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 62 vs 1-12

How long? This is a question that very naturally comes to mind when we are in a difficult and ongoing situation. It’s a question that David is asking in today’s Psalm (vs 3). David’s in a situation where he feels ‘assaulted’ and ‘thrown down’ (vs 3). He pictures himself on a height, but a height from which it would be easy for him to be knocked down (vs 4).

Read: Psalm 61 vs 1-8

I was sorting through some photographs recently and came across a picture I had taken in Donaghadee. It was a picture of the lighthouse. On a bright and calm day a lighthouse can very easily be taken for granted. It’s something that’s always been there, something that’s familiar, something to maybe even take a picture of.

Read: Psalm 60 vs 1-12

There is much to learn in the life of faith. Indeed in both the Old and New Testaments the life of God’s people is described as a life of learning, learning as we follow. God’s people are always learners as they journey through the changing seasons of life on their way to God’s final place of promise and rest.

Read: Psalm 58 vs 1-11

The world of the Psalms was a very different world than we live in today. ‘Rulers’ whether of a tribe or nation were people who dominated the lives of ordinary people. Leaders were strong and the strongest leaders survived. 

The presence of ‘rulers’ provide a backdrop to the book of Psalms. From Psalm 2 (at the beginning) through to Psalm 148 (at the end) ‘rulers’ are a group of people who the Psalmists are aware of, who they thing about and who they pray about.