Sermons on Psalm
Jesus is the Good Shepherd who voluntarily lays down his life for the sheep. This same shepherd provides for us by gathering us together and knowing us personally. He leads us through His word and keeps us safe and secure Him.
To worship God better we must know God and take up His character. Know that the Lord is God, know that He is good, gracious, steadfast in His love. He is truly worthy of thankful praise and devoted worship.
Psalm 119, the longest psalm, focuses on God’s word as the supremely valuable message from and about God that leads to blessedness. We are encouraged to pray through and meditate upon the scriptures, asking God to instruct us and to incline our hearts to obey.
People fear that they will not achieve success, that their needs and wants will be unmet. Some respond with worry, while others take up a lifestyle of greed or give up trying. But success in God’s economy comes through fidelity to Christ. As we experience God’s salvation and pledge ourselves to be used by God, we find true victory and success.
The fear of death, fear of failure, and the fear of others all affect how we live our lives, but the fear of the Lord overcomes all three. The fear of the Lord is a reverence and awe that comes from knowing God in an ever-increasing way and behaving in accordance with that knowledge. People in the Bible feared God when they witnessed His power in nature and as they experienced His wrath in the protection an purification of His people. When God demonstrates His holiness, we see our own unholiness. God’s message to mankind in sending His Son to die on our behalf is that the wrath of God must be satisfied. Look to God in reverence and trust in Christ to forgive you sins.
“Glory in his holy name”states the psalmist. The Hebrew word used here for glory means to boast in our connection and participation with the great and holy God. This connection with God should affect how we live each day. We are called to be more like Him empowered by the Holy Spirit and filled with joy in His service.
I will extol you, my God and King, and bless your name forever and ever. Every day I will bless you and praise your name forever and ever. Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised, and his greatness is unsearchable. One generation shall commend your works to another, and shall declare your mighty acts. On the glorious splendor of your majesty, and on your wondrous works, I will meditate. They shall speak of the might of your awesome…
Filling our hearts with God’s Word is the first step in living for the glory of God, because when we sin we fall short of His glory. Let the Bible be our only rule for faith and practice, and let it be stored in our hearts, readily available to guide our lives.
The writer of Psalm 130 does not take the mercy of God for granted. His heart is overwhelmed by a flood of guilt and sin before a holy God. Like the psalmist, we can find that God’s forgiveness is total and freely available today if we confess our sin and cry out to Him.
In Psalm 119:36-37, the psalmist prays, “Turn my heart toward your statues… Turn my eyes away from worthless things…” The psalmist was asking God to give him a desire to ponder deeply the truths of God’s word. Meditating on God’s word should be a daily practice that fits between reading God’s word and talking to God in prayer about what we have read. Meditation prepares us to pray and fuels our love for God and His truth.
Learning to Love and Live Truth. During the sermon he brings out three important aspects of the Bible: It is true, it is understandable, and it is valuable.
There are times when even a devout follower of God can feel abandoned by God. The writer of Psalm 42 and Psalm 43 feels spiritually overwhelmed. He is cut off from corporate worship and is taunted by those who despise God. He begins to preach to himself, “Hope in God…” reminding himself to put his confidence in God, his rock and salvation. As a deer pants for flowing streams, so pants my soul for you, O God. My soul thirsts…
Psalm 96 was written for the day of celebration when the Ark of the Covenant was returned to Jerusalem. David expresses exuberant joy that is based on the knowledge of God and repudiates the idols of the surrounding nations. He worships in awe and longs for others to become worshippers in the same way. When we give to the Lord, we acknowledge that all we have is already God’s, honor Him with exuberant joy, and give back to God for the sake of the nations.
In Psalm 145, David is resolved to live a praise saturated life every day. His praise is fueled by great thoughts about God. When we extol God, we elevate Him to a high place in our thinking and view Him as glorious. In response to God’s transcendence, David humbly praises God for His attributes and His acts.
A life of praise starts with knowing the God who is worthy of our praise. The Psalms are preoccupied with God and can teach us many truths about Him. As we read the Psalms, we should ask ourselves, “What does this psalm teach me about God?” In Psalm 100, we are told to worship the Lord with wholehearted joy, reverence, and gratitude.
Psalm 117 Praise the Lord, all nations! Extol him, all peoples! For great is his steadfast love toward us, and the faithfulness of the Lord endures forever. Praise the Lord! (ESV)
Psalm 119:97 Oh how I love your law! It is my meditation all the day. (ESV) Luke 10:38-42 As Jesus and the disciples continued on their way to Jerusalem they came to a village where a woman named Martha welcomed them into her home. Her sister Mary sat on the floor, listening to Jesus as he talked. But Martha was the jittery type and was worrying over the big dinner she was preparing. She came to Jesus and said, “Sir,…