Psalm 137: Unbridled Anger

Reverend Francis RitchieBible, Psalms

Psalm 137

Psalm 137 has some of the most recognisable lines of any of the Psalms. Its opening was made popular through the rather cheery sounds of Bony M back in the day, and its closing words are often used to demonstrate the horror of the Bible. Firstly, while I kind of like the Bony M tune for Rivers of Babylon, it … Read More

Psalm 29: God in the Thunder

Reverend Francis RitchieMiscellany, Psalms

Psalm 29

Psalm 29 offers something powerful. It’s no secret that intentional and mindful silence is one of the central practices of my life. It can be too easy to associate that practice with a tame view of God – a safe view of God, and connect it to images such as those given in 1 Kings 19:12 where God is present … Read More

Psalm 28: Let it Go

Reverend Francis RitchieBible, Psalms, Spiritual Disciplines

Psalm 28

The other morning I was praying and there was a frustration I needed to get out so I took the chance to lay a dark part of myself out there. I expressed to God in no uncertain terms that there was something I wasn’t happy about and I told him how I felt about those involved and what I wished … Read More

Psalm 27: In the Land of the Living

Reverend Francis RitchiePsalms

Psalm 27

In my reflections on the Psalms I have been stalled on Psalm 27 for quite some time and have been spending a lot of time looking for that nugget that really stands out. There’s a lot of good stuff in it. The structure is interesting and I really love the expressed focus of seeking God but it’s verses 13 and … Read More

Psalm 22: Contrasting Internal Feeling and External Truth

Reverend Francis RitchiePsalms

Psalm 22 opens with the well known line echoed in the words of Jesus on the cross – “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” It then continues in the same vein through the rest of the first and second verse. Verses 3-5 offer a counter thought in that they talk about how the Psalmist’s ancestors put their … Read More

Psalm 21: Turning to Praise

Reverend Francis RitchiePsalms

Psalm 21, just like Psalm 20, was written for use by the people of Israel when they were gathered together but it makes a natural shift. Where Psalm 20 was a liturgical prayer written for the people to use together in prayer for the king, Psalm 21 offers God thanks and praise for what He has already done for the king. The … Read More

Psalm 20: Where do we Place Our Trust?

Reverend Francis RitchiePsalms

Psalm 20 reads like a benediction for the king of ancient Israel – a liturgical prayer to be used by the community. I can imagine David coming to the temple to offer sacrifices before a war and this being sung/spoken by the community, or maybe upon the coronation of a king. It calls for the king to be heard, protected, … Read More