Much of David’s life saw him in tricky situations – some of them of his own making, some down to the sin of others. This Psalm seems to be set against such a backdrop – he starts by asking God for refuge. However, in this Psalm, he chooses not dwell on the things that are going wrong and coming against him, but rather on the goodness and faithfulness of God.
I had some interesting discussions with some young people over the summertime, who couldn’t get their heads around why God couldn’t just change the rules and let us off. We were talking about how, in our fallen state, we can’t come near to God in his holiness and perfection. Water and oil can’t mix. Light destroys dark.
What makes your eyes sparkle? What do you feel made to do? When do you feel God’s pleasure? The Westminster catechism states that ‘The chief end of man is to glorify God and enjoy him forever’. It sounds to me like a life lived along those lines might make your eyes sparkle!
Autumn is upon us, but we look back to a wonderful summer of celebration. Memories remain of glorious Glasgow sunshine and a successful Commonwealth Games. Many of us also have fantastic memories of church missions and holiday clubs. An initial 250 copies of SU Scotland's holiday club resource 'Fit for a King' quickly sold out, with over 400 copies finally being bought.
Experienced volunteers Eilidh and Andrew got married at the start of the summer. Did that stop them volunteering? Not at all! This summer was very exciting for us as a couple. Firstly, we got married! And a close second in terms of excitement levels were the God-given opportunities to join teams at three different SU Holidays between us. We did two together, with Andrew signing up at the last minute to do an extra one.
From my perspective as a leader I felt Strictly Deeper was well structured and had a good mix of content all of which helped the young people to focus on prayer. Having been along last year, I felt this year's programme had much more direction and purpose which actually gave the kids more confidence to participate.
When was the last time you felt alone? A sole believer in a sea of unbelieving hearts. Do you feel that you are constantly going against the flow – wouldn’t it be so much easier just to go with the current? Jesus is clear that following him isn’t the easy choice – it’s the narrow road and few find it, he says.