A faithful and reverent fear, Songs Of Hope, 29. Mar 2018
The concept of a judge tends to instigate fear by association. Yet this Psalm acclaims God’s judgement as being good and righteous. It divides mankind into two different classes and consequences: while the selfish and arrogant are due to be excluded in the Day of Judgement, the reverent believers will be exalted. Reflection on Psalm 75.
Zeal for your house has consumed me, Songs Of Hope, 22. Mar 2018
David testifies how his passion and faithfulness for the Lord seems overwhelming, like being caught in ‘floods of deep waters’. Furthermore, is the sense of reproach and sufferings he endured from his enemies as consequence of his active, living faith. This foreshadows the devotion and distress which Christ willingly suffered, by submitting His Life to grant us salvation everlasting. With the same hope and assurance which David declares, so may we abide faithfully to God and so to rise above our daily trials and despair.
Arise, O God, defend Your cause, Songs Of Hope, 22. Feb 2018
God is with His body of believers and at work when we hear is Word properly and urgently preached. In Baptism we witness His power to save us. In Holy Communion He pronounces His grace and forgiveness upon us. Reflection on Psalm 74.
Help me, O Lord my God, Songs Of Hope, 08. Feb 2018
As a powerful expression of distress and lament, David describes the suffering and critical state of His enemies who do not fear God. We all know the experience of troubles and despair, but David’s faithful response is to give himself to prayer to God. By investing our trust and confidence in God’s Love, we can relax knowing the security and safety He assures us, provided by salvation through Christ.
I will walk with integrity, Songs Of Hope, 01. Feb 2018
This psalm is full of declarations of honour and righteousness pledged by David. While he was a faithful and upstanding king, he still fell short being unable to keep these promises. The same is true in our own imperfections, since we are unable to adhere to the Law entirely. God granted David no end of strength and mercy in the midst of trials. It is only by the grace of Perfection in Christ, delivered to us through Baptism, we are washed clean of our errors and can still walk onwards.
What a friend we have in Jesus!, Songs Of Hope, 30. Nov 2017
Human relationships are tainted, but we know Jesus serves as our closest friend and support. God’s Love is eternal, unconditional, and undeserved; most evident in forgiveness. Reflection on Psalm 144.
The strength of the Lord, Songs Of Hope, 26. Oct 2017
God has given us the comfort of His promises that in all things He is with us and will never forsake us. Reflection on psalm 93.
Run to the flag for protection, Songs Of Hope, 07. Sep 2017
Where God finds it just to punish His rebellious people He also allows those who trust in Him to repent and be saved. Reflection on Psalm 60.
God reigns over all the earth, Songs Of Hope, 31. Aug 2017
Praise the Lord for His awesome power and might. In His great love and mercy God preserves the lives of those who believe in Him. Reflection on Psalm 97.
Helper of the helpless, Songs Of Hope, 24. Aug 2017
We are not without help. God uses our sufferings to lead us closer to Him. He knows and delivers those who call upon Him for help. Reflection on Psalm 22.
Fallen from grace?, Songs Of Hope, 29. Jun 2017
God’s grace doesn’t extend only to those who seem to have it all together. God’s grace is bigger, better and infinitely more forgiving than any human standard of grace. Reflection on Psalm 28.
Trust that grants comfort and peace, Songs Of Hope, 22. Jun 2017
As mountains cannot be moved neither can God be moved by any evil doer. He abides with His people surrounding them with His love, mercy and grace. Reflection on Psalm 125.
Grace and peace be upon you!, Songs Of Hope, 15. Jun 2017
The Lord is always there when you call for help. Entrust your safety to Him who defends you from the attacks of the evil one. Reflection on Psalm 140.
Be gracious to me, O God!, Songs Of Hope, 11. May 2017
Distressed over many things? Take pause and let God’s words of comfort wash over you. His grace and mercy are upon us. Reflection on Psalm 56.
The Lord upholds my life, Songs Of Hope, 04. May 2017
Don’t give fear free reign. Trust God. Reflection on Psalm 54
Why, O God, do you let us suffer by the hand of our enemies?, Songs Of Hope, 27. Apr 2017
Martin Luther wrote that “this Psalm is the sighing of the spirit. It rebukes the flesh, which murmurs against God that it is judged unrighteous and is so poorly governed, according to reason, that the godly, who ought to be helped, are allowed to suffer and the evil, who ought to be punished are elevated”. But God does not sleep on the job. Reflection on Psalm 44.
God uses all things for our benefit, Songs Of Hope, 20. Apr 2017
God is mighty to save us from all sorrows. Devotion on Psalm 129.
Come, bless the Lord!, Songs Of Hope, 13. Apr 2017
Bless the Lord! For the Lord blesses us by the continual ministry of His church through Word and Sacrament. Devotion on Psalm 134.
The foolishness of atheism, Songs Of Hope, 06. Apr 2017
Focus not on how you see God but how God sees you through Jesus. Devotion on Psalm 14.
The Kings of kings, Songs Of Hope, 23. Mar 2017
Burdened by all sorts of problems? Trust the King of kings. He is a righteous ruler, a merciful God and a faithful Father. Devotion on Psalm 47.
The blessing of the LORD be upon you, Songs Of Hope, 02. Mar 2017
The Lord delights in the prayers of His loved ones, even when they are angry at the world. The Lord is victorious over our worst enemies – sin, death and the devil. Devotion on Psalm 129.
Give thanks and praise to the Lord, Songs Of Hope, 23. Feb 2017
The Lord we serve is a powerful and compassionate God. He is slow to anger, quick to forgive, abounding in steadfast love and always providing what we truly need. God is with us always whether we deserve it or not. Devotion on Psalm 105
God’s Word remains relevant and essential to peaceful living, Songs Of Hope, 09. Feb 2017
The joy of the Lord – our salvation through the works of Christ – will endure through all times and places and has already overcome the power of death and hell. Reflection on Psalm 108.
It is good to sing praises to God, Songs Of Hope, 02. Feb 2017
The Lord takes pleasure in those who hope in His steadfast love. Reflection on Psalm 147.
Lord, save us Lord from lying lips, Songs Of Hope, 12. Jan 2017
Turn to the God of truth in prayer, not only in times of distress but always. He is our peace and in Him there is no deceit. Reflection on Psalm 120.
The Christmas Psalm, Songs Of Hope, 29. Dec 2016
Jesus Christ came into the world to save us all from sin. Listen to Denise Seaman’s devotion on Psalm 98.
Repent and believe!, Songs Of Hope, 22. Dec 2016
This season reminds us of our great need to repent from our sinful lives and to remember the works of Almighty God who through His Word enlightens our days with the certain hope of His forgiveness. Reflection on Psalm 78.
Hear the story, share the glory!, Songs Of Hope, 15. Dec 2016
Celebrate the coming of our King with joyful praise at the amazing birth of our Lord and Saviour. Reflection on Psalm 47
Sing to the Lord a new song!, Songs Of Hope, 08. Dec 2016
It's so easy to get caught up in the way of the world, singing those old same songs of jealousy and envy, whistling the tired old tunes of greed, arrogance and pride, recklessly chasing after false gods of all kinds. But the one true God wants us to know Him now. He desires our prayers and He delights in our new song of praise and thanksgiving. Reflection on Psalm 96.
Keep your eyes on Jesus. God has not hidden His face from us., Songs Of Hope, 01. Dec 2016
At the beginning of a new Church Year we are reminded that Christ is surely coming just as He promised. He is not coming for the prideful, haughty or pompous but for the sinful, downtrodden, miserable and broken. He is coming for you.
Give thanks to the Lord for He is good!, Songs Of Hope, 24. Nov 2016
The refrain of the grateful Christian who has been rescued from sin and death. Reflection on Psalm 136.
Hidden in the shadow of Christ, Songs Of Hope, 17. Nov 2016
Life in the shadow of Christ keeps us from the grasp of the evil one. It renews our spiritual – and often physical – life so that we are strong enough to go into the world secure in the knowledge of God’s overwhelming love for us, which serves to strengthen us for the battles yet to come.
Rejoice in the Lord's strength, Songs Of Hope, 01. Sep 2016
The kingdom of God provides for our every need now and in eternity
Tremble at the presence of the Lord and His mighty deeds, Songs Of Hope, 25. Aug 2016
The Lord is present in His Word and Sacraments