Psalm 100

A short Psalm packed with reasons to be thankful to God!  Also packed with more forensic evidence of God’s attributes and identity!

Shout with joy to the Lord, all the earth!

#200 – God is Communicable (and receives our worship)

#201 – God’s Reign Extends far beyond Israel!

Worship the Lord with gladness. Come before Him, singing with joy.

#202 – God is a Source of Delight and Contentment!

#203 – God Invites us to Come Near and Serve Him with Worship!


Acknowledge that the Lord is God! He made us, and we are His. We are His people, the sheep of His pasture.

#204 – God is Proprietor of All!  God Owns it All!

Fredrick Brotherton Meyer (1847-1929), the Baptist pastor and English evangelist noted, 

“The sense of God’s proprietorship is the true basis of our consecration. We must realize His rights over us before we can freely give Him His due. Those rights are manifold in their sweet reasonableness; but amongst them all, this of creation is one of the chief. God has a right to us because He has made us.” 

#205 – God is Our Creator!

#206 – God is a Great Shepherd!

Enter His gates with thanksgiving; go into His courts with praise. Give thanks to Him and praise His name.

#207 – God is Approachable!

#208 – God Invites  a Whole Community to Come and Worship Him!

For the Lord is good. His unfailing love continues forever, and His faithfulness continues to each generation.

#209 – God is Not Selfish or Capricious!

#210 – God is Always Good!

#211 – God’s Love is Unshakable!

#212 – God’s Mercy & Faithfulness Have No End

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Psalm 99

British Old Testament scholar, Frank Derek Kidner (1913-2008) introduces our chapter today with these words, “Here, after the carefree delight of Psalm 98, we recollect how exalted and holy He is, and how profound is the reverence we owe Him.”

The Lord is king! Let the nations tremble! He sits on His throne between the cherubim. Let the whole earth quake!

Derek Kidner goes on to say, “His living throne of cherubim – not the weaponless cupids of religious art but the mighty beings whose forms summed up for Ezekiel the whole kingdom of earthly creatures – this living throne is a flying chariot, fiery with judgment and salvation.”

#175 – God is King!

#176 – God Exists in a Cosmic World Beyond Our Own!

#177 – God Makes the Earth Look Puny & Quake in His Presence!

TheLordsits in majesty in Jerusalem, exalted above all the nations.

#178 – God is also Close By and on Earth!

#179 – God is Greater than All the Nations!

Let them praise Your great and awesome name. Your name is holy!

#180 – God’s Name is Great & Awesome!

#181 – God’s Name is Holy!

Mighty King, lover of justice, You have established fairness. You have acted with justice and righteousness throughout Israel.

#182 – God is a Mighty King

#183 – God is in Love with Justice!

#184 –  God is the Author of Fairness!

#185 – God’s Actions are Fuelled by Justice & Righteousness!

Exalt theLordour God! Bow low before His feet, for He is holy!

#186 – God is Worthy of the Highest Place of Honour!

#187 – God’s Existence Demands All to Bow Before Him!

#188 – God is Holy!

Moses and Aaron were among His priests; Samuel also called on His name. They cried to the Lord for help, and He answered them.

#189 – God is Knowable and Relational!

#190 – God Listens to People’s Prayers!

#191 – God Helps those Who Pray to Him!

He spoke to Israel from the pillar of cloud, and they followed the laws and decrees He gave them.

#192 – God Speaks to People!

#193 – God Gives Laws and Regulations!

O Lord our God, You answered them. You were a forgiving God to them, but You punished them when they went wrong.

#194 – God Answers Prayers!

#195 – God Forgives!

#196 – God also Disciplines!

Exalt the Lord our God, and worship at His holy mountain in Jerusalem, for the Lord our God is holy!

#197 – God is Exalted Above All!

#198 – God is Close & Present!

#199 – God is unlike anyone in His Purity & ‘Otherness’!

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Psalm 98

Another day!  So much more evidence of God’s identity and attributes!

Sing a new song to the Lord, for He has done wonderful deeds. His right hand has won a mighty victory; His holy arm has shown his saving power!

#161 – God is Worthy of Song Written for Him (victorious / famous)

#162 – God Wins Victories Easily (with just His ‘right hand’)

#163 – God Is a King Involved in the Fight

The Lord has announced His victory and has revealed His righteousness to every nation!

#164 – God is Victorious

#165 – God is Full of Virtue & is Blameless

He has remembered His promise to love and be faithful to Israel. The ends of the earth have seen the victory of our God.

#166 – God is Personal – Loving and Faithful

#167 – God has Enemies (to battle against)

#168 – God is Triumphant & Successful

Shout to the Lord, all the earth; break out in praise and sing for joy!

#169 – God doesn’t deserve dreary, dead, somber songs!

Sing your praise to the Lord with the harp, with the harp and melodious song,

#170 – God is worthy of a band deserving of a King’s triumphal entry!

with trumpets and the sound of the ram’s horn. Make a joyful symphony before the Lord, the King!

#171 – God is an All Encompassing Focus for the Best Music that Humans can Produce!

Let the sea and everything in it shout His praise! Let the earth and all living things join in.

#172 – God Commands Praise from every Living and Inanimate Object

The fiery UK pastor Charles Spurgeon, (1834-1892) said, “These appeals to nature in her great departments – of the sea in its mighty amplitude, and the earth with its floods and hills – form, not a warrant, but a call on Christian ministers to recognise God more in their prayers and sermons as the God of Creation, instead of restricting themselves so exclusively to the peculiar doctrines of Christianity. Do the one, and not leave the other undone.”

Let the rivers clap their hands in glee! Let the hills sing out their songs of joy

#173 – God Invites All Creation to Join in Enjoying His Victory

before the Lord, for He is coming to judge the earth. He will judge the world with justice, and the nations with fairness.

#174 – God is Judge over all the Earth

American Reformed theologian, James Montgomery Boice (1938-2000) noted, “I think of the way C. S. Lewis developed this idea in The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. In the first section of that book, when Narnia was under the power of the wicked Witch of the North, the land was in a state of perpetual winter. Spring never came. But when Aslan rose from the dead the ice began to melt, flowers bloomed, and the trees turned green. It is poetical writing, but it describes something that will happen. The rivers will indeed clap their hands. The mountains will indeed sing. And we will all join in.” 

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Psalm 97

Most of us would be familiar with one royal family: the one that lives at Buckingham Palace!  However, today, there are at least 25 other royal families scattered around the globe!  These kings may not fit the typical mold, but they are royalty in their countries.  For instance, King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden…

…and King Letsie III of Lesotho…

…and King Felipe VI of Spain…

…and there are many more!

However, in our chapter today, we learn more about the ‘King of Kings’!

The Lord is king! Let the earth rejoice! Let the farthest coastlands be glad.

#143 – God is King! (sovereign / ruler over all)

#144 – God is King of the Whole Earth!

Dark clouds surround Him. Righteousness and justice are the foundation of His throne.

#145 – God is Unapproachable! (like on Mt Sinai – dark cloudes)

#146 – God is Supreme Righteousness

#147 – God is Supreme Justice

Fire spreads ahead of Him and burns up all His foes.

#148 – God is Irresistible but Devouring (much like the sun)

His lightning flashes out across the world. The earth sees and trembles.

#149 – God is Terrifying in Scope and Energy

The mountains melt like wax before the Lord, before the Lord of all the earth.

#150 – God’s Presence is Consuming

The heavens proclaim His righteousness; every nation sees His glory.

#151 – God’s Righteousness is Famous through the Universe

#152 – God’s Reign is Global

Those who worship idols are disgraced—all who brag about their worthless gods—for every god must bow to Him.

#153 – God’s Kingly Reign Demands Homage (note: I find this interesting.  In the past we have wrestled with the meaning of ‘every knee shall bow’.  Some would take that to mean that ‘all will be saved and will eventually worship God in heaven’.  I’ve always understood that to mean ‘Oh!  All will indeed bow!  If not in this life…in the next!  But not because they are in love with Jesus and have been converted! Simply because they are forced to acknowledge what is true and real!’   In this verse we have an interesting reference to ‘all will bow’, but this time it is that ‘every god must bow before Him’!   The Scottish preacher and scholar, Alexander Maclaren (1826-1910), noted, “So the gods themselves are summoned to fall down before this triumphant Jehovah, as Dagon did before the Ark.”  I certainly don’t mean to re-ignite the debate over universalism, but simply wanted to note an interesting verse we stumbled on today.

Jerusalemhas heard and rejoiced, and all the towns of Judah are glad because of Your justice, O Lord!

#154 – God is Just

For you, OLord, are supreme over all the earth; You are exalted far above all gods.

#155 – God is Supreme!

#156 – God is High-Ranking above All Gods!

10 You who love the Lord, hate evil! He protects the lives of His godly people and rescues them from the power of the wicked.

#157 – God is Protector!

#158 – God is Rescuer!

12 May all who are godly rejoice in the Lord and praise His holy name!

#159 – God is Worthy of All our Praise!

#160 – God is Holy

What stands out to me personally from this Psalm today is God’s Sovereign Reign as King!

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Psalm 96

Everyday our world is recognizing the remarkable individuals that are considered the greatest in their field!   There is no greater honour, for being the greatest, than landing in the Guinness World Book of Records!

For instance, Kim Goodman is the ‘greatest eyeball popper’ in the world!

She can force her eyes to protrude by 12mm beyond her eye sockets!  She’s the greatest!

Happie the goat holds the world record for being the goat who has skateboarded the furthest distance!

Happie skated 36 m in 25 seconds!  Happie is the greatest!

Meanwhile, Aaron ‘Wheelz’ Fotheringham, a professional wheelchair motocross athlete successfully landed a mind-blowing 21.35m (70’)  wheelchair jump in 2018!   Aaron is the greatest!

Well, our Psalm this morning is one of the Bible’s tributes to The Greatest!  Our God is The Greatest-Greatest of (literally) all-time!

So, let’s continue our ‘forensic linguistic’ study and collect more evidence as we move through this Psalm!

Sing a new song to the Lord! Let the whole earth sing to the Lord!

#119 – God is Universally (Globally) Worthy of All Praise!

Sing to the Lord; praise His name. Each day proclaim the good news that He saves.

#120 – God receives Praise

#121 – God hears Songs & Praise!

#122 – God is the Source of Good News!

#123 – God Saves People!

Publish His glorious deeds among the nations. Tell everyone about the amazing things He does.

#124 – God is Activistic!

#125 – God is Productive!

Great is the Lord! He is most worthy of praise! He is to be feared above all gods.

#126 – God is the Greatest!

#127 – God is Like a 2 million volt power line! 

The gods of other nations are mere idols, but the Lord made the heavens!

#128 – God is NOT Dead or Unable!

#129 – God Generated the Universe!

Honour and majesty surround Him; strength and beauty fill His sanctuary.

#130 – God Radiates Honour, Majesty, Strength and Beauty!

O nations of the world, recognize the Lord; recognize that the Lord is glorious and strong.

#131 – God is Recognizable / Observable!

#132 – God is Radiantly Magnificent!

#133 – God is Unmatched in His Strength!

Give to the Lord the glory He deserves! Bring your offering and come into His courts.

#134 – God is Worthy of All Worship

#135 – God Bridges the Gap Between Tangible and Spiritual

Worship the Lord in all His holy splendour. Let all the earth tremble before Him.

#136 – God Possesses the Most Magnificent Grandeur 

#137 – God is the Singularly Most Powerful Force in the Universe

10 Tell all the nations, “The Lord reigns!” The world stands firm and cannot be shaken. He will judge all peoples fairly.

#138 – God Reigns Over All!

#139 – God is a Fair Judge!

11 Let the heavens be glad, and the earth rejoice! Let the sea and everything in it shout His praise!

#140 – God Commands Praise from His Creation!

13 before the Lord, for He is coming! He is coming to judge the earth. He will judge the world with justice, and the nations with his truth.

#141 – God Isn’t Done With the Earth and it’s People Yet!

#142 – God is the Greatest!

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Psalm 95

Wow!  Have we stumbled on a pile of evidence in the first 7 Psalms of this month’s reading (Psalm 89-95 so far!)

God has revealed so much about Himself and the Bible is chalk-full of names, descriptions, titles and attributes!

Picking up our collection of evidence… 

V1 …Let us shout joyfully to the Rock of our salvation.

#101 – God is our Mainstay!  God is Stalwart!

#102 – God is Escape & Deliverance!

V2 Let us come to Him with thanksgiving. Let us sing psalms of praise to Him.

#103 – God is Approachable

#104 – God is Worthy of our Worship

V3 For the Lord is a great God, a great King above all gods.

#105 – God is Prodigious!

#106 – God is the King of all ‘gods’!

V4 He holds in His hands the depths of the earth and the mightiest mountains.

#107 – God is Unfathomably Strong and Large!

V5 The sea belongs to Him, for He made it. His hands formed the dry land, too.

#108 – God owns the Sea!

#109 – God made the Sea!

#110 – God formed the Earth!

V6 Let us kneel before the Lord our maker,

#111 – God is Our Maker!

#112 – God is a Designer of the Magnificent!

V7  for He is our God. We are the people He watches over, the flock under His care. If only you would listen to His voice today!

#113 – God is Watchful, Protective and Caring!

#114 – God is a Shepherd!

#115 – God has a Voice!

V9 For there your ancestors tested and tried My patience, even though they saw everything I did.

#116 – God is Patient 

V10 For forty years I was angry with them…

#117 – God is capable of Anger!

V11 So in my anger I took an oath: ‘They will never enter My place of rest.’”

#118 – God has Reason!

We have Leonardo DaVinci’s sketches and ‘designs’…

…discovering what God had created, but of all the attributes today, #112 God is a Designer of the Magnificent, makes me wish we could see God’s original design-sketches!   How fun…mind-blowing…energized and stunning that moment of design / creation must have been!

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Psalm 94

Although the term ‘destroyer’ sounds scary and could be interchanged with ‘killer’ or ‘demolisher’, in the navy, it means a fast, agile, heavily-armed ship that is out to destroy threatening torpedo boats.

In our chapter today, God’s ‘vengeance’ (v1) and ‘destroyer’ qualities (v23) are highlighted, but very much in the sense of destroying the enemies weapons that threaten God’s people and stand opposed to God’s rule!

We’re picking up our running evidence catalogue at #79 with this chapter.  Each day I’m simply working through the text to register every bit of evidence that points to God’s attributes and identity, even if it was repeated from a previous chapter.

V1 O Lord, the God of vengeance, O God of vengeance, let your glorious justice shine forth!

#79 – God is a God of Punishment (‘doing justice to all parties as is fitting their sin’)

#80 – God’s Justice Shines (is true and radiant)

V2 Arise, O Judge of the earth.   

#81 – God is Lawgiver and Judge

V7“The Lord isn’t looking,” they say, “and besides, the God of Israel doesn’t care.” Think again, you fools!

#82 – God is a God who Sees

#83 – God is a God who Cares

V9 Is He deaf—the one who made your ears?  Is He blind—the one who formed your eyes?

#84 – God is Not Deaf

#85 – God is Not Blind

V10 He punishes the nations—won’t He also punish you? He knows everything—doesn’t He also know what you are doing?

#86 – God Acts on His Judgements 

#87 – God is Omniscient (knowing all)

V11 The Lord knows people’s thoughts; He knows they are worthless!

#88 – God is a ‘Mind-reader’

V12 Joyful are those You discipline, Lord, those You teach with Your instructions.

#89 – God is a Discipliner

#90 – God is a Teacher

V13 You give them relief from troubled times

#91 – God is Close and Helpful to the Troubled

V14 The Lord will not reject His people; He will not abandon His special possession.

#92 – God is a Promise Keeper

V17 Unless the Lord had helped me, I would soon have settled in the silence of the grave.

#93 – God is a Helper

V18 I cried out, “I am slipping!” but Your unfailing love, O Lord, supported me.

#94 – God Hears our Cries for Help

#95 – God’s Love will Never Slip (it has a tight grip)

V19 When doubts filled my mind, Your comfort gave me renewed hope and cheer.

#96 – God is a Comforter

#97 God is a Restorer (of hope and cheer)

V22 But theLordis my fortress; my God is the mighty rock where I hide.

#98 – God is a Bulwark (a castle-fortress)

#99 – God is a Massive Rock (solid, immoveable, impenetrable)

V23 God will turn the sins of evil people back on them. He will destroy them for their sins. The Lord our God will destroy them.

#100 – God is Utterly Opposed to Sin and is a Destroyer

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Psalm 93

Good morning and welcome to a shorter chapter, but one packed with evidence of God’s identity!

V1 The Lord is king! He is robed in majesty. Indeed, the Lord is robed in majesty and armed with strength. The world stands firm and cannot be shaken.

#71 – God is King!

#72 – God is surrounded by Majesty (‘a rising up / a swelling / glory / splendour) 

#73 – God is Strong!

V2 Your throne, O Lord, has stood from time immemorial. You yourself are from the everlasting past.

#74 – God has ruled forever!  Forever past!  Forever future!

V4 But mightier than the violent raging of the seas, mightier than the breakers on the shore the Lord above is mightier than these!

#75 – God is stronger than anything in His creation!

V5 Your royal laws cannot be changed. Your reign, O Lord, is holy forever and ever.

#76 – God’s Royal Testimonies & Declarations are Unquestionable!

#77 – God is Holy!

#78 – God is Eternal!

The one that sings in my soul this morning is #76 God’s Royal Testimonies & Declarations are Unquestionable!   

While people lie, avoid the truth and try to convince the jury of their innocence…God’s testimony is truth!  While people question God’s existence, violate God’s established laws, turn their nose up at God’s authority…in the end, it is God’s Royal Testimony and Declarations that are supreme and unquestionable!

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Psalm 92

So, yesterday I managed to take my metal detector out to the back of our property, down by the river and search for treasures!  (It’s more challenging than you might think!)  Well, I didn’t find any valuable coins or jewellery, but I did find a very large, metal, antique bed or couch leg!

This morning, I’m off in search of attributes of God from Psalm 92!

Through this month I’m cataloguing every piece of evidence, even if it’s a repeat from a previous Psalm.

V1  …to sing praises to the Most High.

#65 – God is Elevated Above All

V2It is good to proclaim your unfailing love in the morning,    your faithfulness in the evening,

#66 – God has Constant and Unshakable Love

#67 – God is True to His Word and Character

V4 You thrill me, Lord, with all you have done for me!    I sing for joy because of what you have done.

#68 – God is Working Close to Me

#69 – God is Tactile and Demonstrative

V5 O Lord, what great works you do!  And how deep are your thoughts.

#70 – God is Productive

#71 – God’s Thoughts are Bottomless

V8 But you, O Lord, will be exalted forever.

#72 – God’s Existence is Continual

V9 Your enemies, Lord, will surely perish…

#73 – God has Enemies who are against Him

V10 But you have made me as strong as a wild ox.

#74 – God infuses us with Strength (He is Effectual)

V13 For they are transplanted to the Lord’s own house.    They flourish in the courts of our God.

#75 – God has Essence & Fills a Space

V15 They will declare, “The Lord is just! He is my rock! There is no evil in Him!”

#76 – God is Impartial, Objective and Fair

#77 – God is Solid and Trustworthy (Safe & Substantial)

#78 – God is Perfect & Without Malice or Fault

If I had to pick some that resonates and stir my spirit this morning, it would probably have to be #68, 69 # 70!

#68 – God is Working Close to Me

#69 – God is Tactile and Demonstrative

#70 – God is Productive

Our God isn’t just sitting on a throne, soaking in worship and ruling from a distance!  The Psalmist declares, by the inspiration and unction of the Holy Spirit, God is a God of Productivity!  He gets the job done!  He reaches out and makes things happen!  Our God comes close, ‘get’s His hands dirty’, and partners with us in this thing called life!   He expresses His character and attributes through His labour!

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Psalm 91

Welcome to another day of investigation in the case of ‘Who is God?’

Today, I’m continuing my personal investigation by cataloguing each piece of evidence, even if the evidence is repeat!  I’m challenging you to do the same before you read the blog and then compare notes!

V1 Those who live in the shelter of the Most High will find rest in the shadow of the Almighty.

#40 – God is our Shelter – also translated ‘secret place’ / ‘hiding place’

#41 – God is Most High – supreme / angel-prince

#42 – God is Almighty – most powerful without equal

V2 …He alone is my refuge, my place of safety; He is my God, and I trust Him.

#43 – Unique / Solitary

#44 – My Harbour / My Protection

#45 – Personally Relatable

#46 – Fully Trustworthy

V3  For he will rescue you from every trap and protect you from deadly disease.

#47 – Rescuer

#48 – Protector

V4  He will cover you with His feathers.  He will shelter you with his wings. His faithful promises are your armour and protection.

#49 – Likened to a mother hen gathering and protecting her chicks with her own life

#50 – Promise Keeper

#51 – My Covering & Fortification

V9 If you make the Lord your refuge, if you make the Most High your shelter…

#52 – Personal & Tangible Safe-Haven

#53 – Supreme Being

V11 For He will order His angels to protect you wherever you go.

#54 – Commander of an Angel-Army

#55 – A Guardian / An Armament 

V14 – TheLordsays, “I will rescue those who love me. I will protect those who trust in my name.

#56 – Rescuer

#57 – Personality – love-able

#58 – My Shield

#59 – Trustworthy

V15  When they call on me, I will answer; I will be with them in trouble. I will rescue and honour them.

#60 – Ability to Listen

#60 – Willing to Respond

#61 – Source of comfort, rescue and honour

V16 I will reward them with a long life and give them My salvation.

#62 – One who hands our rewards

#63 – Gift-Giver

#64 – Saviour

The one that stands out most for me this morning is #51…Fortification!

He is my covering!  He is my fortification!  He is my protection!  He is the high, thick, strong, stubborn, impenetrable stone fortress that surrounds me!

So, what did you discover and what stood out most to you today?

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