Psalm 80, 18 Dec 2016

Note: Previous posts on this psalm (see index) were limited by a selective local music agenda for the day. This post broadens and integrates those comments for more general applicability. At South Woden this year, we decided that Psalm 80 would be displaced by other Advent readings and carols. Pity in a way, since coincidentally we celebrate two 80th birthdays on this … Continue reading Psalm 80, 18 Dec 2016

Psalm 131

Like most songs of Ascent, this is brief and to the point. Three verses extolling simplicity, honesty and humility, with a fourth calling for Israel, or the people of God, to wait in reverence. And as one of the songs of ascent (120 to 134), the poem is said to be one of pilgrimage (see also the comment on … Continue reading Psalm 131

Psalm 46

This is one of those short songs studded with some quite memorable lines, such as: God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in time of trouble (v.1) There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God (v.4) Be still then, and know that I am God (v.10) It also has … Continue reading Psalm 46

Psalm 20

Psalm 20 appears only once in the three years of the Lectionary -- and I probably missed it when it came up last year because we were in Berlin again. After a gracious prayer for safety and prosperity in time of trouble, the psalmist (this song is attributed to David) goes on to warn against … Continue reading Psalm 20