Devotions

Rooted (Psalm 108)

Rooted (Psalm 108)

Yesterday, we considered the exhortation of the psalmist to believe that the God who had been faithful to past generations would be faithful to the present generation. We considered the truth that God’s steadfast love, which has proved so powerful to previous...

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Pondering Love (Psalm 107)

Pondering Love (Psalm 107)

Psalm 107 celebrates two related themes: Yahweh’s covenant love and his salvation. The opening verses set the tempo: “Oh give thanks to the LORD, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever! Let the redeemed of the LORD say so, whom he has redeemed from...

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Biblical History (Psalm 106)

Biblical History (Psalm 106)

Some time ago, I saw former England star footballer David Beckham interviewed on a television talk show. Speaking about his children’s involvement in football, he recalled a particular match that he attended for one of his sons. The referee did not arrive and so the...

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Recalling Faithfulness (Psalm 105)

Recalling Faithfulness (Psalm 105)

It seems obvious to the consistent reader of the Psalms that Psalms 105 and 106 were designed as a couplet. Psalm 105 focuses on God’s faithfulness to his people, more or less from the time of Abraham till the settling in the Promised Land. Psalm 106, on the other...

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Enjoy Yourself (Psalm 104)

Enjoy Yourself (Psalm 104)

John wrote his letters (particularly the first two) in the context of the Gnostic heresy. Among other things, the Gnostics taught that the physical world was inherently evil and the spiritual world inherently good. In Gnostic thinking, it was not possible to glorify...

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Embracing Forgiveness (Psalm 103)

Embracing Forgiveness (Psalm 103)

Psalm 103 has been referred to as “a pure note of praise” (Leupold). Maclaren observes that “there are no clouds in the horizon, nor notes of sadness in the music, of this psalm. No purer outburst of thankfulness enriches the church.” This is significant given that...

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