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Psalm 122: Hope

Psalm 122: Hope

One interesting outcome of the COVID-19 pandemic was the resurgence in 2020 of the word ‘hope’. It was everywhere: shop windows, newspapers, social media. My favourite was driving past a bus stop and seeing the words ‘THERE IS HOPE’ in large print; as I got closer I...
Psalm 121: God Watches Over You

Psalm 121: God Watches Over You

When we are afraid of the threats that surround us, where do we turn to for help? This traveller’s song begins with fear. As the pilgrims travelled to ancient Jerusalem, they looked to the mountains surrounding them and wondered where their help would come from (v1)....
Psalm 120: Dissatisfaction

Psalm 120: Dissatisfaction

It is often said that ‘life is a journey’. For years we can be oblivious to the fact that we’re moving in a particular direction; in other phases of life, we are more deliberate about our direction of travel. What is it that awakens us to these more intentional parts...
Psalm 86: Help!

Psalm 86: Help!

‘Help! I need somebody; Help! Not just anybody; Help! You know I need someone; Help!’ (- The Beatles) Who do you turn to when you’re in need of help? We modern people are not as independent as we think we are. We all need somebody to lean on – someone who can...
Psalm 85: Harmony

Psalm 85: Harmony

In wartime, the thing most desired above all else is harmony: the end of discord and the putting right of all things. Yet knowing how to achieve it is a question almost impossible to answer. How do we bring to an end falsehood, injustice and confusion, and at the same...
Psalm 84: Homesickness

Psalm 84: Homesickness

A recent infographic about the war in Ukraine shook me. It highlighted the vast numbers of refugees (over 6.5 million people) crossing into neighbouring countries between February and May 2022. And behind every single number is a personal crisis, an uprooting, a...