Word from Scotland
by Sandy Shaw
Psalm 119 begins with ‘blessing’. – how may we be blessed, and how may we share these blessings with others?
This longest Psalm speaks of God’s all sufficient word. It is a masterpiece of design, as it reveals the beauty and blessings of God’s Word.
It has an unmistakable theme – the Word of God – and features the dynamic supernatural power of the Word of God – the sufficiency of God’s Word – and how the Word enables us to grow, and handle life’s afflictions.
The Psalms are Hebrew poetry – poetry ( Click for more )
How well does our faith help us handle difficulties, problems, and challenges? The world is facing issues, many of which were unknown only three months ago.
Turn to the book of James – may these words help us. “James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ: To the twelve tribes scattered among the nations. Greetings!”
Who is James? He is the half brother of Jesus – the son of Mary and Joseph – and yet, James does not pull rank or parade his pedigree – the half brother of Jesus, who could have said so much about standing and ( Click for more )
What happened to George Floyd was inexcusable and reprehensible – so is rioting, looting, and burning buildings.
Why is this happening? For years, we have tried to be a moral people – without God – and that does not work.
Many have been taught that morality comes from our hearts and minds – and not from Almighty God, and the Scriptures.
What we have seen on the streets has been highly orchestrated.
Our nation’s laws are based on the Commandments and Principles in Scripture – from which we are moving far away. People have ( Click for more )
Psalm 91 is all about peace in the midst of danger and difficulty.
Some ‘peaces’ are so fragile – many people fall for false peace – and false peace leads to anxiety and worse.
The world can be dangerous and filled with sorrow – the Psalmist knew the reality of danger. How can we have peace in a world like that?
There are promises in Psalm 91 – the Psalmist faces up to the difficulty by expounding the promises – supplying the solution.
You can trust God to keep you safe in times of danger.
Verse 2 – The psalm ( Click for more )
Isaiah 61 and Luke Chapter 4 – “The Spirit of the sovereign Lord is upon me because the Lord has anointed me to preach good news to the poor – He has sent me to bind up the broken hearted.”
After all the rather hard and harsh truths which Isaiah was given to proclaim during his lengthy prophetic ministry, God places these words in his heart.
We are reading here of how God would intervene spectacularly.
Isaiah senses that the Spirit of the Lord God was upon him.
Isaiah knew he was anointed by God – that can make a man speak out ( Click for more )
Psalm 3 - where we are reading of a man of God in trouble. Last week it was Asaph the musician in Psalm 77.
These are the words of David, king of Israel. It is a time of personal and national crisis. Not only had some of the people turned against him - but his own son Absalom had turned against him.
David had been chosen and anointed and appointed king in Israel - and he is having to flee from people - he is on the run from his own son - and his heart is breaking.
Such experiences can appear in the life of God's people.
Psalm 66 verse 15 is almost a verse ( Click for more )
We live on through this deepening crisis. Where is God in all this? What are we, as individuals, supposed to do? Many are hurting – shrouded in fog, and unable to see the future. We are in unexplored uncharted territory. Israel, at the Red Sea, had never previously been down that road. All the people could see facing them from the shores of the Red Sea was trouble – water stopping their path, and the chasing Egyptians. It looked bleak and hopeless – a dead end – but God knew there was a way out. Their sad situation was filled with struggle and ( Click for more )
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