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 week we study Psalm 51, a penitential psalm in which David confesses his horrific sins to God and repents. David powerfully describes the misery his sin has wrought in his life and the subsequent joy having been forgiven. He praises God for the restoration of his soul. The psalm also gives us a refreshing view of God’s grace. God is long suffering, slow to anger, and ready to forgive. And the good news of the gospel is that the gospel doesn’t end with mere pardon. No, God writes a new story in sin’s place, replacing what was broken and dead with wholeness and life.
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.
Psalm 72 is a prayer for the king of Israel. But what is clear is that this psalm is also a prayer for a future coming king, who is no ordinary king. The future king prayed for will have worldwide dominion and his kingdom shall prosper eternally. God will rule through him and God's righteousness will be meted out through him. And fortunately for us, He is a compassionate King, gentle and tender, saving the oppressed and outcast. And those who hope in Him shall see the glory of the Lord.
The Psalms are vital to teaching us how to live the Christian life. And Psalm 77 is one of those Psalms that teaches us how to live the Christian life in the darkest of days. Often when we read the Psalms we see ourselves and our struggles reflected in the text. We can relate to the feelings of the psalmist. God put the Psalms in the Bible not only to lead us in worship, but also to console and comfort us in seasons of deepening darkness and doubt. Psalm 77 teaches us what to do in times of such doubt and discouragement.
This Father's Day we examine God's call to fathers to teach their children the glorious deeds of the Lord and his commandments. As father's we are primarily responsible for teaching our children God's Word. Our goal is not merely the transmission of facts but knowledge of God that leads to a love for God that directs our children to put all their hope in God.