Reading with M’Cheyne
Iain D Campbell
Psalm 106 is another of the Psalms which celebrates the history of redemption, and focuses our attention on the experience of Israel, led and kept by God while on pilgrimage to the promised land. One of the reasons such psalms are important is that they remind us that God was in the history of his...
Iain D Campbell
Peaks and Troughs Psalm 107 celebrates the transforming power of God's redemption in the lives of his people. The refrain throughout the psalm highlights its main theme: 'Let them give thanks to the Lord for his unfailing love and his wonderful deeds for men' (vv8,15,21,31). This refrain is...
Iain D Campbell
'May his children be fatherless....' There are difficult psalms - and Psalm 109 is one of them. In it, David praises God: the psalm both opens and closes on that note of praise and worship. Yet, on the surface, the psalm seems to be written with a pen dipped in vitriol, as it pours out curse and...
Iain D Campbell
Priest forever This Psalm has the distinction of being among the most frequently quoted passages in the New Testament. In it, David seems to hear the covenant Lord speak to his Lord, inviting him to sit at his right hand. As Hebrews 1:13 reminds us, it was not to any of the angels that Jehovah...
Iain D Campbell
Blessed! Sometimes I think that the Book of Psalms is like a portrait gallery, full of pictures and portraits. Sometimes there are portraits of God, sometimes of Christ. Sometimes, too, there are portraits of the believer - such as we have in Psalm 112. What does a godly man look like? Is there...
Chris Larson
The church's mission encompasses all nations. Psalm 117, the shortest chapter in the Bible, calls on nations to jubilantly praise the Lord. Psalm 118 highlights the collision of God's covenant people in the Old Testament with surrounding nations. In both chapters, the mercy of God resonates. Psalm...
Chris Larson
Psalm 119 is the longest chapter in the Bible. Moreover, the contents largely speak of the Bible itself. Twenty-two stanzas rehearse the excellencies of God's Word. The psalmist understands God's Word as "law," "testimonies," "precepts," "statutes," "commandments," "judgments," "word," and "...
Chris Larson
Do you live in total dependence on God and His Word? No? I don't either and neither did the psalmist. This chapter of God's Word is the cry of a heart longing to have its orientation corrected, and its hope set on the one true source of joy. The writer knows his revival must come from the Lord and...
Chris Larson
When we think of our personal history it usually brings up memories that are pleasant, and can also bring memories that are painful. Perhaps trials in the family or in the church left you feeling alone in your pain. Perhaps it was the sins of others or your own. It really doesn't matter. Sin...
Chris Larson
Our world is unstable. Nations, cultures, families are always in flux. Since the fall in the Garden, creation is plunged deep in the sea of turmoil. The created order is now disorder. Enter God's Word: • It explains the origin of universal, invariable, and objective truths (Ps. 119:73, 90, 91) • It...