[This is the manuscript to a sermon I preached a couple of years ago and forgot all about.] Exposition of Psalm 8 Psalm 8 begins with praise. It starts off talking to God, and that’s something to like about the Psalms. While we need all kinds of stuff in Scripture, the Psalms are really beneficial … Continue reading "The Mystery of Man Exalted"
I preached last night. I don’t have a recording, but I do have an outline, along with a slideshow and notes pages. Intro Just finished VBS Glad to see fruit (not just pie in the face or reptile pictures) Thinking about the praises Thinking about the purpose Connects to a great Psalm We must call … Continue reading "Psalm 96 Sermon Outline"
A brief new series of mine: Psalm 23. It’s just a little devotional series, designed to be used precisely as that: a devotional. In particular, this shall be a weekly one, taking the psalm one line at a time. The Lord is my shepherd Psalm 23 starts off with a familiar and beloved beginning. God, … Continue reading "Psalm 23: The Lord Is My Shepherd"
Why do the nations rebel and the peoples plot in vain? The kings of the earth take their stand, and the rulers conspire together against the LORD and His Anointed One: “Let us tear off their chains and free ourselves from their restraints.” The One enthroned in heaven laughs; the Lord ridicules them. Then He … Continue reading "Using Psalms: Psalm 2 and the Sovereign Son"
Time for the second entry in my Using Psalms series. If you missed the first, you can find it here. Today I’ll be looking at Psalm 84, a psalm probably meant to be sung during pilgrimages to the Temple in Jerusalem. I wanted to look at it to highlight a certain interesting theme involving Jesus and … Continue reading "Using Psalms: Psalm 84 and Jesus as Our Temple"
This is the first post in a new, ongoing series of mine, Using Psalms. The psalms have been given to us as a way of prayer and worship from God. Jesus Himself prayed, sang, and memorized these songs growing up as a Jew. They were part of God’s means of preparing Israel to give birth to … Continue reading "Using Psalms: Psalm 132 and God's Promise in Christ"
The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands. Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they reveal knowledge. They have no speech, they use no words; no sound is heard from them. Yet their voice goes out into all the earth, their words to the … Continue reading "I Feel Robbed of the Psalms"
The Bible is loaded with violence. I mean, seriously, if the entire Bible were made into movies, quite a number of them would be rated R for violence alone. Now, most of the violence is Scripture isn’t something that we must concern ourselves with, as it is simply a historical description of stuff that happened. Some is more difficult … Continue reading "Smite Mine Enemies: Applying Violent Psalms"