]

Naming God during our troubles

Psalm 7 Naming God during our troubles: a Psalm, which David writes when he is facing aggression from an enemy, called Cush. A conversation is a sublime thing.  Scriptwriters and authors labour over repeating the stuff of our lives.  Some conversations happen in the workplace – formal or functional conversations.  How shall we design the […]

I am sorry you feel that way

Psalm 6 To the choirmaster: with stringed instruments; according to the Sheminith. A Psalm of David. 1 O LORD, rebuke me not in your anger, nor discipline me in your wrath. 2 Be gracious to me, O LORD, for I am languishing; heal me, O LORD, for my bones are troubled. 3 My soul also […]

How do you sleep at night?

Psalm 4:1-8 To the choirmaster: with stringed instruments. As Psalm of David. 1 Answer me when I call, O God of my righteousness! You have given me relief when I was in distress. Be gracious to me and hear my prayer! 2 O men, how long shall my honor be turned into shame? How long […]

Sighs and shouts when the stakes are raised

Psalm 3 Sighs and Shouts when the Stakes are raised! A Psalm of praise sung from a seemingly impossible situation. “The enemies who appear so often in the psalter are always trying to undermine the psalmists trust in God, or more exactly the psalmist sees their political or personal hostility as a test of his […]