Psalm 137: Unbridled Anger

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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 28: Let it Go

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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 24: The Earth is the Lord’s

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Psalm 24 opens with an emphatic statement – “The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it, the world and all who live in it…” It sets the stage for a big view of God and carries it through to the end of the Psalm. So what does it have to say to us? The ultimate point of the Psalm … Read More

Psalm 23: The Beauty of Repetition

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This reflection on Psalm 23 has next to nothing to do with the Psalm itself and everything to do with another thought it invokes for me. Psalm 23 would be one of the most well known and repeated Psalms I’ve known in my lifetime. It begins with those words many know so well “The Lord is my shepherd, I shall … 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

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