Perpetual Awareness (Psalm 70)

As is often the case, we do not know the circumstances that led David to write Psalm 70, but once again he was in need of urgent deliverance. He expressed his desperate plea for deliverance, arguing that he could not face his trial alone….

Strength in Waiting (Psalm 69)

You will agree, I’m sure, that we live in an age of instant gratification. We don’t like to wait for anything. Everything from deliveries to work replies must arrive in an instant. We recognise that this culture causes us to lose things like patience…

The Cosmic Conqueror (Psalm 68)

Psalm 68 is not one in which many people find their life verse. You will not find many throw cushions embroidered with, “As wax melts before fire, so the wicked shall perish before God” (v. 2). Few will decorate the walls of their living…

For You, Not to You (Psalm 66)

I am privileged to be a member of the church where accurate Bible interpretation is taken very seriously. Since we hold firmly to the authority of Scripture, we want to read and study it with a view to discerning what God has for us…

Our Ruler and Guide (Psalm 67)

If you have been following these daily devotionals through the Psalms, you might have noticed a curious feature in recent psalms. From Psalms 60–67, with a single exception (64:10), the name Yahweh has been absent. The psalmists time and again refer to Elohim (“God”)…

A People of Covenant (Psalm 65)

I recently heard a comedienne and actress talking about her third engagement. She has been twice married and divorced and is now preparing for her third—“and final,” she claimed—marriage. We live in a world in which divorce seems almost normative. We live in a…

The Magic Sin Box (Psalm 64)

When I was a kid, there was a popular magic trick performed every year at our holiday Bible club: the magic sin box. The metal box with fitted with a removable lid and housed a wooden cube. Each side of the cube was painted…

Better Than Life (Psalm 63)

For centuries, Christian martyrs have faced a basic question: Is faithfulness to God more precious than life? Martyrs have been told that their lives could be spared if they will but recant their faith. No doubt, in the pressure of the moment, many have…

Trusting Delusions (Psalm 62)

The prophet Jeremiah warned the people of Judah time and again that God was angry with them and that he was going to send Nebuchadnezzar’s Babylon against them in judgement. While the people loved hearing Jeremiah preach, they did not heed his warnings. Instead,…

Scrambling for Refuge (Psalm 61)

Sometimes, when we read the, psalms it seems as if David never had a good day. He was seemingly always under the rod of affliction and frequently prayed for divine deliverance. Sometimes, the superscriptions of the psalms afford us insight into the particulars of…