Psalm 90 – One Way to Get The Help 


Worship is expressed in different ways. One of the things I am growing to appreciate about worship is how it should help us be a lot more reflective. This kind of Psalm helps with that process. It’s good to get a perspective on life from an eternal standpoint. Here the life of a human is nothing at all. Their span of influence is likely to be largely minimal in comparison to the vast nature of creation around them.

Recognising that and also knowing there is the one and true living God behind it all, should allow us to temper our prayer requests. WE shouldn’t be placing demands on Him as though He is a waiter longing to do what we please. Seeing how He sees animated pieces of dirt flounder without him in their feeble effort at life, should give us pause for thought. However sophisticated, civilised and modernised you might appear, it counts for nothing in the light of eternity.

Acknowledging that in worship then becomes a sobering and humble platform from which we can appear before God. This is not about fear and dread, this is about appreciating the basis on which we can approach Him when we need the help. That should, like one of the meekest men in history, spur us on to be meek and humble both before him and others so that in due season someone may be able to support those suffering who were at one point taunting and teasing those who are not in as good a position as them.

From this consideration of meekness and humility, we can then look to God to bless us, not for our own plans in our own way, but in pursuit of His will done His way. That should teach us to make the most of every day we’ve been given.

For His Name’s Sake

Shalom

C. L. J. Dryden

Psalm 89 – Light and Shade 

This Psalm was going really well. For the first two thirds if not three quarters here was another great anthem of praise to the greatness of God.

Then seemingly out of nowhere it goes switching into wondering why God has not followed up His greatness in the life of the Psalmist. By the end of the Psalm there is sufficient reason to be grateful to God. Yet the switch is still remarkable.

Praising God is something done at the beginning and end of the Psalm, but that remarkable switch expresses well how engaging with God is real relationship is about light and shade. Is about trust and questions why. It is about acknowledging God in all that He is and still querying the situtions you wallk through in life as you wait on Him to carry you through.

For His Name’s Sake

Shalom

C. L. J. Dryden

Psalm 88 – When Darkness Is All There Is 

It is one thing to come across a lament, but this Psalm in particular is relentless in its commitment to being morose. 

Sometimes the Psalm is read with an eye looking for the hit where the Psalmist looks up in hope to God, where remembering the goodness of God bursts through the darkness. 

None of that here. 

The description of the desperate straits the writer finds himself is grim. It’s grim, because sometimes that’s the way life can come across. In settings like that, there’s something about just honestly stating that to be the case. Even to the point where it feels as though all the grim things appear to be happening because of God. No point in keeping that to yourself to fester and poison whatever relationship you have left with God. Makes more sense to present that to Him. 

Faith is not about the absence of feeling or the thought that everything always has to be pleasant for the believer. Connecting with God is about the honesty available to say it when darkness is all there is. 

For His Name’s Sake 

Shalom 

C. L. J. Dryden 

Psalm 87 – City of God 

It’s interesting how many people invest a lot in a piece of land. Holding such national pride over a piece of land that was not even called that nation generations before. So many lives dedicated to a concept of a nation as if the nation was always in existence and will remain in existence forever. That view just simply isn’t the case. 

In this Psalm, the admiration given to Jerusalem is not primarily about the real estate. It’s not mainly about how David managed to bring it into being his centrepiece of rule. What establishes Zion as somewhere of great value is what God bestows on the place. Blessed by God, no place is ever ordinary. Beloved by God, no place can be casually neglected. Beautified by God, no place ever loses its special status in His eyes. Beheld by God, whatever and wherever God bestows a beautifying blessing like His beloved becomes something and somewhere to be treasured. 

The Psalmist here need not give a brochure approach to the place as if looking for someone to approve and visit. This is a celebration of what God has chosen to call His city. Even this is a foretaste of when heaven on earth is an eternal reality as we look up to the city coming from heaven – the New Jerusalem. 

For His Name’s Sake 

Shalom 

C. L. J. Dryden 

Psalm 86 – Position for Progress 

Humbling yourself before God is a great position for progress. In this position, your accolades, accomplishments and achievements mean nothing. What really matters is the One you approach. What matters is to make much of the One you call. As you make much of Him, so your position is ready to receive even as you call out to Him. 

You’re not putting God at ransom. You adjust your perspective to put everything in His hands for Him to rule as He sees fit. Your hope is for Him to consider your condition and express mercy for His sake. There is great confidence placed in Him. There is a meekness to the approach and it is marked by great humility. In that God is ready to show Himself strong on your behalf. 

The position means everything for progress. 

For His Name’s Sake 

Shalom 

C. L. J. Dryden 

Psalm 85 – You Did It Before… 

Asking God to do something that has never happened before is audacious. Asking God to do something He has done before should be rather more straightforward. 

This Psalm, however, still goes to show that approaching God to do something that He has done before is not something to take lightly. Here is a pleasant for God to bring back good days to His people. A plea for restoration. A plea based not on the worthiness of the people, but the character and power of God. 

Great things will indeed happen when God brings about restoration, but it won’t be solely for the benefit of the people. This will be for His own glory as others see this. 

For some of us it might be worth reading this Psalm carefully and looking at how such a plea could be apt for our individual and collective situations. 

For His Name’s Sake 

Shalom 

C. L. J. Dryden 

Psalm 84 – Be Where You Are

This Psalm hails the benefits of the house of the Lord. It’s a big deal. The Psalmist loves it. This is where the focus is for the life of those who love their God. 

Making the pilgrimage there to enjoy of the benefits there. It’s brilliant. 

It’s a pity though that people have made something similar today over going to a building on a certain day. Enjoying being where the Lord is today, need not be as limited and narrow at all. Enjoying being where the Lord is should be something we value even more today. 

For His Name’s Sake 

Shalom

C. L. J. Dryden