After offering a persuasive prayer for deliverance, David receives assurance that “the LORD hath heard the voice of my weeping. The LORD hath heard my supplication; the LORD will receive my prayer.”—Psalm 6:8,9. He was petitioning the Lord to release the divine judgment that had been administered through corrective discipline. It is a relief to the returning backslider that “whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth.” This consideration led me to frame the following hymn. [2 June 2012]
A suitable tune might be that composed by Winfield Weeden, usually sung to the hymn, “I Surrender All.”
The psalmist cries out in desperation, “O LORD, how long? Return, O LORD, deliver my soul: oh save me for thy mercies’ sake.”—Psalm 6:3,4. These are the words of David after he had been brought to a point of submission by the chastisement of God. Part of the Lord’s corrective discipline included a sense of His absence from David’s life. Thus, through the deprivation of God’s presence, he was made to thirst for the living waters. It was this experience in the life of a backslider that brought to mind the following lines. [2 June 2012]
Having completed nine expositional studies on Psalm 5, the following lines came to mind as I contemplated verses 11 and 12: “But let all those that put their trust in thee rejoice: let them ever shout for joy, because thou defendest them: let them also that love thy name be joyful in thee. For thou, LORD, wilt bless the righteous; with favour wilt thou compass him as with a shield.”
On the evening of the 8th of August 2011, I was joined by my brother Marc to stay the night in the church building for the purpose of protecting the facilities from theft, vandalism and arson. Between the 6th and 10th of August, widespread riots, arson and looting was carried out across England. Approximately 3,000 people were arrested, 3,443 crimes committed, five people died, at least 16 people injured and an estimated £200 million worth of property damage incurred.
While sitting in the church office and watching the live news feed, it occurred to me . . .