The book of Psalms: Psalm 23

Although well known to so many, Psalm 23 offers a fresh message– assurance and comfort for each new day. Stuart Holman leads this Daily Devotional as part of the Growing Disciples course.

The book of Psalms: Psalm 22

As we continue our journey through Book 1 of the Psalter, Psalm 22 offers us a window into the experience of God’s anointed as he suffers. Remarkably, God’s anointed suffers! David’s circumstances are not made explicit when he writes this Psalm, and yet the New Testament insists that this Psalm lays down a template for Jesus Christ’s experience of suffering and vindication– the cross and the resurrection in one Psalm. Stuart Holman leads this Daily Devotional as part of the Growing Disciples course.

The book of Psalms: Psalm 19

As we continue our journey through Book 1 of the Psalter, Psalm 19 offers us a meditation on God’s self-revelation. God has made himself known both in his Creation and in his Word. Stuart Holman leads this Daily Devotional as part of the Growing Disciples course.

The book of Psalms: Psalm 14

As are continue our journey through Book 1 of the Psalter, Psalm 14 wrestles with the fatal flaw of fallen human nature. Stuart Holman leads this Daily Devotional as part of the Growing Disciples course.

The book of Psalms: Psalms 9 and 10

As we continue our journey through Book 1 of the Psalter, Psalms 9 and 10 work together to explore the problem of injustice in the face of God’s sovereignty.

The book of Psalms: Psalm 8

Fortunately, the first Book of the Psalms is not all gloom and agony. In the Psalm, the Psalmist calls the reader to stop and look up. Although humbled by the magnitude of creation, God’s majesty sustains his person– each person that is made in his image, dignified over all creatures.

The book of Psalms: Psalm 6

With God’s king introduced at the beginning of the book of Psalms, this sixth Psalm shows many of the characteristics of those collected in the first Book 1 of the Psalter. God’s king is seen to cry out to God for help, for vindication and protection, when surrounded by evil, and evil men.

The book of Psalms: Psalm 5

With God’s king introduced at the beginning of the book of Psalms, this fifth Psalm shows many of the characteristics of those collected in the first Book 1 of the Psalter. This is an intensely personal Psalm— one person crying out to God for help in the face of a crisis. It’s written in the first person– king David. David’s experience prepares us for that of God’s ultimate king, Jesus Christ.

The book of Psalms: Psalm 2

The book of Psalms is tied together at significant points by the twin themes of ‘wisdom’ and ‘the king’. The first Psalm was a ‘wisdom’ psalm, pointing out the way of The Blessed. This second Psalm introduces God’s king. He is a king who faces opposition from the rulers of the world. He is a king who invites his enemies to find refuge in him now, while they can. For there is no refuge from God’s ultimate rule, only in it.

The book of Psalms: Psalm 1

The book of Psalms seem to be arranged in some kind of liturgical order— although the exact logic has been lost. There are five divisions or five movements in the collection of 150 Psalms. In this series of daily devotionals, we’re going to immerse ourselves in Book 1— a book in which the Psalmist— very often David— is calling out to God for vindication. Many of these psalms show us God’s person in trouble, depending on God for deliverance, experiencing the tension between God’s sovereignty and their suffering.  We see that God has anointed his chosen king to rule, and yet the king experiences the injustice and the brokenness of this world. The Psalmist’s experience creates an ‘anti-type’ which prepares us for the earthly experience of God’s ultimate King, chosen to bring eternal salvation to God’s people.

The Songs of Ascent: Psalms 133-134

The Songs of Ascent are a collection within the book of Psalms designed for singing on the way to the Temple. They are pilgrim songs, expressing a yearning for God and a delight in his presence. Stuart Holman explores this series of Psalms against the back drop of a ‘COVID lockdown’, inviting a godly dissatisfaction with present circumstances to drive us towards intimacy with God.

The Songs of Ascent: Psalm 127

The Songs of Ascent are a collection within the book of Psalms designed for singing on the way to the Temple. They are pilgrim songs, expressing a yearning for God and a delight in his presence. Stuart Holman explores this series of Psalms against the back drop of a ‘COVID lockdown’, inviting a godly dissatisfaction with present circumstances to drive us towards intimacy with God.