Sandyknowes Blog

Living beside the busiest roundabout in Northern Ireland gives plenty of opportunity for watching the world go by. Sandyknowes Blog is the personal blog of Niall Lockhart (minister of Ballyhenry). Pull in and have a read…

Read: Psalm 76 vs 1-12

The Bible tells the story of God’s dealings with His creation, quite literally from beginning to end. In that sense the span of the Bible is unimaginably big, starting with creation (Genesis 1:1) and ending with a ‘new creation’ (Revelation 21:1).

Read: Psalm 75 vs 1-10

Tunes stick in your head. We don’t have any record of the music that the Psalms were first sung to, however the names of some of the original tunes have been preserved in some of the Psalm titles. Psalm 75 is one of 4 Psalms that was written to be sung to a tune called ‘Do Not Destroy.’

Read: Psalm 74 vs 1-23 

Psalm 74 is one of thirteen Psalms described in the Bible as being ‘A maskil’. We’re not completely sure what these titles mean but it seems that a maskil was a contemplative song. These songs have a style where the writer not only thinks things through but brings things together and lays them out before God asking for His help and understanding.

Read: Psalm 73 vs 1-28

Psalm 73 was written by a person called ‘Asaph’. In the original Bible language (the Psalms were first written in Hebrew), the name Asaph means ‘a gatherer’. In this Psalm Asaph gathers together his experiences of life and of God.

Asaph’s starting point in verse 1 sees him express heartfelt trust in God:

‘Surely God is good to Israel, to those who are pure in heart.’