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Psalm 1:1

Psalm 1:1

Such a man is living in the world but is not enticed by the things of the world, nor is he influenced by the mind-set of the worldly men, who live in defiant rebellion against God and holds His anointed Son in such contempt. Such a man walks in spirit and truth and does not habitually wander into unwholesome places or involve himself in the worldly exploits of wicked men. Such a man seeks His counsel from the Lord, pays attention to God’s written Word – read more...

Psalm 1:2

Psalm 1:2

The Word of God comes to us as His full and final revelation to man and it outlines God's divine plans and purposes, towards mankind. Those who know the Lord and delight themselves in Him and His Word of truth, will receive the dear desire of their heart.

The ultimate reality of God's plan for us, is that Christ Jesus is to be all - and He is to be all in all.. And we discover that the believer who reads, marks, learns, inwardly read more...

Psalm 1:6

Psalm 1:6

The Lord Jesus fully understands the difficulties and dangers of living on this earth, for although He is truly God He is also fully Man and has walked His own earthly pathway. In His earthly walk we see Him weary and worn. We read of Him becoming tired, lonely and misunderstood. We see Him tempted and tried just as we are.. yet without sin. We see the Lord Jesus betrayed, suffering, condemned and denied, and we are comforted to know that our read more...

Psalm 2:1

Psalm 2:1

There are many times in history when the people of God could have asked this very question: why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing? It is certainly a question that many of us have asked over the years as we see an increasing hatred of God, a growing contempt for Jesus Christ.. His anointed Son, a multiplication of sin and evil and an ever greater distain towards those that believe in the death, burial and resurrection of read more...

Psalm 2:7

Psalm 2:7

The Lord Jesus Christ is portrayed as the unique Son of God, Who was chosen before the foundation of the world, to be the sinner's Saviour. He offered His life as the sacrifice for sin, and died to pay the price for the sin of the whole world. And by His resurrection from the dead, the only begotten Son of God received His Father's stamp of approval, and was given complete authority, in heaven and on earth.

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Psalm 2:8

Psalm 2:8

This whole of Psalm 2 looks forward to the day when the Lord Jesus will be crowned as King of the whole earth and will set up His millennial reign over the nations. On that day He will rule the nations with a rod of iron, as God has promised, for Christ is the Lord's Anointed. He is the triumphant Messiah of Israel. He is the eternal Son of most hight God and He is the perfect Son of Man.

Satan became the god of this world when he read more...

Psalm 3:6

Psalm 3:6

King David was surrounded by many evils and a multitude of enemies. Times were becoming increasingly difficult and troubles were multiplying on every side. When David looked at the mountainous problems and tumultuous terrors that encircled him, his heart started to fail, for fear of what was coming on the earth.. but after reflection, David wisely turned away from looking at life's problems, and those that sought His destruction.. by fixing his eyes on the read more...

Psalm 3:8

Psalm 3:8

How frequently we take our eyes off the Lord and focus on our own mounting problems and the multitude of enemies that seem to accumulate outside our door. How often our trust in the Lord falters and we allow our hearts to fail within us, for fear of what is happening in our lives and the lives of those we love.. instead of looking to the Lord for our strength and relying upon Him to provide all that we need,  according to His riches in glory, for His blessing is read more...

Psalm 4:6

Psalm 4:6

We live in a fallen world that was a result of man's sin. The earth was cursed, man died spiritually and for a brief season Satan has taken the reins of power and become the prince of the power of the air.. and the god of this age.

This fallen angel rules a fallen world through the medium of fallen man in an attempt to thwart the perfect plans and purposes of our perfect God, which is that the perfect Man, Christ Jesus should rule read more...

Psalm 4:8

Psalm 4:8

It is no surprise that David was called a man after God's own heart, for he recognized that God alone was His righteousness, and that God alone could be depended upon to relieve his distress, provide for his need, defeat his enemies and enlarge his blessings.

David is grieved at the profane acts and futile vanity of the sons of men, who dishonor God and blaspheme His holy name, but he also rejoices that the Lord has set apart for read more...

Psalm 5:3

Psalm 5:3

David is a wonderful example of a man of prayer, who trusted the Word of God. His prayer life was regular, systematic, orderly and faithful - and he prayed with expectation that God would answer his prayers. Morning by morning he directed his thoughts to the Lord, and lifted up his voice in prayer and praise.. to the God of his salvation. Day by day he discovered that God's mercies were fresh and new every morning, for he knew that the Word of the Lord endures for read more...

Psalm 5:8

Psalm 5:8

King David was not exempt from the trials and tribulations that come from living in a fallen world. He had to deal with painful problems from his own rebellions children. He had to deal with passions of the flesh; lustings of the eye and the snare that human pride brings in its wake. He had a family that scoffed at him; friends who betrayed him; a wife who scorned him; enemies who hated him and some who even wished him dead - but David also trusted in the Lord his read more...

Psalm 6:9

Psalm 6:9

David was seriously ill in body, deeply distressed in mind and spiritually sapped.. by the mounting pressures and numerous enemies that surrounded him on every side, which caused him to pen his distressing lament: “have mercy on me O Lord and heal my bones.. my soul is greatly troubled.' But David had not yet come to a full understanding that God is an ever present help in time of trouble, that the mercies God are new every morning, and that He is faithful to read more...

Psalm 7:9

Psalm 7:9

David was a man who trusted in the Lord, but he was surrounded by wicked enemies and malicious men, who sought his life. He was pursued by those who made false accusations against him, but David had faith that God would establish him, vindicate him.. and judge ungodly people according to His righteousness. David believed that the Lord his God, Who examines the inner thoughts of the heart, and the deep emotions of men would not forget His people - but would read more...

Psalm 8:3

Psalm 8:3

Whether you stand gazing at the deep midnight-blue sky where a multitude of shimmering diamond-studded stars are twinkling overhead or whether you pick up an authoritative journal that outlines the staggering dimensions and design of the Milky Way, the innumerable numbers of other gigantic galaxies or countless number of stars that are visible to the human eye, you can do little more than wonder about our astonishing Creator, Who at a moment in time and a place in read more...

Psalm 8:4

Psalm 8:4

As he contemplated the vast expanse of God's glorious creative handiwork, where by the might of His power and the wisdom God spoke time, space and matter into being.. (from nothing), the Psalmist utters words that confound all God's children. What is man, that thou art mindful of him? Who am I, David asks, that God should care for me and who are you that God should take note of you? What is man, that God should visit him? and bestow read more...

Psalm 9:7

Psalm 9:7

It has been suggested that this song of victory and thanksgiving from David is to commemorate the defeat of Goliath, the great giant of Gath. But whatever the cause for celebration this psalm explodes into excited ecstasy and jubilant joy in which David looks forward to God's final triumph, over all the enemies and antagonists of the people of God - that time when Christ sets up His future kingdom and all enemies are placed under His feet.

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Psalm 9:10

Psalm 9:10

How precious that we can say, I know the 'unknowable' name of YHWH:- His name is JESUS. He is truly a gracious God, full of loving-kindness and goodness. He is a faithful, forgiving and merciful God, Who is long-suffering towards those who believe in the wonderful name of the only begotten Son of God.

He is Salvation to the sinner; Refuge to the saint; Comfort to the afflicted; Strength to the weak; Health to the read more...

Psalm 10:1

Psalm 10:1

The pitiful cries that are recorded in this Psalm could be the words of many believers today. Times of deep trouble and severe persecution are touching every member of the body of Christ in one way or another and many are crying out: Lord, why do you stand far off? Why do you hide yourself in times of trouble? What the Psalmist recorded 3000 years ago, mirrors the happenings of today, as many continue to ask, “why does the Lord seem to remain silent read more...

Psalm 11:3

Psalm 11:3

We live in a day and age when the foundations of our biblical faith and the fabric of godly living are being systematically attacked by every quarter of society and dismantled in all areas of life. The unalterable truth of Scripture is discarded by liberal 'Christians' and evolving atheists alike.

Governments in general and society at large are systematically smashing down all the foundations of truth and the time-honoured read more...

Psalm 11:4

Psalm 11:4

The spirit and substance of the Psalms are as relevant today as when they were first penned three thousand years ago.

Throughout their writings we discover that despite a temptation to flee from the trials, tribulations and terrors of this broken world system.. and in spite of the many difficulties and dangers that are a part of our everyday lives - our confidence is in the Lord, for He cares for the afflicted and He refines the read more...

Psalm 12:1

Psalm 12:1

The Word of God stands fast or falls flat, on the character of God. If God is true and righteous, just and good, eternal and unchanging then the words of His mouth and the proclamations of His heart are equally secure and eternally immovably.

It is with this strong trust in the veracity and righteousness of the Lord that so many of David's cries for help are anchored. It is because he has faith in God.. and trusts in the read more...

Psalm 12:6

Psalm 12:6

The foundation and fabric of society was crumbling in David's day, as is happening in today. Twisted truth and double-speak is still the order of our day and age.. and the man of integrity is increasingly labelled as mean-minded, bigoted and resistant to progress. And like David we cry to the Lord to save us from the deceptive words and slanderous suggestions of the wicked.. and to intervene once again in the affairs of a race that is overflowing with evil, read more...

Psalm 13:2

Psalm 13:2

This lament of David is a cry of the heart from someone who feels that he is alone and forsaken.. isolated, forgotten and cut off from the favour of the Lord. David's soul is crying out in bitter anguish of mind and inner confusion of the soul because the Lord seems to have forgotten all about him and has apparently hidden His face from His servant.

David could not understand why the Lord was delaying the help he desperately read more...

Psalm 13:5

Psalm 13:5

How precious is the Word of God and like so many of the Psalms that were penned by David, this is a song which begins with him bitterly lamenting over his mounting distresses and weeping over life's cruel circumstances. However it ends with him glorifying God and offering thanksgiving and praise for His goodness and grace. David was able to eventually cry in all his distresses and pain: I have trusted in Your lovingkindness; My heart shall rejoice in Your read more...

Psalm 14:2

Psalm 14:2

When Adam sinned, a curse came upon God's perfect creation. Adam, who was made in the image and likeness of God, disobeyed the Lord and from that point forward, he and his progeny, were endowed with a fallen, sin nature - because Adam disobeyed the Lord.

He was endowed with knowledge of good - without the ability to do good, and he was given a knowledge of evil without the capacity to resist what is wrong and to do those things read more...

Psalm 14:3

Psalm 14:3

The foolish chorus of prideful, unregenerate man declares that there is no God, and denies the irrefutable testimony of the created universe and the inner witness of their own God-given consciences.

The foolish denial of God's existence by unregenerate man, generally indicates someone who rejects his own accountability to God; refuses to acknowledge the sovereignty of God; rejoices in his own prideful rebellion against God and read more...

Psalm 15:1

Psalm 15:1

In this Psalm we find David contemplating the character of the man or woman who is fit to enter into the house of God and abide there. He explores the attributes of the one who is qualified to dwell in the holy residence of the Lord, forever.

David was a man after God's own heart.. because he trusted the Lord. And David came to an understanding that the behaviour of a man or woman of God, should be reflected in that person's read more...

Psalm 15:2

Psalm 15:2

In the previous Psalm, David identified the man who denies the existence of God, and who refuses His offer of salvation by grace through faith in His Word of truth.. as the natural man - the unbelieving fool, who has said in his heart: 'there is no God'.

In this precious Psalm however he lists the qualities of the spiritual man, whose faith is credited to him as righteousness. David addresses the rhetorical question to God Himself read more...

Psalm 16:8

Psalm 16:8

David was a man after God's own heart and many of the psalms he penned foretold of Jesus.. the coming Messiah, Who would rise from the dead, ascend into heaven and sit at the right hand of the majesty on high, until God finally placed all His enemies under His feet.

This hymn of David describes the Lord delighting in His saints and details God's children joyously celebrating their fellowship with the Father. It portrays read more...

Psalm 16:10

Psalm 16:10

Psalms 2 introduces us to the Messiah of God and Psalm 40 tells of His incarnation. Psalm 22 details His agony on the cross but Psalm 16 rejoices in His resurrection - by which He conquered death. And it is through faith in Him, that we who believe, have a living hope.

Paul reminded us that if we only have hope in this world then we are to be greatly pitied, but we who trust in Jesus as our sin-bearing Saviour can read more...

Psalm 16:11

Psalm 16:11

What comfort and strength have poured forth from the book of Psalms into the hearts of so many believers down through the centuries, and the love and devotion that spills out from these beautiful verses, warms the heart of all weary wanderers, as David joyfully pens his compelling confidence in His Lord, and utter trust in the God of his salvation. Such praise is founded on the sure knowledge that the Lord is not only our protection through all the changing scenes read more...

Psalm 17:1

Psalm 17:1

The Lord hears and responds to every spoken and unspoken prayer, every whispered cry, every word of grateful thanks, every prayer petition that is pleaded in the inner sanctuary of the heart – He hears every intercessor who pleads the blood of Christ in his prayer closet and every little prayer arrow that is quickly shot into the throne-room of grace

God responds to the heart-cry when those sudden emergencies engulf our peace read more...

Psalm 17:15

Psalm 17:15

How blessed are we who have been saved by grace through faith in Christ and how often we find encouragement, comfort, peace and hope in the Psalms of David, whose words so often reflect the joy we also have in the Lord and bring to our remembrance the many precious promises that are ours in Christ.

Psalm 17 was written when David was read more...

Psalm 18:2

Psalm 18:2

Were this the only verse describing and displaying God’s dependable and faithful character it would provide us with a great wealth of evidence. As my Rock, He is the firm foundation upon which my faith is built and He is the top-most cornerstone that completes all that I am in Christ.

As the Rock He is the One that has been raised up, far above all others, and from Whom flow fresh rivers of living water with which read more...

Psalm 19:1

Psalm 19:1

The magnificence of the immense universe declares the wonderful handiwork of our Creator God. It tells of the amazing work of His creative hand. It speaks to every person who has ever lived on this terrestrial globe.. of a caring God, Who created the heavens; formed the earth and fashioned all that was made in those six astonishing days of creation.

Not one person could be indifferent to the heavenly glories of the day-time sky read more...

Psalm 19:14

Psalm 19:14

So many of the psalms of David rejoice our heart as he pours fourth a harmony of poetic praise for God’s merciful forgiveness and favour; the wonders of His mighty works and ways; the glories of His creative wisdom and His gracious acts towards the rebellious children of Israel.

So many of the sacred words that have been penned by Israel’s shepherd king are prayers that have been rehearsed on the lips of many saints, over read more...

Psalm 20:4

Psalm 20:4

This beautiful prayer is as much for the pauper as for the prince, for the preacher as for his pupil - for the aged saint as for the new-born babe in Christ. It was David that first lifted up these words of entreaty to the Father, as he sought to worship the Lord in spirit and truth and to offer his life as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to Him, for David knew and trusted the Lord His God - David was a man after God's own heart.

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Psalm 21:1

Psalm 21:1

Psalms are often considered to be a collection of religious writings which give comfort in times of loss; help in times of need or encouragement in times of difficulty. They are often read as a morning devotion or used to motivate a believer's prayer life.

Whole sections can be read to lift one's spirit, while individual verses may prompt us into read more...

Psalm 22:1

Psalm 22:1

All Scripture is inspired by God but some passages cause us to take off our shoes from off our feet for the content they communicate is most holy and precious. It was David that was caused to pen these prophetic words, which were uttered by our Saviour on the cross, when He bore the sin of the world in His body on the Tree.

No matter what caused David to pen this Psalm, we remember the solemn event, which it foreshadowed. For read more...

Psalm 22:3

Psalm 22:3

In bygone days, the first line of a Psalm was the title of that whole song. The name of this poignantly, prophetic Psalm that the Lord Jesus Christ cried out on the cross was: My God, My God, why hast Thou forsaken me?

Matthew's exposition of that unique day was that at three in the afternoon Jesus cried out in a loud voice the very Psalm that was penned by David, “My God, My God, why hast Thou forsaken me?,” read more...

Psalm 23:1

Psalm 23:1

It was by divine design that this Psalm so beautifully describes the Lord God as our great and caring Shepherd, for although it is often used as great comfort at a time of death or bereavement - it is equally a Psalm that points to the Lord Jesus Christ as our sustenance and support in every season of our lives. For the Lord is our Provider and Peace; the Lord is our Strength and Stay: the Lord is our Righteousness and our Reward - the Lord is our Sanctuary and our read more...

Psalm 23:2

Psalm 23:2

Our good and faithful Shepherd gently leads and guides the sheep of His pasture in the best way that each of us should go. He knows each of our names and He knows all of our needs and necessities - and He is also aware of the dangers and difficulties that stalk each of our paths.

No matter how fraught and restless our lives may become He is the One that will lead us to the sill water-pools of refreshment for He Himself is the read more...

Psalm 23:2

Psalm 23:2

Jesus is the great shepherd of the sheep and Jesus is the good Shepherd Who gives His life for the sheep. He is the only Shepherd Who remains faithful unto our lives end - and Jesus is my Shepherd and He is your Shepherd too. And this has been a truth that has comforted and encouraged millions of people - both Jews and gentiles alike, down through the ages of time.

The Lord Jesus is the one that is shepherding each one of His read more...

Psalm 23:3

Psalm 23:3

These beautiful words are from the Psalm that has comforted countless millions of weary souls since the time of Israel's shepherd king -David. These wonderful words have not lost any of their deep impact in these difficult days we all face, but their significance has been magnified and multiplied as we reflect upon these great words of comfort in the face of Jesus, Who has become our own good Shepherd of the sheep and Who has lead us into the way of everlasting read more...

Psalm 23:4

Psalm 23:4

David was getting old when he penned these words, which have meant so much to so many, and in this middle section of this Psalm he changes from talking about his Shepherd, Who leads and guides him, feeds and waters him, protects and revives him.. to addressing the Shepherd Himself: for You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.

David knew of the functional task of the shepherd's rod, which could stun or read more...

Psalm 23:5

Psalm 23:5

In this psalm, we see a beautiful portrait of God, as our good and faithful shepherd, Who leads us by still waters and guides us into the way of peace. He is indeed, worthy of our worship and praise. He is the One Who upholds and protects; Who blesses and comforts, Who bountifully provides good things for us, in the presence of our enemies. And He is the One Who intercedes for us in heavenly places.

The picture that is painted, read more...

Psalm 25:4

Psalm 25:4

God is our Savior, and our hope is in Him throughout the day and night. How important therefore to learn the ways of the Lord. How vital to discover which paths He would have us to follow. And the Word of God is a light to our path and a lamp to illumine the way that God would have us tread. The Word of God is an instruction manual to teach us His ways, as well as a love-letter to all His children.

We are to separate ourselves read more...

Psalm 25:10

Psalm 25:10

God has strewn our path with encouraging promises, which are scattered throughout His word, that He will lead us in the paths of righteousness and make the way we take straight and secure. But can we trust His promises? Can we be certain that His word is true? Indeed, we can! The promises of God are founded on nothing less than the perfection of God's holy nature, they are rooted in the eternal faithfulness of His everlasting word.  And His word is securely read more...

Psalm 25:12

Psalm 25:12

The man that fears the Lord is one that has come to some understanding of the immensity of God’s grace and what His holiness, justice, peace and love really means, in relation to sinful humanity and the fallen creation.

The man that truly fears the Lord is the one who has some realisation of the high cost of salvation, the depths of grace and the profound love to which God stooped, in order to bring fallen humanity back into a right relationship read more...

Psalm 26:2

Psalm 26:2

Throughout much of His life, David was set about by many dangers and difficulties, he was harassed by enemies at home and abroad. He was hunted by opponents, accused by his fellows and hated by the king of Israel – whose crown he would one day wear.

Although David made many foolish mistakes during his lifetime, his desire was toward the read more...

Psalm 27:1

Psalm 27:1

The Lord Jesus is light and life, safety and strength, purity and peace. In Him is security and salvation, for by Him sin and death has been conquered and through Him we have access the Father for He is the one way, the only truth and the revealed Word of God.

In Him we live and move have our being and through Him we are more than conquerors because He loves us, and He has send His Holy Spirit to take up permanent residence read more...

Psalm 27:11

Psalm 27:11

The Lord delights in the man or woman that has a teachable spirit – the one that admits to their lack and yearns for the truth of God’s word. Godly wisdom flows to the man that is humble in heart, meek in spirit and gentle in demeanour, for true wisdom from above is born of a childlike attitude and received by the one that submits to the Lord’s will - desirous to learn His works and ways.

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Psalm 27:13

Psalm 27:13

These words were penned by the man that slew the great giant Goliath and who was honoured as one that slew his tens of thousands, yet he admits that without trust in his God, his heart would faint, and he would despair. Faith in the Lord was to David like a fragrant perfume that revived his weary soul or like a sweet honeycomb that re-energies the exhausted traveller. Hope in His God was to David a soothing ointment that eased his flagging spirit and a refreshing, read more...

Psalm 27:14

Psalm 27:14

Patient endurance as we wait for the Lord to work in the difficult circumstances of life, encourages our faith in God to be strengthened. Conversely.. faith is often tested in those long and painful seasons of life when patient endurance is called upon - as we trustingly wait for the Lord to act.. and as we submissively wait on the Lord's promises to be fulfilled, in prayer and praise and thanksgiving.

We need to confidently wait read more...

Psalm 29:3

Psalm 29:3

In this short psalm of reverent worship, mighty men of the earth are duty-bound to give honour and praise to the great God of the universe, for to Him alone is ascribed glory, for He is the One that sets men up in their place, to carry out His eternal plans, and He is the One that removes men from their thrones, for He is the Almighty God of Glory. His sovereignty is over all the earth and He is the One that 'rules over the kingdom of men' - for no-one could draw read more...

Psalm 29:11

Psalm 29:11

The Lord is all-powerful, and He is eternally omnipotent. He has no rival in the heaven above, in the earth beneath or in the waters below. His strength brings protection, help, mercy and joy – and the Lord will strengthen the weary and give grace to those who are humble of heart.

It is the same powerful Lord that controls the flashing lightening and the raging waters. It is the same merciful God Who gently whispers peace be still into our stormy read more...

Psalm 30:5

Psalm 30:5

As we travel through life we experience many occasions of difficulty and pain, often a product of our sinful actions, careless attitude or foolish indifference towards God or others. But the chastening rod of our Father in heaven is short-lived.. and the momentary affliction we receive from His Fatherly hand is for our beneficial training, and is beyond all comparison with the eternal weight of glory that awaits us, in Christ.

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Psalm 31:1

Psalm 31:1

This psalm is the entreaty of a believer in times of deep distress and severe sorrow but as in all of David’s complaints and distresses, he inevitably restates his abiding confidence in the faithfulness of God, for David knew that there was nowhere else to fly to and there was no-one else in which to place his trust.

Although this entire psalm restates his overflowing grief and grievances, nevertheless his prayer begins, ends read more...

Psalm 31:3

Psalm 31:3

While fleeing from the wrath of the increasingly evil King Saul, David went to the assistance of some of his fellow-men who were facing great difficulties from the Philistines – but in all the difficulties that David faced he called on the name of the Lord, for David knew that there is no security and safety outside of Him. And David put His trust in the Lord and David prayed for God’s continuing protection and support in all the difficulties and dangers that read more...

Psalm 31:14

Psalm 31:14

This beautiful Psalm of David is a most graphic descriptor of the Lord Jesus Christ, Who like David was also a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief - and Who like His forefather was also a Man who trusted in the Lord His God, and rested His soul His heavenly Father.

David repeatedly recites the goodness of the Lord towards himself and rejoices in the loving-kindness of the God of His Salvation. He records the many times that read more...

Psalm 31:19

Psalm 31:19

More and more the greatness; goodness and reliability of God is contrasted with the insignificance, inconsistency and limitations of man. Increasingly the bounteousness, generosity and grace of a perfect God is identified as distinctly different from the selfish disinterest that is the hallmark of the children of mankind.

God’s grace and provision touches all the children of men for all good gifts and every perfect grace come read more...

Psalm 33:1

Psalm 33:1

Many of the Psalms cry to God for help and strength in the midst of difficulties but so many of these Psalms also proclaim a trust in God by recalling God’s righteousness and justice, by remembering the mercy and strength He displayed in former times and by rejoicing in the truth of God’s Word and the glories of His great majesty.

So often we see that in times of trials and difficulties the Psalmists lifted up their voices in read more...

Psalm 33:4

Psalm 33:4

All those that have been born from above and have been clothed in the righteousness of Christ our Saviour are called by our great Creator God, to worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness - to sing joyful praises to Him with our lips and in our hearts.

We are exhorted to shout for joy, to rejoice in the Lord always and to make melodies to Him, both on a myriad of instruments and from the depth of our inner being. We are called to read more...

Psalm 33:12

Psalm 33:12

These meaningful words, probably written by King David, were naturally directed towards the chosen people of Israel, for they were surrounded by a sea of pagan nations who worshipped false gods and empty idols. How blessed they were to have the Lord as their God. How blessed they were to have a covenant-keeping God Who is the Creator of the universe, for Israel were His chosen people They were a holy nation; God’s adopted son and His special inheritance.
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Psalm 34:1

Psalm 34:1

We have been saved, by grace through faith.. not of works. Our salvation is a free gift of God to all who believe. We have been declared righteous by the Lord and showered with every spiritual blessing, simply because we have trusted in the shed blood of Christ, for the remission of sins and life everlasting. Is it any wonder that David was so willing to cry out with his whole heart: I will bless the Lord at ALL times. His praise shall be read more...

Psalm 34:2

Psalm 34:2

As fallen sinners, who are part of the sinful race of humanity, we have nothing to boast about. We were born dead in our sins and are estranged from the God Who created us. We fall so far short of the glory of God, that prideful boasting and a self-inflated ego should never become part of the imagination of our hearts.

But there is one area in which each one of us can glory - and that is in the redeeming blood of Christ our read more...

Psalm 34:3

Psalm 34:3

Worship and praise should be on our lips from morning to night, for the Lord our God is with us in every season and situation of life. Reverential praise and grateful thanks should be the watchword of every Christian.. both individually and corporately. No wonder the Psalmist excites those around him to come, and magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt His wonderful name together.

There is no partiality with God and read more...

Psalm 34:4

Psalm 34:4

It is the Holy Spirit of God that imparts life into the dead spirit of man, and it is that same Spirit of life that broods over the child of God, and breathes hope into the heart and life into the spirit of those that trust His name.

David was a man who experienced this closeness to the Lord. He was a man who blessed the Lord at all times, and songs of praise were continually on his lips.

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Psalm 34:7

Psalm 34:7

The eyes of the Lord are forever on those that hope in His unfailing love and God dispatches ministering angels as a protection for His children, who trust in His name, and as a defence against the invisible forces of evil and malevolent spirits that seek to do them harm. Employed in continual worship and joyful service of Lord almighty, these holy angels are often engaged as ministers to those that bear the image and likeness of the Lord as well as being read more...

Psalm 34:8

Psalm 34:8

Over and again in the Bible we discover wonderful ways that the Lord delivers His servants from their afflictions and saves them from the hands of their enemies, which was the reason that David penned this verse of great joy and rejoicing: O taste and see that the Lord is good, was his joyful song, how blessed is the man who takes refuge in Him.

Through David had been anointed king of Israel, he was on the run read more...

Psalm 34:11

Psalm 34:11

This Psalm is a beautiful testimony of salvation - by grace through faith in the Lord. It begins with an explosion of praise and thanksgiving, where David proclaims God's goodness and grace.. and calls on each one of us to extol His holy name, and trust in His everlasting mercy.

David was a man after God's own heart, who desired to pass on the truth of the glorious goodness of God, to the next generation.. and he calls on us to read more...

Psalm 34:18

Psalm 34:18

Our God and heavenly Father deserves our ongoing and eternal love and praise, because He has shown Himself to be a God Who cares for His people, and Who delivers them out of all their difficulties. He hears those that call on His name. He delivers His people from all their fears and He comforts those that are encompassed with sadness and disappointments.

God is no respecter of persons, for He hears the cries of the poor man and read more...

Psalm 36:5

Psalm 36:5

The sad bitterness, revengeful thoughts and angry unforgiveness of wounded pride that so often flood the minds of sinful man, stands in stark contrast with the overflowing loving-kindness, compassionate-mercy and unmerited gracious-pardon that streamed from the veins of the Lord, when Christ stretched out His arms of love to whosoever will.

What comfort, rest and reassurance washes the hearts and minds of believers when read more...

Psalm 37:3

Psalm 37:3

Have you noticed how often the Word of God calls us to trust in the Lord, to believe what He says in Scripture – to have faith in Him and in all that He says? He knows that trusting in the Lord is the only secure place we have in a world that lies in the evil one.

He knows that if we acknowledge Him in all our ways and trust Him in all the ups and downs of life, He will direct our goings out and our comings in and He will govern our lives in a way that is best for us, and those read more...

Psalm 37:4

Psalm 37:4

Earlier in the Psalm we are told not to fret about evil-doers, nor to be envious of those that work iniquity, for when our mind is correctly focused on the Lord, then our hearts are not weighed down with the troublesome behaviour of the wicked, nor overwhelmed with the continuous influx of evil in the world.

Rather, we are instructed to keep the eyes of our heart upon Jesus, Who has promised to carry all our burdens, and to comfort us in all our read more...

Psalm 37:5

Psalm 37:5

Many scripture passages tell us that without faith in the Son of God it is impossible for the unbeliever to be saved and we are told in Hebrews that without faith it is impossible for the believer to please God – but we are not only to believe that God is, but also that He is a rewarder of those that diligently seek Him. Faith in God simply believes His word – faith simply trusts what God has told us.

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Psalm 37:7

Psalm 37:7

These words of David have been of great comfort to many who have been overwhelmed by the fights and fancies of evildoers, who in comparison with the godly man, seem to prosper in the ways of the world and who can excite envy from those that are seeking to walk in spirit and truth. But we are reminded not to fret or to become perturbed by the actions and attitudes of the wicked, who seem to prosper in their wicked ways – for they shall receive their just desserts. Indeed, their apparent read more...

Psalm 37:23

Psalm 37:23

God gives His people both provision and protection - and though to the casual eye this may not always seem to reflect the bitter circumstances of life through which many Christians have to pass today, God's provision and protection is established in the eternal realms.

However, it is also true to say that although this heavenly provision and protection is eternally secure for all God's people, many stand witness to His miraculous read more...

Psalm 37:24

Psalm 37:24

Though we have been eternally saved by grace through faith in Christ, and though we have been eternally freed from slavery to sin and severed from the old sin nature, attacks from without and failures from within can cause every one of us to stumble and fall.

Afflictions, faults, failings and grievous sins can cause us to stumble and sin, and king David is one such example. But the believer, who like David is a man after God's own read more...

Psalm 40:1

Psalm 40:1

This beautiful Psalm of David is a joyful proclamation to Israel, of what the Lord has provided for him personally.. of that which God has done for the nation of Israel, historically, and for all that God means to us collectively.

It is a wonderful example of the way that God carries out His plans and purposes in each of our lives. He does this in His own way.. and in His preferred time. He does this in order to develop our faith read more...

Psalm 40:8

Psalm 40:8

When David penned these words, they were in every respect a song of thankful worship to the Father that pointed to the coming Messiah, Who would be sent from heaven to become our sacrifice for sin. It spoke of the eternal Son of God Who humbled Himself to become a servant - Who did only those things that He heard from the Father. His life was a testimony that delighted to do the will of the Father, for God's Law was treasured in His heart.

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Psalm 42:1

Psalm 42:1

A depth of urgency and deep pathos is captured in these verses as the metaphor of a weary hind, parched from the blistering heat of the day; exhausted from the pounding pursuit of howling hounds, who hungry for her blood, as she pants for a water-hole, is compared with the gaping need in the heart of a believer, yearning for his God. It is the soul that is panting after God. It is when the very core of our being; the entire person; the innermost self longs after read more...

Psalm 42:2

Psalm 42:2

The intense heart-yearnings of the Psalmist for the Lord and his deep pleading enquiry to know the whereabouts of his God, resounds like the repetitive tolling of a bell through the intensely personal pleadings of Korah, in his Psalm - before he finally reached victory in his heart and a deep satisfaction within his soul.

The soul that thirsts for the Lord and pants for God and keep on and on thirsting and panting for Him is the read more...

Psalm 45:2

Psalm 45:2

All scripture is inspired of the Holy Spirit and Psalm 45 was composed in praise of the splendour and majesty of the king and in joyful celebration of his forthcoming wedding. His goodness and grace is commemorated. His strength and power is proclaimed. His humility and truth is applauded and His wealth and majesty is equally acknowledged.

But this is more than the exaltation of an earthly king for we also read that Your throne O read more...

Psalm 46:1

Psalm 46:1

Our God is a strong shelter and a rock of refuge in Whom we can hide during the storms and difficulties of life. He is our tower of strength, our firm fortress and our secure stronghold to Whom we can run for protection and safety in an increasingly Christ-rejecting, God-denying anti-Semitic and anti-Christian world.

But no matter how the nations rage and war against the Lord and His children we have His unfailing assurance that read more...

Psalm 46:10

Psalm 46:10

What a blessed comfort this verse has been to multitudes of believers in Christ, down through the ages, who have rested on these words of the Psalmist and had their hearts stilled in the presence of the Lord. What refreshment these simple words have bestowed on many little lambs, who have listened to the voice of their Good Shepherd – that Great Shepherd of the sheep, Who opens His arms to widely embrace all who will trust in His name.

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Psalm 48:14

Psalm 48:14

God our Father is great and is greatly to be praised in every area of our lives. He is deeply concerned about His people and cares for each one of His children. He is interested in the daily round of our lives.. our homes, our work and the communities in which we live. He will never leave us nor forsake us and He is an ever present help when our enemies seek to overwhelm us. This is our God for ever and ever and He will be our guide unto death.

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Psalm 50:23

Psalm 50:23

Our faith in God pleases Him while our thanksgiving glorifies Him and the one that glorifies the Father is the true worshipper who worships Him in spirit and truth. Genuine thanksgiving to the Lord is a freewill offering; a sacrifice of praise; a living sacrifice – a gift of love, which is a sweet-smelling savour to the Lord our God.

Such an offering is not merely to be an external display of reverent homage, or a gesture of read more...

Psalm 51:10

Psalm 51:10

The corrupted gene-pool from our first sinning parents has been passed down the generations of humankind for six-thousand long years, resulting in defilement, disease and death. Trying to mend the old creation in Adam is man's futile pursuit, but God will have no dealings with the sordid deeds of sinful man, nor the scarlet sin-nature that permeates every cell of our fallen souls.

The essence of pure humanity was breathed into read more...

Psalm 51:11

Psalm 51:11

The psalms, prayers and praises of David have been a source of comfort and encouragement to multitudes down the corridors of history, and this Psalm, where David cries out to God for forgiveness of his sins, has demonstrated the importance and wisdom of confessing our sins – particularly our post-salvation sins - for in so doing we are immediately returned into a right relationship with the Father. For IF we confess our sins He is faithful and just to read more...

Psalm 51:17

Psalm 51:17

Blessed are the poor in spirit for it is only the heart that is broken before the Lord and truly humbled under a deep conviction of their own unworthiness before a holy and righteous God, that a man or woman of faith can offer to the Lord the sacrifice of a broken heart - a living sacrifice that is worthy of His acceptance.

It is only the soul who through the Spirit's convicting work, (a soul bereft of its own read more...

Psalm 53:1

Psalm 53:1

Both the old and new testaments give clear evidence of God's blistering indictment against the willing ignorance of unbelieving atheists.. and this verse is a consummate summary of God's opinion of unregenerate man, who in his foolish pride and blatant arrogance denies the existence of God. He is an unprincipled fool - whose words are full of deceit and whose actions are filled with corruption.

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Psalm 55:22

Psalm 55:22

The psalms of David, which were penned thousands of years ago have as much relevance in todays, anti-God, Christ-rejecting sinful world, as they did in the time of David's trouble.

David had been betrayed by one of his best friends and his soul was in deep distress. He was restless and complaining, oppressed by wicked men and distracted by a multitude of threats from his evil enemies. He was overwhelmed by trouble, broken-hearted read more...

Psalm 56:8

Psalm 56:8

The scripture is filled with lovely examples of the tender compassion that God extends to the people of Israel and to those that are part of the Body of Christ. But He also displays His gentleness and sensitivity towards insignificant individuals as well – people like Hannah and the widow of Nain; people like Jairus, the leader of the synagogue; the apostle Peter who denied His Lord three times and sweet Mary of Bethany who was wrongly accused of gross read more...

Psalm 59:16

Psalm 59:16

Like so many of the psalms that mean so much to God’s children this is one that outlines the many problems, mountainous difficulties, troublous times and numerous enemies that were surrounding David on every side. David opened up his heart to the Lord, and his urgent prayer for help and deliverance poured forth unabated. Opposition from without and fears from within were the keynote of this psalm, just as the external anxieties and internal struggles we read more...

Psalm 61:5

Psalm 61:5

What a beautiful relationship king David had with the Lord. In times of danger and difficulty he quickly fled for refuge into the safe-keeping of His Shield and Defender. In times of disappointment and distress He raced into the safety of his Fortress and hid under the shadow of God’s protective wings. In times of weakness and weariness he ran for comfort into the loving arms of his faithful Shepherd and in times of spiritual thirst He cried: lead me to read more...

Psalm 62:1

Psalm 62:1

David, the man after God's own heart was beset by difficulties and dangers and encompassed about by many enemies and those that would seek his life to destroy him, but David's confidence was in the Lord, Who was his Rock and his Salvation, his Defender and his mighty Fortress.

Like so many of David's psalms, the clarion call of this canticle is that God alone is the source and sphere of David's need.. and God alone has the right read more...

Psalm 62:5

Psalm 62:5

How we love to fret and worry about this and that – indeed I have heard it said, how worrying it would be if we did not have anything to worry about! And yet how much this violates the wisdom of Scripture for we are admonished not to fret nor to fear - nor to carry our own burdens but to cast all our worries upon the Lord - to be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication to talk to the Lord, in our own words, and in the quietness of read more...

Psalm 63:1

Psalm 63:1

Life often takes us through the weary place and the parched wilderness on this journey through life, where only God can provide the comfort and sustenance we desperately need, for He alone is our present help in time of trouble - Whose compassion and mercy towards us is new ever morning.  How precious that as His children we can legitimately cry out: "O God, You are MY God."

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Psalm 63:3

Psalm 63:3

When David pours our his heart into one of his many psalms of prayer and praise to the Lord, his words often quickens an air of rejoicing in our own lives, for we too can identify with some of the many hardships he faced and yet we too can also bear witness to the wealth of joy that he proclaimed,  for joy in the Lord and the joy of the Lord was the strength that David received from the Lord - as it is for so many of His children.

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Psalm 63:8

Psalm 63:8

From beginning to end, David the shepherd king cries out in intense longing to God. He displays a deep yearning for the Lord - a soul-thirst that only his heavenly Father can satisfy.

His whole spirit, soul and body pants out in passionate desire for spiritual refreshment, which God alone can supply. And David clings tight hold of His Redeemer King, knowing that only in Him will he find lasting peace, for only God's righteous read more...

Psalm 66:1

Psalm 66:1

The heavens declare the glory of God, the trees clap their hands together and the little hill rejoice on every side. Angels and archangels lift up their voices in anthems of hallelujahs and in Revelation we discover that all creatures in heaven and earth will one day raise up their voices in a symphony of praise and honour and glory and power, for ever and ever to the almighty Creator of the universe and Saviour of mankind.

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Psalm 66:5

Psalm 66:5

As Christians, we have been directed to sing praises to the Lord and to give thanks to Him in all things. We have been instructed... that in everything, by prayer and supplication, to make our requests known to God, and we are to do it with thanksgiving and praise.

Over and again we are exhorted to pray without ceasing and in everything give thanks to our heavenly Father, for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning us. read more...

Psalm 71:16

Psalm 71:16

This ageing Psalmist stands witness to the singular righteousness of the Lord God, for He is also this elderly writer’s strength, his stronghold and his stay.

Despite the obvious trials and tribulations that are engulfing this old man, in so many ways, he testifies that the Lord has been his continuing support from birth and childhood, throughout his youth and right on into his senior years. He boldly proclaims that nothing can shake his deep trust read more...

Psalm 72:6

Psalm 72:6

The world is weary and war-torn.. and individually and nationally the world longs for peace. People yearn for a ruler who will usher in a golden age of peace and prosperity. The world aches for a perfect reign of righteousness and virtue. They crave a time when the groans of creation cease- the wicked are punished; the hungry are fed; the oppressed are vindicated; the weary are refreshed and justice rules in the corridors of power.

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Psalm 73:26

Psalm 73:26

Asaph who wrote this psalm was one of David's worship leaders in the tabernacle choir. He was a skilled singer and a poet, and although a man of faith, who acknowledged that God is good to Israel and to all who are pure of heart.. Asaph became discouraged and found that his faith wavered when he constantly saw how wicked men seemed to prosper and get away with all sorts of evil practices.

Life seemed so unfair to this man and his read more...

Psalm 78:72

Psalm 78:72

Like many of the Psalms, chapter 78 is an important chronicle from Israel's past history, but it is a parable that encourages us to learn from bygone times, so that we are not doomed to repeat the same mistakes again.

It is a song that contains lessons from days of old, which are designed to help us to learn from the past, to encourage us to make the right choices in the present - and to live as God has ordained that we read more...

Psalm 85:7

Psalm 85:7

The Lord is full of loving-kindness and tender mercies to all who will call out to Him for help - and like the children of Israel who so often cried out to the Lord when they strayed from the paths of righteousness, we too can cry to the Lord our God, to show us His loving-kindness and to grant us His salvation.

Whether wilfully or through a small series of downward steps we too can find ourselves straying from the paths of truth read more...

Psalm 86:8

Psalm 86:8

There are those that presume in their foolish hearts to elevate themselves to become as little gods in their own, blinded eyes and bloodied hearts, which are puffed up with pride. There are those that reject the true and living God, preferring to transfer their mindless worship onto other created life-forms, which in their foolish hearts are elevated into the status of a god. But the Lord our God is One and He alone is worthy to receive true worship and praise read more...

Psalm 90:2

Psalm 90:2

The book of Genesis tells us about the beginning of creation, but before time and space and matter were brought into being, before the universe came into existence and before man was made in His image and likeness - there was only God.

God is and has always been and will be forever and ever, and the Psalmist seeks to place this concept, that is inconceivable to the mind of man into perspective, with the words – from read more...

Psalm 90:12

Psalm 90:12

Too often we think in terms of years and make plans for the far distant future, and yet we are instructed to live one day at a time and not to even worry ourselves about the needs of tomorrow, for each day has sufficient trouble of its own.

The children of Israel were given one day’s supply of manna in the wilderness in order that they might learn to trust in the read more...

Psalm 90:17

Psalm 90:17

Moses was a man of God who spent much of his ministry to Israel calling for them to trust in the Lord, and to turn from their sin of unbelief and rebellion. In this beautiful Psalm, Moses compares and contrasts the eternal God with mortal man. He differentiates between the brevity of humanity's fleeting life, which ebbs and flows like a wave that kisses the shore for a fleeting moment.. and shows the disparity, between the matchless wisdom of the eternal God and read more...

Psalm 91:4

Psalm 91:4

There is true security in trusting in the almighty God of our salvation and along with the Psalmist we also can rejoice that we who dwell under the shelter of the Lord are shielded and protected under the shadow on His wing. He is our armed Safeguard, our strong Shield, our Defence and our Defender.

It is not due to our own merit that we have this wonderful assurance but because of His faithfulness towards the children of men. read more...

Psalm 96:1

Psalm 96:1

Angels sing their holy song to God while the heavens rejoice; the earth is joyful; trees clap their hands and the very stones proclaim of the glory to God for He is full of grace and truth; His splendour and majesty are ever before Him and His strength and beauty is in His holy temple. The faithfulness of our God stretches from one generation to another.

No wonder we are called by the psalmist to sing unto the Lord a new song, a glorious song, a wonderful song that proclaims His read more...

Psalm 100:1

Psalm 100:1

Not only is this Psalm designated: “A Song of Praise”, but it cries out for the whole earth to raise its collective voice in jubilant joy and undivided delight to the one and only God, Who is the true and living Creator and Preserver of heaven and earth.

Make a joyful noise unto the LORD, is the great, opening command of this read more...

Psalm 100:2

Psalm 100:2

Giving thanks to the Lord for His wonderous deeds and bountiful mercies is the glorious message contained within this well-loved passage of Scripture, which should be taken to heart and manifested in our lives of all who believe.

Psalm 100 is a beautiful sacrifice of praise to the Lord and is often affectionately referred to as the “Old read more...

Psalm 100:3

Psalm 100:3

As members of the fallen human race there are certain things that we all need to know. We need to KNOW that the Lord Himself is the one and only sovereign God and supreme Ruler of all.

We should KNOW that He is the great Creator of the universe and everyone in it and that He is the One Who formed and fashioned us in the beginning. It was read more...

Psalm 100:4

Psalm 100:4

This entire psalm is a great song of praise and worship that declares the goodness and mercy of God to all people. He is faithful and true, and His grace extends to each nation of the world and every tribe of Israel – for ever and ever.

Although this psalm begins with an explosion of praise, and a great celebration of the might, majesty, read more...

Psalm 100:5

Psalm 100:5

The Lord is good; merciful and faithful. What a glorious triplet of gracious attributes to ascribe to the great; almighty; sovereign; powerful; righteous God, for power and righteousness without goodness; mercy, grace and faithfulness would indeed be a terrifying prospect for humanity. But the goodness of God is eternal, His mercy is everlasting. His faithfulness spans every generation of mankind.

The Lord is indeed good, His read more...

Psalm 102:25

Psalm 102:25

This verse recalls the prayer of a man that is severely afflicted by all the distressing circumstances of life that were battering him. He is crying out to the Lord for mercy, both for himself and for his afflicted nation, Israel. He is a man that can neither eat nor sleep and whose bitter tears of woe, are flowing from his eyes to mingle in with his drink. He feels that God is ignoring his prayers and likens himself to a doomed prisoner on death row, that is read more...

Psalm 103:2

Psalm 103:2

The psalms so often call upon us to bless the Lord with our whole being and never to forget all the multiplied benefits of His grace and goodness that are poured down on us in such abundance, day by day. Manifold are his mercies, which are new every morning and how pleasing it is to the Father to hear the reverent praise and grateful worship that comes from a heart that truly loves Him.

To bless the Lord means to delight in HIM, read more...

Psalm 103:3

Psalm 103:3

Every good and perfect gift comes from God above, but there is no more precious and lasting gift than that of the forgiveness of our sins. God's forgiveness of sinners is exclusively and singularly tied to the cross of Calvary and the blood of Christ that was shed for many for the remission of sin and the redemption of mankind.

Only the death and resurrection of Jesus is sufficient to pay the full and costly price for the sin of read more...

Psalm 103:3

Psalm 103:3

Assuredly we should bless the Lord with the whole of our being for the Lord inhabits the praises of His children – surely, we should sing and make joyful music in our hearts to the Lord our God, for He alone is worthy of all the glory and might; majesty and dominion; power; praise and blessing.

This is no self-centred, superficial form of worship but a yearning desire, deep within that is overwhelmed by Who God is and what He read more...

Psalm 103:4

Psalm 103:4

This great psalm of praise rehearses the multiplied blessings and eternal benefits that the everlasting Creator has poured out in great abundance on the children of men and the people of Israel.

Our very life has been redeemed from the pit of the dead - for not only are we forgiven of our sins and the beneficiaries of eternal life, (by grace through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ), but part of that free gift of grace was read more...

Psalm 103:5

Psalm 103:5

David, the shepherd king of Israel, gives the most beautiful and complete exhortation to bless the Lord for His grace and mercy, as he catalogues many unfathomable truths, within this simple and well-loved Psalm.

He offers the most far-reaching entreaty to give thanks and praise to our great God and eternal Redeemer, as step by step, he details the magnificent, redemptive truth, that mirrors our own Christian walk.

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Psalm 103:8

Psalm 103:8

The eternal and interlinked attributes and essence of the Lord started to be unfolded to humanity at the start of Scripture and all His beautiful characteristics are intertwined with each other and interlaced together and it seems likely that they will continue to be revealed to our growing understanding of Him, throughout the eternal ages to come. From the start to the end of Scripture the Lord shows Himself to be compassionate and gracious, slow to anger and read more...

Psalm 103:12

Psalm 103:12

What a glorious hymn of praise David penned – for though originally written to rejoice in the everlasting faithfulness of the Lord towards His people Israel, this beautiful verse is as relevant today for the Church as it will be in the eternal age to come - for every man and woman who has ever trusted in the Lord Jesus - the Saviour of the World.

The universe we are told is expanding and the bible indicates that the earth is read more...

Psalm 103:19

Psalm 103:19

The Lord God Almighty is great and highly to be praised and despite the vain attempts and aspirations of foolish men and fallen angels, the everlasting throne of the eternal God is without comparison, and firmly fixed in heavenly places. God is His own designer and master-builder, Who laid both the foundation of the earth and the capstone of His heavenly seat, which is established both now and for evermore.

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Psalm 104:33

Psalm 104:33

O come let us adore Him forever, is the heart-cry of the Psalmist, who sees continuous and continuing praising of the Lord to be the core cry within the depth of our inner beings, for He alone is worthy of such exultant worship. God alone is deserving of reverence and great glory and verse after verse of this joyful Psalm is poured out as a sacrifice of praise to our Father in heaven - and songs of celebration, that rejoice in the richness of His goodness, the read more...

Psalm 104:34

Psalm 104:34

The secret thoughts of everyman, like those of the Psalmist are personal and private to the individual – and no man can truly know the inner contemplations of our minds; the meditations of our heart or the deepest yearnings of our inner being. But when our thoughts fly to the stability and grace of our Father in heaven– when we meditate upon His faithfulness; contemplate His wonderful grace and reflect upon His word of truth – we discover that our heart is resting on the read more...

Psalm 107:1

Psalm 107:1

This lovely Psalm explodes into a song of thanksgiving to God, because His mercy and loves endures forever. But it is a Psalm which verse by verse continues to build up to a crescendo of grateful thanks, as it lists the many things that God has done for His people – Israel, and the many ways that He has responded to their cry for help. Although this is a Psalm that lists the many ways that God responded to their need and sheltered them from their enemies - it read more...

Psalm 107:7

Psalm 107:7

Throughout their history the nation of Israel passed through countless cycles of rebellion against God - followed by retribution, repentance and restoration. In the wake of Israel's sin of unbelief and murmurings against Him, the Lord graciously chastened His people for a season, before responding to their cries and restoring them into sweet fellowship with Himself.

Throughout history we discover our faithful God restoring His read more...

Psalm 107:8

Psalm 107:8

This is a beautiful song of rejoicing in the Lord where the theme of thanksgiving and praise for the goodness of God and His everlasting mercy, threads its way like a shining thread from beginning to end.. The Psalmist highlights from personal experience and from national history the wonderful works of God and the many ways that He has been good and gracious to the children of men. Oh give thanks to the Lord He is good His mercy endures forever. O that men would read more...

Psalm 107:9

Psalm 107:9

It is God Who puts a hunger in our heart.. both for justification and sanctification. The unbeliever is drawn by the Father's cords of love and convicted of their sinfulness and need of a Saviour through the ministry of Holy Spirit. And when faith in Christ's sacrificial work is finally received into the heart, that man or woman is born of the Spirit of God.. and a thirsty soul who aches for peace with God - is satisfied.

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Psalm 110:1

Psalm 110:1

Throughout Scripture the right hand of God is the place of heavenly authority and sovereign power, and the Bible bears abundant testimony that the Lord Jesus Christ has been given this place of universal supremacy. Christ is not only above us in honour and power but is seated on the throne of God, above the heaven, the earth and all of God's creation, waiting for the time when every enemy is made a footstool for His feet, and the last enemy to be defeated is read more...

Psalm 111:10

Psalm 111:10

How the Psalmist loves to praise the holy and awesome name of Lord and this is a psalm that bathes in the splendour and majesty of the great works of God’s hand; the glories of His eternal righteousness; the faithfulness of His gracious provision; the power of His mighty hand and the everlasting covenant which He has graciously made with His people Israel - no wonder this cascade of praise concludes with the words: The fear of the LORD is the beginning of read more...

Psalm 116:12

Psalm 116:12

The Psalmist expresses his love for the Lord because God hears and answers His children when they call to Him. In his song of praise, he recalls the many troubles and sorrows he has already encountered and how gracious and compassionate the Lord has been to him – the Lord heard his cry for help and the Lord rescued him from death and despair. And as the Psalmist remembers the merciful kindness and patient grace of the Lord towards him, he cries out, how can read more...

Psalm 118:8

Psalm 118:8

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom and all who follow His instructions have good insight. Reverence for the Lord is the beginning of knowledge but fools despise wisdom and detest instruction. How much better, therefore to take refuge in the Lord rather than to place ones trust in man.

A reverential fear of God and a heart that trusts the Lord is the beginning of wisdom and gives us safety from the fear of man. read more...

Psalm 118:24

Psalm 118:24

When thing go well, and the sun is shining, and we have just received a wonderful surprise or had some encouraging news of a dear loved one how we rejoice and how our hearts are full of praise to the Lord. It is on these days of unexpected wonder and joyful delight that we lift up our voices and proclaim with the Psalmist: This is the day the LORD has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it – and rightly so.

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Psalm 118:24

Psalm 118:24

We love to look out on misty mornings, stunning sunsets and a sun-kissed field of wheat and say: 'this is the day that the Lord has made we will rejoice and be glad in it' - and indeed it is good to praise the Lord for the wonderful works of His mighty hand. But this lovely verse, which is right in the centre of scripture has a far more significant meaning - and one which is attached to the very core of God's own heart, for on this scheduled day, the Lord read more...

Psalm 118:28

Psalm 118:28

God knows the importance of praise, the power of prayer and the benefits that accompany a thankful heart in the life of a believer, which is why so many writers of scriptures exhort us to rejoice in the Lord, to pray without ceasing and in everything to give thanks - indeed the apostle Paul explains that this is God's will for all His blood-bought children.

And here we discover the Psalmist giving glory to the Lord in an read more...

Psalm 119:11

Psalm 119:11

The heart is that private place where inner secrets are stored, and personal treasures carefully hidden from the stare of all but our nearest and dearest - and none is so cherished or dependable as the precious Saviour of our soul. The heart is that concealed portion of our being where our choice thoughts, cherished wisdom and valued secrets are stored. It is the repository-box in which the Word of God and words from God are deposited for safe keeping and read more...

Psalm 119:18

Psalm 119:18

This lengthy but beautifully written Psalm has its entire focus on the Word of God, which contain the instructions of the heavenly Father. How we need the Word of God, for it is our daily food and it is refreshment for our souls. How we should treasure the Word of God, for it is our guide and teacher – our strength and our defence. How we should read, mark, learn and inwardly digest the Word of God, for it is life and health – it is peace and light., it is read more...

Psalm 119:25

Psalm 119:25

This beautiful Psalm is the longest chapter in the Bible and its focus, from beginning to end is the Word of God. God's Word is a lamp to our feet and a light to our path. The Word of God teaches and trains us, it regulates and rules our thinking. It gives peace to the righteous and strength to the weak. It nourishes and feeds us and gives witness to the truth.

Yes indeed the Word of God revives and refreshes us and we are read more...

Psalm 119:50

Psalm 119:50

The focus of Psalm 119, is the wonderful, Word of God. The writer of this poetic work, has discovered it is a lamp to his feet, and a guiding light to direct his pathway. He expressed sheer delight, that God's Word is forever, and is firmly established in the heaven of heavens. No wonder he pleads: quicken me, according to thy Word O Lord.

The Psalmist discovered that the unfolding of God's Word gives wisdom and read more...

Psalm 119:89

Psalm 119:89

We have a gracious sovereign and eternal Lord and His Word is everlasting and unchanging. It is firmly established in heavenly places, for the word of God proceeded forth from the heart of the omniscient and glorious God – Whose name is holy and Whose throne of glory is established in the heavens.

Verse after verse of this inspired psalm turns our attention to the glories and perfection of the wonderful Word of God– stanza read more...

Psalm 119:103

Psalm 119:103

What great delight the Psalmist took in His Lord - for he had discovered His God to be more precious than the splendid wealth of many kingdoms, deeper than the immense depths of the extensive ocean, vaster that the immeasurable extremities of the universe and sweeter to the taste than the very sweetest honey dripping down from the overflowing honeycomb.

It was the Word of the Lord that caused such an explosion of ecstatic read more...

Psalm 119:105

Psalm 119:105

We journey through a fallen world with many dangerous pitfalls, slippery places and dark foes seeking to destroy our close fellowship with our Lord and Saviour. Not only are there external difficulties and dangers but also internal failings and weaknesses that lurk deep within our soul, which can cause us to walk away from our 'First Love.' But the Word of God is a lamp to guide us along the right path and a radiant light that shines brightly in this darkened read more...

Psalm 119:114

Psalm 119:114

Sin caused fallen man to be separated from his holy Creator, and yet God in His grace, wisdom, justice and mercy chose to reveal Himself and His glorious plan of salvation through His Word. And beginning with Moses and all the prophets, the written Word of God was penned and preached over centuries of time - to the people whom God had chosen to be His eternal inheritance.

The history of Israel is replete with examples where God read more...

Psalm 119:130

Psalm 119:130

God is the creator of language; architect of thought and author of speech. He is the originator of words, and through His locution pours forth the eternal wisdom within His heart, and God in His grace has equipped us with His holy Word and filled it to overflowing with light, life and hope.

The very first Word that read more...

Psalm 121:1

Psalm 121:1

Three times a year the men of Israel would set out for Jerusalem to celebrate the feasts of the Lord and to worship their God at the Holy Temple - which stood majestically at the top of Mount Zion. As they travelled along they set their faces towards the Jerusalem hills, and as they advanced they sang together the many Songs of Ascent - I lift my eyes toward the mountains. Where will my help come from? My help comes from the LORD, the Maker of heaven and read more...

Psalm 125:1

Psalm 125:1

This beautiful Psalm is one of a series of songs that the people of Israel would sing joyfully together as they streamed up towards the city of Jerusalem to celebrate the feast of Jehovah.

They journeyed together in prayer and praise as they started to ascend the holy Hill of Zion. They were on their way to celebrate the annual festival of the Lord and as they journeyed together they joyfully recited these “songs of ascent', read more...

Psalm 125:2

Psalm 125:2

There is no more sure protection than to be a child of God - born of the Spirit and placed in Christ. God has promised to be with us always, even unto the end of the world and He is above us.. in heavenly places, interceding for us and acting as our advisory before the Father. He is pleading our cause and protecting us against the accusations of Satan. He is also beneath us - lifting us up and holding us steady, for underneath are His everlasting arms of love.

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Psalm 126:3

Psalm 126:3

Imagine your country being conquered, your homes destroyed, your possessions taken and you, along with every member of your family being led away captive, into a foreign land for 70 years. But this is what happened to the nation of Israel as a result of their disobedience towards God and their gross apostasy.

They been transported from Israel to Babylon for seventy years earlier, but the day had at last arrived when the Lord read more...

Psalm 127:1

Psalm 127:1

Whether running a home or building a house, working at a factory or supporting a ministry there is one vital principal that is all-embracing, all our undertakings require a total dependence upon God, without which all efforts will be frustrated, and all activities will be rendered unsuccessful.

Irrespective of developed skills, natural talents, physical capabilities or intellectual genius, all expended effort that excludes the Lord will be rendered read more...

Psalm 127:2

Psalm 127:2

Every Psalm contains its own special truth, and this song, which is credited to Solomon, reminds us that it is the Lord, Who blesses our daily lives; our domestic duties; our business opportunities and our various labours. The Lord is the one Who provides for our everyday needs, and it is upon Him that each one of us should justifiably depend.

The Lord pours out His favour on our labour, and establish the work of our hands. But read more...

Psalm 127:3

Psalm 127:3

There are a group of writings that are entitled, “Psalms of the Ascent”. They were a series of songs that were sung by Jewish pilgrims, as they journeyed up the steep pathway, to the holy city of Jerusalem, to celebrate the feasts of the Lord.

They would unite their voices in joyful praise, as they journeyed to attend one of the three pilgrim festivals. Psalm 127 is one such pilgrim psalm, which is attributed to Solomon and uses everyday activities, read more...

Psalm 128:1

Psalm 128:1

Faith and patience are the twin sisters that accompany a man or woman of God along their journey of life. They are two of the graces that the spiritual believer needs to be developing on their way to spiritual maturity - they are the two 'fruit-of-the-Spirit' that most completely exemplify the one that fears the Lord and walks in His ways.

A reverence for our almighty God and obedience to our Father's voice results in an read more...

Psalm 130:3

Psalm 130:3

Many of the Psalms are penitential hymns, where the people of God cry out to Him for confession and forgiveness - or to plead for His mercy and blessing. Like us, they knew that the Lord is faithful to hear our needy prayer and quick to answer our pitiful cries for help.

From the moment that Adam fell the individual sins we all commit and the inherited sin nature we receive from our forefathers, inevitably renders us all as guilty read more...

Psalm 133:1

Psalm 133:1

The topic of brothers living together in unity was part of Christ's High Priestly prayer, just before His walk to Calvary. In his advancing years the apostle John pleaded, little children love one another, while Paul calls us to: be of the same mind toward one with another.. maintaining the same love, united in spirit and intent on one purpose - and one Person.

And in his short outburst of praise we discover read more...

Psalm 136:1

Psalm 136:1

Gratefulness of heart to the Lord God almighty is a golden stream that threads its way through this wonderful song of praise. A repetitive chorus that rehearses the truth of God's goodness is the constant reminder that God's love and grace touches every facet of our lives: O give thanks to the LORD; for He is good: for His mercy endures for ever.

The repetitive, melodious heartbeat that caresses every part of the read more...

Psalm 139:1

Psalm 139:1

We are told that no one knows the heart of a man except himself - and how we love to give a false image of ourselves to one another and how we try to justify keeping the truth of who we really are, a secret from other people. But whatever masks we use in front of family, friends and other folks - God knows. The Lord knows every little thing about us, for God knows everything.

He knows all about us - past, present and future. He read more...

Psalm 139:2

Psalm 139:2

So many of the psalms of David have become special favourites to generations of God’s children for this man after God’s own heart, so often pens the inner-thoughts that flood our own minds, as we reflect on the wonders of our heavenly Father and as we consider mans’ many imperfections in the light of His glorious perfection.

How many of us have spent much if not all of our lives hiding behind a protective mask read more...

Psalm 139:4

Psalm 139:4

We are fearfully and wonderfully made and every stanza of this beautiful Psalm drips with God's greatness and tenderness and gives us a glimpse into the unfathomable knowledge of our eternal Creator. Our God is unknowable and yet He has granted us a peep into His magnificence, beauty and infinite wisdom. He knows us intimately and is able to search out the hidden thoughts of our minds and secret intention of our heart.

Our God is read more...

Psalm 139:13

Psalm 139:13

The wonder, glory and sovereignty of the Lord, weaves its way, like a golden thread of wonderment, through so many of David's psalms, but none so beautifully than Psalm 139.

The shepherd king of Israel is deeply affected, by the overarching supremacy of God, over the conception and formation of a new little human being. He is awe-stuck by the intricate form of each tiny baby, as it is knitted together, in secret - within the read more...

Psalm 139:16

Psalm 139:16

We are fearfully and wonderfully made for we are the work of the Father’s hand. What a comfort and joy to know that although we do not see the Lord He not only sees us but knows us intimately and has each of one us in His thoughts constantly. He fashioned and formed us – He selected our parentage and scheduled every day of our lives. Each one of us can say with certainty: Your eyes saw me in my mother’s womb, before my body was even formed and You have read more...

Psalm 139:23

Psalm 139:23

This well-loved, and oft recited Psalm of David, opens our understanding to the greatness and majesty of our awesome God. It gives us a glimpse into His omniscience, His omnipotence and His omnipresence. It reminds us that God knows every aspect of our lives and is interested in the smallest detail of our existence. This great and mighty God has planned every day of our life and searches out each thought of our heart read more...

Psalm 141:2

Psalm 141:2

The thought of our prayers ascending to the Lord in heaven in the cool of the evening, as a sweet-smelling fragrance to our heavenly Father, is most beautiful to contemplate. As a child calls out to his attentive father for help or as a mother strains to hear and respond to the cries of her nursing child, so the ear of the Lord is ever open to the feeble cries of His children.

The psalmist desires that his prayers are read more...

Psalm 141:3

Psalm 141:3

How we should cry out to the Lord each moment of the day to guide us into the way of godliness and to deliver us from those that practice their wicked ways, for the Lord hears the cries of all His children. The Lord is not slow to respond to our pleading call and He is not slack in fulfilling the many precious promises that He has made towards us.

David was an example of a man that regularly called out to God and asked that the read more...

Psalm 143:1

Psalm 143:1

From beginning to end, this psalm of David is a petition and prayer to the Lord that covers every possible eventuality that is likely to touch each of our lives, at one time or another. He calls out to the Lord to hear his prayer, to pay heed to his supplication and to answer him according to His faithfulness, for the psalmist know that the Lord is faithful and will answer him in His righteousness. David cries for mercy and forgiveness, which flow into a deeper read more...

Psalm 143:8

Psalm 143:8

Whether it was seeking refuge from His enemies, in deep repentance for His transgressions or to worship and glorify God, the foundation upon which the prayer and praises of David rested, was the righteousness, faithfulness and goodness of God.

David learned many things about the Lord in his life-time and one important lesson was that no matter how dark the night of doubt and sorrow, how mountainous the problems he had to face or read more...

Psalm 143:10

Psalm 143:10

David pleads his own wretchedness and implores God's goodness to direct and govern his ways, and like so many of his petitions, these verses feed the hungry soul, lift-up the fainting spirit and encourage the believer' heart. In his distress he entreats the listening ear of his faithful Saviour crying out for mercy, as the enemy seeks to crush his soul in death's deep darkness.

David's spirit is faint, his heart dismayed, his read more...

Psalm 146:2

Psalm 146:2

This long and beautiful Psalm is a song of praise that rejoiced in the unalterable character and eternal beauty of the Lord. It extols the greatness of His character and it rejoices over the glories and majesty of our Creator God – as verse after verse the Psalmist reflects on the wonder of His name.

He meditates on the greatness of his God. He rejoices in the eternal faithfulness and gracious wisdom of the Lord and he read more...

Psalm 147:3

Psalm 147:3

There is a lovely little chorus we used to sing many years ago that would give the same sort of comfort as the words of this beautiful verse – for we have a good and wonderful God, and He truly is able to heal the broken-hearted and to bind up the wounds of one that is destitute:

He is able, He is able I know my Lord is able –
I know my Lord is able to carry me through,
He is able, He is able I know my Lord is read more...