Fear of the Lord

We all look somewhere for blessing, protection or help -people, organisations, wealth, ourselves, … This attitude helps us identify our gods. Many do whatever it takes to stay within this protection and help. This is an attitude of fear. We may not cower, but we modify our behaviour to maintain protection. O house of Aaron, … More Fear of the Lord

Living in hope

God’s promises inspire hope. Do we have faith until he fulfils? We live in two worlds- embracing current reality and simultaneously being prepared. When they were but few in number, few indeed, and strangers in it, they wandered from nation to nation, from one kingdom to another. [Psalm 105:12-13NIV] The patriarchs wandered Palestine holding to … More Living in hope

Ride victoriously!

Heaven holds a glory that is unseen by a cynical age. Take the fulfilment of Psalm 45 – You are the most excellent of men and your lips have been anointed with grace, since God has blessed you for ever. [v2] When sent to arrest him, the temple guards returned empty handed saying, “No one … More Ride victoriously!

Confident Future

With what confidence can we look at the future ahead of us? Do we look out with fear at Brexit, Trump and an uncertain world? What joy for the … people he has chosen as his inheritance. [Psalm 33:12NLT] Such joy in the face of uncertainty seems naïve. Yet it demonstrates where we hope. We … More Confident Future

Known

Through putting us in a variety of situations the Lord tests our hearts. The Lord is in his holy temple … He observes everyone on earth; his eyes examine them. (Psalm 11:4NIV) He examines us, both good and bad giving us opportunities to show a love that goes beyond us, a love born of faith. If we love … More Known

Honoured by God

I am so used to the idea that we honour God that I don’t think much about God choosing to honour his people. Yet in Psalm 148 we read, He has made his people strong, honoring his faithful ones— the people of Israel who are close to him. Praise the Lord! (Psalm 148:14NLT) I am … More Honoured by God

Being outsiders

What is our place as we live here on earth? For I am your guest— a traveller passing through, as my ancestors were before me. (Psalm 39:12bNLT) Two phrases identify our place. We are God’s guest for the earth is the Lord’s. As a guest, the owner may have said, feel free to use whatever … More Being outsiders

Life on the edge

Why is it that the godly seem to struggle in life while the wicked get it easy? This is a constant refrain of the psalms Rise up, Judge of the earth; pay back to the proud what they deserve. How long, … will the wicked be jubilant? (Psalm 94:2-3NIV) The wicked seem to successfully use … More Life on the edge

Value of sacrifice

At the great reckoning, many who trusted in ministry will be shocked to see people less gifted or fruitful honoured for their wholehearted devotion to God. Afflicted and in pain— may your salvation, God, protect me. I will praise God’s name in song and glorify him with thanksgiving. This will please the Lord more than an … More Value of sacrifice