Our entrance into the Psalms begins with the word "blessed"! Only by listening to the Lord can we find a lasting happiness - a blessedness that will endure even after death. However, we will not be saved by our imperfect obedience to God's Word. Instead, we must trust in the Righteous One, Jesus Christ. He is the Saviour that God has provided and the one in whom we will find a happiness that lasts forever.
In Psalm 34, David writes about a time when he was a desperate man and in serious trouble. He recognises that God helped him and turned his life around, and so he invites others to trust God - to "taste and see that the Lord is good!"
On the Sunday morning when I'd planned to preach from Psalm 29 - a psalm about storms and floods - we experienced a tremendous storm and flooding! We still managed to meet together as a church, but were unable to make a recording of the message. Here, then, is a recording I made later at home, so the sound quality and atmosphere will be different to usual.
In this psalm, David recognises the character of God's voice witnessed in the natural world. The Lord speaks with authority, and thus He is able to give us guidance we can trust.
We recently had what we call a "song evening", a time when we gather together as a church to learn new songs. As it was a sunny day, we all sat outside in the garden, singing along to the accompanying guitar, ukelele and banjolele! One of the songs we learned was "Holy Father, Rich in Mercy" by Phil Moore and Colin Webster. It's a trinitarian song, giving praise to and seeking help from God as Father, Son and Holy Spirit.