Psalm 149 – Call To Praise … And … 

Here’s a good Psalm to pay attention to carefully. 

Reasons to praise God? Sure, they are there and offer strong encouragement for the readers to remember how great God is and what He does for His people. It’s all going well and then … 

“Two-edged swords … execute vengeance … punishments … bind with fetters … judgment … ” One or two folks pick up words like that and get to thinking of bloodthirsty and violent religion again. Giving permission for folks to get happy putting people forcefully in their place. 

This misses the point of the Psalm. Misses it quite significantly. Honour on God’s people is for those who are keen to see put in action godly justice. Godly justice that deals with those who oppress others and give licence to iniquity and inequity subjecting others to misery. How this is done is always lead by God Himself. Indeed how this is practiced properly is always lead and shown by God. That’s why praise is the basis for activities of justice. 

Praise reminds us that we are subject to the ultimate authority who rules wisely and with fairness, especially to the meek and humble who put their trust in Him. That’s not a bloodthirsty solution, that’s a peacemaking practice in line with the Word of God. 

For His Name’s Sake 

Shalom 

C. L. J. Dryden 

Psalm 144 – For The Coming Peace 


I am a huge fan of this Psalm. 

Everything in this is building up to the glorious time of peace – real, true, lasting peace. Peace as evidenced by the removal of crime and the threat of evil. Peace as evidenced by the flourishing of the offspring and a fruitful and prosperous land wherein that offspring can flourish. The picture of peace depicted in itself is breathtaking. 

The means of reaching that peace is even more epic. In as much as the Psalmist is prepared for conflict, he knows the victory is only accomplished by God Himself establishing it. Peace that lasts and is meaningful comes when God intervenes to establish once and for all that it is not the wicked who prevail. It is not injustice that wins. It is not the greedy that are blessed. When He fights the battle, it is one that is thoroughly won not out of taking glory in violence, but in taking joy in the rule of a glorious God ushering true peace in our time. 

That’s something worth singing a new song about. 

For His Name’s Sake 

Shalom 

C. L. J. Dryden 

Psalm 133 – Brothers United

It is a beautiful thing to see. Brothers together in harmony. 

I love it when I see it. Brothers in a band making beautiful music that blesses others because they compliment each other so well. Brothers in a football team playing for each other as much without possession as with it, spurring each other onto victory. Brothers on a community project together impacting the lives of children, older people, the disengaged, the neglected, the powerless with practical help and support. 

Brothers on a mission together to do life together and be there for each other in every season of life. Not out for selfish ambition, but in it for mutual edification. Open to rebuke and compliment. Able to acknowledge their frailties and inconsistencies without condemnation or reprisal. 

That’s worthy of praising and advocating. It’s no wonder this kind of life in harmony is something God blesses. It’s Him all over. 

For His Name’s Sake 

Shalom 

C. L. J. Dryden 

Psalm 122 – Praying for the Peace

They called it the City of David. Were there an advisor at the time there might have been a suggestion to change its name to something glamorous like Davidopolis or Davidtown. You might think that’s a little silly, but why do you think there are places called Alexandria or Jamestown? 

Nope, they didn’t change its name, they kept it because it was fitting. As they made it the capital city it morphed into becoming a strategic religious centre. And it was all in the name – Jerusalem: City of Peace. 

No wonder, then, that the Psalmist was very keen to celebrate the place where dwelt the presence of the Lord in the Ark of the Covenant. Centuries later focus is still given to the city. Prayers are centred on it. Not just the temple, but the entire city because of its significance as the royal location for the Prince of Peace. It’s the place to be and so for all the inhabitants it is crucial that they are considered in their prayers. 

Yet if the thinking for reading the Psalm today is to just think about a city of peace geographically located in the Middle East that would miss an opportunity. What flows from the city of peace is the reality that right where we are we can experience that peace. The peace isn’t exclusively wrapped up in that land. It’s available for the living temples of the living God. We pray for the peace of Jerusalem and the cities of peace located wherever the community of Christ are located. We pray for the peace for their sake and the sake of the loved ones in those locale. 

We pray for the peace in the knowledge that when the King comes to rule it is a rule that will cover the earth. We pray for the peace in anticipation of the foretaste of the peace that can be experienced now preparing us for eternity of this peace. 

For His Name’s Sake 

Shalom 

C. L. J. Dryden 

Psalm 110 – We Need A… 

The Psalmist sees something. He sees someone. Someone he knows his audience needs. Not just a swashbuckling hero, not a muscle bound strongman. 

It requires a ruler who will exercise righteousness and justice. It requires a priest to meditate the peace. It requires a judge to dispel the wickedness and apply the cause for the marginalised. 

The Psalmist sees him. He celebrates the Father for him.

Do you see him? 

For His Name’s Sake 

Shalom 

C. L. J. Dryden 

Psalm 46 – Who Rules The World 

He makes wars cease to the end of the earth; he breaks the bow and shatters the spear; he burns the chariots with fire. (Psalms 46:9 ESV) 

Some think it’s money, some think it’s girls, some believe it belongs to the man. It’s thinking like that which gets folks up in arms looking to get their side to dominate. 

A reading of history is about the rise and fall of efforts to run  the joint. All in their own way a rejection of the true Sovereign  of the universe. In their own way it is their way of suggesting they should be in complete control. Efforts leading to skirmishes, turmoil and disarray. 

For those who know who the true Sovereign is, there is a hiding place, there is a city that won’t crumble as others go by the wayside. This place of safety is not a cocoon that leaves us unfeeling to what else is going on. It is a place to appreciate God for who He is and what He ushers in as we follow Him. Namely a rule where we will study war no more. 

For His Name’s Sake 

Shalom 

C. L. J. Dryden