“Let the righteous rejoice in the Lord” (Psalm 64:10). Lord, You give us joy – true joy, lasting joy. This is Your joy. It’s not just a passing emotion. It’s more than a feeling that doesn’t last very long. Your joy changes us. It gives us the strength to live as “a new creation” (2 […]Read More “Let the righteous rejoice in the Lord.”
Isaiah 55:1-13 The Word of God is spoken – ‘Seek the Lord while He may be found…’ (Isaiah 55:6-7). No one seems to be listening. What are we to do? We must remember God’s promise: ‘My Word will not return to Me empty’ (Isaiah 55:11). We do not see all that God is doing. He […]Read More “Seek the Lord while He may be found … ” (Isaiah 55:6-7).
Sometimes, Lord, we’re so busy, looking at the opposition that we fail to see the opportunity. Sometimes, the opposition can have some success – “the work on the House of God came to a standstill” (Ezra 4:24). Whenever Satan attacks Your work, You raise up Your servants to keep the work going: “Zerubbabel … arose […]Read More Sometimes, Lord, we’re so busy, looking at the opposition that we fail to see the opportunity.
“Songs of praise and thanksgiving to God” (Nehemiah 12:46) – Where does the song of praise come from? It comes from You: “God had given them great joy” (Nehemiah 12:43). You look at the way we are living – and what do You see? “Why is the House of God forsaken?” (Nehemiah 13:11). Does it […]Read More Where does the song of praise come from? It comes from You, Lord.
14:1-15:8 – It makes depressing reading – a lot of bad news from the north (16), a lot of bad news from the south (22). Many people wondered, ‘Will there be peace in my lifetime?’. Sadly, the hostilities continued for a very long time (15:6). Were there no glimmers of hope? Was there no light […]Read More 1 Kings 14-19
“My God, my God, why have You forsaken me?” (Psalm 22:1). This was the Psalmist’s prayer. Often, it’s our prayer – it’s the way we feel, even if we don’t actually speak the words! More than that, it was our Saviour’s prayer (Matthew 27:46|). On the Cross, “our sin was laid on Him” (Isaiah 53:6). When we’re […]Read More “My God, my God, why have You forsaken me?”
Less pride and more praise – That’s what we need, Lord. Less taking glory for ourselves and more giving glory to You – May that be the story of our life. Less living in our own weakness and more living in Your power – Lead us, Lord, into a life that is becoming less centred […]Read More Less pride and more praise – That’s what we need, Lord.