A Spacious Place

“A spacious place” (Ps 18:19) is rich with imagery. It speaks of someone who has been walking in a restricted, enclosed or even imprisoned environment who then bursts into wide and unrestricted living. Imagine, walking for some hours through thick and prickly undergrowth and then suddenly stumbling out into a lush woodland meadow! The contrast is massive and even thinking about it makes me take … Continue reading A Spacious Place

I feel frustrated (there, I’ve said it!)

Over the past few months, there have been increasing numbers of articles about pandemic induced frustration. People from all walks of life are finding that their emotional resilience is just not where it normally is and the silliest of things is triggering them. This is not surprising after the year that we have been through  and is quite understandable. For many of us, we’ve been … Continue reading I feel frustrated (there, I’ve said it!)

Pause: Guerilla Warfare Praying

“Lead me to the rock that is higher than I” (Ps 61:2b) As you slurp coffee and power up your laptop for another day at work, why not take a quick pause to consider the powerful and subversive nature of Psalm 61. In verse two the Psalmist prayerfully longs for some rather radical things: “Lead me” requires humility and not arrogant assurance. It’s a life … Continue reading Pause: Guerilla Warfare Praying

A Prayer for the Spiritual Flabby

“Praise the LORD, my soul, and forget not all his benefits” (Psalm 103:2) Eugene Peterson, writing about this verse says “Forgetfulness atrophies [wastes away] the muscles of praise and leaves them flabby and passive.”  Forgetfulness, for the Christian, is similar to me not lacing up my running shoes. The effects may not be seen straight away, but the inevitable creep of flabbiness and lethargy will eventually become … Continue reading A Prayer for the Spiritual Flabby

Reasons to sing when the wind is howling

Psalm 95 1 Come, let us sing for joy to the Lord;     let us shout aloud to the Rock of our salvation. 2 Let us come before him with thanksgiving     and extol him with music and song. 3 For the Lord is the great God,     the great King above all gods. 4 In his hand are the depths of the earth,     and the mountain peaks belong to him. 5 The sea is his, for he made it,     and his hands … Continue reading Reasons to sing when the wind is howling

The Mirror & the Cross (Psalm 26)

“Vindicate me, Lord, for I have led a blameless life; I have trusted in the Lord and have not faltered. Test me, Lord, and try me, examine my heart and my mind; for I have always been mindful of your unfailing love and have lived in reliance on your faithfulness.” verses 1-2 The Psalms have an amazing ability to strip away any form of pretence … Continue reading The Mirror & the Cross (Psalm 26)

Teach me your way (Psalm 27)

“Teach me your way, Lord; lead me in a straight path.” (v11) Why is this such a provocative statement? Sandwiched in the middle of a Psalm about the Lord rescuing us from terrible and distressing situations, it would be easy for this verse to be replaced with “God, just get me out of here!” However, even in times and seasons of pain, setback, uncertainty and … Continue reading Teach me your way (Psalm 27)