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 22: Contrasting Internal Feeling and External Truth

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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

Deuteronomy: An Introduction

Reverend Francis RitchieUncategorized

I’ve been doing a bit of work with Deuteronomy as we look to a passage within it as part of TEAR Fund’s next campaign. In my examination of the wider book I had a look at Eugene Peterson’s introduction to it in The Message. It’s superb and should leave anyone wanting to read more. I could try and summarise Peterson … Read More

Psalm 21: Turning to Praise

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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 18: Because of God

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Psalm 18 is a repeat of the same song from David that appears in 2 Samuel 22. The preceding chapters in 2 Samuel give it context. David had just been through what was probably one of the most tumultuous times of his life and had dealt with a bunch of enemies, including some from his own family. It was a … Read More

Psalm 17: Questions About King David

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I’ve been procrastinating on writing my reflection on Psalm 17 as what sparked for me wasn’t really a reflection on the Psalm but questions about David instead. My ideal is to write on the Psalm but I can’t get away from the questions that sparked for me as I read it. So here’s the deal, I’m just going to share … Read More

Psalm 14: Treating People Like Fast Food

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Reading Psalm 14 it’s verse 4 that caught my attention and specifically The Message rendering of it. The NIV says: “Do all these evil doers know nothing? They devour my people as though eating bread; they never call on the Lord” I have to admit that I would have glossed over the verse reading it like that, but The Message … Read More