Psalm 39

Samuel grew up and the Lord was with him and let no word of his fall to the ground [1].  Living in the sanctuary at Shiloh, guarding the Ark of the Covenant, completely dedicated to God’s service, nothing that Samuel did was without spiritual value.  Just as God’s own word always achieves what it intends [2] so the words and deeds of his servants are purposeful and productive.  When Hannah gives thanks for the birth of Samuel she says that the Lord is the God of knowledge and by...
Seeing Jesus coming towards him. John said, ‘Look there is the lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world’ [1].  The Lord approached John the Baptist and revealed himself as the lamb of God.  Christ comes near to us and enables us to recognise him as our saviour.  Seeing Jesus is a consequence of his coming towards those whom he empowers to recognise him. To be able to say ‘look there is the lamb of God’ is a gift from the one who transforms our thinking and our speaking....