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“The Lord is my shepherd, I have everything I need”, Psalm 23: 1
The Psalms are filled with the whole range of human emotion and experience. One hundred and fifty songs or poems, many attributed to David the shepherd boy turned king, bring to us words of comfort, words of lament, words of praise, words of wonder, words of frustration, words of joy, words of advice, guidance, prayer, gratitude, anger, peace and so much more.
Is there a Bible by your bedside, on your bookshelf, in daily use or in need of a dust down? Pick it up, open it right in the middle and you’ll probably be in the Psalms. If you find yourself at Esther or Job you need to move forward a bit; Proverbs or Ecclesiastes move back a bit! There, in the Psalms, let your eyes wander, your mind wonder and your soul be nourished by ancient, yet ever relevant, words.
‘We put our hope in the LORD; he is our protector and our help. We are glad because of him; we trust in his holy name.’
‘May your constant love be with us, LORD, as we put our hope in you.’ (Psalm 33: 20-22)
May you know God’s comforting presence and peace in whatever of life’s varied tapestry you are experiencing.
Reverend Donald McCorkindale
Strontian, Ardgour and Morvern Parishes, Church of Scotland.