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Review: Psalms Vol 2 by Shane & Shane 

I was driving to work recently and a song came up on my Amazon playlist simply entitled 'Psalm 46'.  The lyrics were strong and powerful, lifted from the bible and interpreted wonderfully in song.  The song reminded me that God has promised to defend and deliver His people - that He actively fights for us if we have trusted in Jesus and belong to His family by faith.  Whatever situation I find myself in I can be confident that God is with me, leading me and that there is no better or safer place to be found but in Him.  As I finished my commute I read through the Psalm and some context around it...  

Slide4At the time of writing Judah was under siege by the Assyrian army.  Surrounded on every side by brutal enemies intent to kill, destroy and overtake Gods people.  There was nothing that the King or their armies could do in their own strength but they prayed to God and trusted Him (2 Kings 18-19).  God defended His people miraculously and, overnight, struck down the enormous 185,000 strong Assyrian army (2 Kings 19:35).  Imagine the terror, awe and wonder the next morning when God's people wake a scene of desolation and strewn carcasses that signified a seemingly impossible victory, freedom and deliverance by the hand of God.  In this context the words of Psalm 46 ring out...

Come and see what the Lord has done, the desolations he has brought on the earth.  He makes wars cease to the ends of the earth.  He breaks the bow and shatters the spear; He burns the shields with fire.  He says, "Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth."  The Lord Almighty is with us; The God of Jacob is our fortress.

I have since immersed myself in the album Psalms Vol. 2 by Shane and Shane and have been encouraged, comforted and challenged by the songs of victory, songs of desperation, songs of deliverance, songs of repentance, songs of praise, songs of contentment, songs of wonder, of rest and reassurance in our Mighty God.  I have found myself committing to memory words from the Psalms and understanding them with a deeper connection.  I'd thoroughly recommend downloading or purchasing the album - especially as we spend a few weeks in Psalms together on Sunday mornings throughout the summer.  Why not take a look?

Steve Smith

Steve Smith, 09/08/2019