This week we start a new sermon series in the Psalms. The Psalms are fascinating! The Psalms often poetically express many of our deepest feelings, thoughts and longings. And God intends for them to play a perpetual role in the life of the church. This week we will study the introduction to the Psalms which introduce us to the overall themes of the entire book of Psalms: God's instruction and His coming King.
Psalm 8 is everything a hymn should be as it celebrates the glory and grace of God. Upon gazing at the handiwork of God in creation, the humbled psalmist considers the question, 'What is man?' Man, though seemingly small in this enormous universe has been chosen by God to be exalted, crowned with glory and honor and given dominion over the earth. And though now this dominion is weakened by sin, it is regained and restored by and through our union with Christ.
This Sunday is Sanctity of Life Sunday. Today we join thousands of other churches in recognizing the God-given worth and dignity of human life. And we consider how we as a church might be mobilized to stand up for and defend the unborn. In Psalm 8 we learn about God's majesty and what it means to be a human being made in his image. This knowledge makes all the difference in the world about how we think and act concerning abortion.
This week we examine Psalm 19, which describes both God's general and special revelation. God reveals himself in universal, global ways. God is not hidden. He has and is revealing himself through creation to all races and peoples. But even more vividly and thoroughly, God has revealed himself and his will through his Torah (teaching, instruction). God's Torah is of immense value to us and bring with them great benefits, far better than anything the world promises us. Poetically, the psalmist models for us a proper response to God's revelation and instruction by offering his heart and mind to the Lord.
Psalm 22 is a powerful psalm of lament. Powerful, because we can find that it voices for us how we often think and feel while in the midst of great suffering. At some point in our lives we will identify with this text and its questions. Where is God? Why is He silent? And helpfully, this psalm also models for us how we should respond when we feel that way. Furthermore, Psalm 22 points us to our suffering Savior, who endured betrayal, mocking and violence such the world has never seen before or since and who was subsequently lifted up in glory.
This Sunday we will participate in Orphan Sunday. Orphan Sunday is an opportunity to join in with churches all over the world in learning about God's heart for the fatherless. This week we will thank God for the ways he is using our church and study Psalm 68:1-10. God is a Father to the fatherless.
Our great God is worthy to receive praise from all nations and peoples. There are no other gods besides Him. And our role is to glorify Him through worship and proclamation of His salvation and majesty.
This morning, together with thousands of other churches we recognize the Sanctity of Life. All human beings are wonderfully made in the image of God. Tragically, the Imago Dei in children is assaulted every day in the womb via abortion. Ultimately, abortion is wrong because it is an assault on the person-forming work of God in the womb. The church cannot remain silent on this matter. The body of Christ is called to speak for the fatherless and unborn, to defend the powerless and to stand for justice while proclaiming God's Word.
This Mother's Day we examine the high calling of motherhood. Mothers contribute to the flourishing of their family in incalculable ways. Their work knows no bounds, their competencies no limits. And their greatest responsibility, their most loving and faithful act to their children, is to model and teach a big and glorious view of God.