Psalm

Enlivening and Invigorating

Oct 29

Enlivening and Invigorating   “Quicken thou me according to thy word.”— Psalm cxix. 25.   You will frequently find David uttering this petition; it is a favourite prayer of his: “Quicken thou me, O Lord!” And, as David was like the rest of us — indeed, his experience is the mirror of the experience of all believers — you …

Psalms:119:25

The Trees in God’s Court

Oct 29

The Trees in God's Court   “Those that be planted in the house of the Lord shall flourish in the courts of our God. They shall still bring forth fruit in old age; they shall be fat and flourishing; to show that the Lord is upright: he is my rock, and there is no unrighteousness in him.”— …

Psalms:92:13-15

The Bird Escaped from the Snare

Jan 01

The Bird Escaped from the Snare   “Our soul is escaped as a bird out of the snare of the fowlers: the snare is broken, and we are escaped.”— Psalm cxxiv. 7.     THIS text describes a soul-matter. The Psalmist is not speaking of a temporal deliverance, although even in that sense an escape from death would be a …

Psalms:124:7

The Overflowing Cup

Jan 01

The Overflowing Cup   “My cup runneth over.” — Psalm xxiii. 5.   THE psalm culminates in this expression. The poet can mount no higher. He has endeavoured to express the blessedness of his condition, in having the Lord for his shepherd, but after all his efforts he is conscious of failure. His sonnet has not reached the height …

Psalms:23:5

The Weaned Child

Jan 01

The Weaned Child    “My soul is even as a weaned child.” — Psalm cxxxi. 2.   I WAS once conversing with a very excellent aged minister, and while we were talking about our frames and feelings, he made the following confession : he said, “ When I read that passage in the psalm, ‘My soul is even as …

Psalms:131:2

To Souls in Agony

Jan 01

To Souls in Agony   “The sorrows of death compassed me, and the pains of hell gat hold upon me I found trouble and sorrow. Then called I upon the name of the Lord; O Lord, I beseech thee, deliver my soul… Thou hast delivered my soul from death, mine eyes from tears, and my feet from …

Psalms:116:3,4,8

A Sacred Solo

Jan 01

A Sacred Solo   “The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusted in him, and I am helped therefore my heart greatly rejoiceth; and with my song will I praise him.”— Psalm xxviii. 7.   THIS passage has, to my mind, a peculiar charm. I do not know whether it breaks on your ear with like …

Psalms:28:7

Opening the Mouth

Jan 01

Opening the Mouth   “Open thy mouth wide, and I will fill it.”— Psalm lxxxi. 10.   SOME have considered that our text contains an allusion to a singular custom of showing favour which has been occasionally adopted by eastern monarchs. It is not a very long time ago that a former Shah of Persia bade an ambassador, who …

Psalms:81:10

A Holy and Homely Resolve

Jan 01

Psalms:101:2

The Singing Pilgrim

Jan 01

THE SINGING PILGRIM.   “Thy statutes have been my songs in the house of my pilgrimage.” — Psalm cxix. 54.   THE one-hundred-and-nineteenth Psalm is said by many to consist of detached sentences, and to be rather a casket of gold rings than a chain of united golden links; yet the position of this verse is somewhat remarkable, for …

Psalms:119:54