ON GUARD!

1 Contend, Lord, with those who contend with me; fight against those who fight against me.

Taking responsibility

I headed to Basecamp in June 2014 knowing only two of the twenty people joining me for the week. By the end of the week I had met and befriended everyone, many of whom I’ve met up with since at...

Indescribable

1 Sing joyfully to the Lord, you righteous; it is fitting for the upright to praise him.

Being a servant-hearted leader

At Basecamp at Kingscross on Arran I learned about how to become an SU camp leader. I wasn’t really sure what to expect from this experience. We settled in and were split into small groups that we would be in...

Shades of Grey

The world today is full of nice people who always try to do the right thing. At least, that’s the message that society would feed us. (Apart from bad people like murderers, terrorists and politicians, obviously.)

Joy comes in the morning

An appropriate psalm for the beginning of Holy Week. Weeping may stay for the night… Except that Jesus’ first followers couldn’t see that joy would come in the morning just two days later. They had given up everything for Jesus. Followed him for maybe three years. Seen the unexplainable. Heard the incredible. Hoped for the unimaginable. And now…? 

Ascribe greatness...

I like the word ascribe. It reminds me of modern worship songs in the 1980s!  Here’s its definition: 1. To regard as arising from a specified cause or source; 2. To regard as belonging to or produced by a specified agent, place, or time.

The heavens are brass

Sometimes it seems as if God is silent. We cry out to him for rescue, mercy, vindication… and the heavens seem impenetrable. It seems as if David is finding this in today’s psalm and I’m sure we can think of times in our own lives when we’ve wondered if God has heard us at all; whether his attention has wandered; whether he’s aware of the desperation we find ourselves in.

One thing

One thing I seek… God has been speaking to me a lot about having eyes only for him. The picture I have is of when you dance with someone. If you keep your eyes on theirs and let them take the lead (if you are the woman!), it works out much better than if you try and pushing your partner round the dance floor without any spoken or unspoken communication. 

Forgiven & free?

There are some pretty hefty claims in this psalm. I couldn’t write these words with all integrity, that’s for sure! And yet… because of Jesus’ blood, I can. Because I am clothed in white, covered by his blood. Forgiven, redeemed, purchased, restored. I am no longer guilty in his sight – even when I get it wrong. God looks on Jesus and pardons me. So where am I living? In the jail of shame or the freedom of forgiveness?

In you, O Lord, I put my trust

From the content, it would seem safe to assume that David is not in a happy place at the writing of this psalm. He is lonely and afflicted; troubled to his core. But that’s not where he starts. His starting point is, ‘In you, LORD my God, I put my trust.’ In other psalms we see him coming to this place after he has poured out his pain and frustration, but here the trust comes first.

10 days in Ukraine

This week our gap year team of Rachael Duff and Anna Strong are in Kiev visiting the SU Open Bible team in Ukraine. The team is being led by Colin Carmichael, our Regional Worker for the North Highlands, Western Isles and Orkney.