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…

Unfaithful God (Psalm 44)

Have you ever met anyone who believed that Christianity holds all the answers to life’s most perplexing questions? If we are honest, we will admit that that is not our experience. God’s people often wrestle with questions to which they find no answers. Psalm…

Counsel for the Fearful (Psalm 37)

The past year has given us a great deal of opportunity to reflect on anxiety, and particularly on a biblical approach to anxiety. We have heard sermons about it, read articles about it, and prayed about it. Perhaps you’ve had your fill of thinking…

We Have the Power (Psalm 20)

The story is told of a seasoned woodsman who was accustomed to cutting wood the traditional way with his manual handsaw. He strongly resisted advances in electrical technology to make his job easier. One day, a local hardware owner persuaded him to purchase an…

The Problem of Evil (Psalm 10)

The problem of evil is a formal category in classical philosophy. The question seeks to reconcile the reality of evil and suffering with the existence of an omnipotent, omnibenevolent, and omniscient God. The Bible claims the existence of a God who is all-powerful, all-loving,…

When God Sleeps (Psalm 7)

One of the most comforting biblical truths for Christians is that the God of the Bible neither slumbers nor sleeps (Psalm 121:3–4). We chuckle when we read Elijah mockingly suggesting to the prophets of Baal that their god might have fallen asleep and need…

With God Daily (Psalm 6)

Some time ago, I stumbled across some of prosperity gospel preacher Kenneth Copeland’s writing on the Internet in which he recalled a time when he was “in desperation … squalling out to God about something.” He wrote that God does not hear the prayers…

The cost of prayer

How much would you pay for a prayer? That is the question that was asked in a recent edition of The Atlantic magazine by Sigal Samuel. The article carried the following sub-heading: “In India, thousands are embracing apps that allow them to pay for…

Review: Praying Together

“What is the best book on ____________?” I see and hear that question asked all the time. You fill in the blank: spiritual warfare, baptism, the local church, preaching, etc. It’s a question, of course, that invites highly subjective answers. Where I might recommend…

The real war on terror

The world has been obsessed with Paris in recent days. Over the weekend, the Islamic State claimed responsibility for three co-ordinated attacks in the French capital, which killed (at the time of writing) around 130 people. Many more were injured, some critically, which means…