The Reason for Joy (Psalm 126) POHFW

Preparing our Hearts to Worship


In an effort to help you prepare for theJune 24, 2018, Sunday morning corporate worship gathering and to aid you in your own reflections on the Emotions in the Psalms.I wanted to pose a few questions and provide a few resources to prayerfully consider over the coming days. Our sermon is entitled, “The Reason for Joy”The main Scriptures for the day are Psalm 126.


(Pick and choose from the many resources and options, which I have tried to make available for your devotional life.)


From the Scriptures


Please read through Psalm 126 this week.If you would like the broader context, this is one of the Psalms of Ascent (Psalms 120-134), so consider reading these as well.

You can read or listen to them here.

You can listen to Psalms 120-134 here. (30 minutes)

(If you choose to read all the Psalms of Ascent, it will take roughly 30 mintues.)


From the Creeds and Confessions


 Heidelberg Catechism Q53

Q.53. What do you believe concerning “the Holy Spirit”?

First, he, as well as the Father and the Son, is eternal God.  Second, he has been given to me personally, so that, by true faith, he makes me share in Christ and all his blessings, comforts me, and remains with me forever.

Heidelberg Catechism Q56

Q.56. What do you believe concerning “the forgiveness of sins”?

I believe that God, because of Christ’s atonement, will never hold against me any of my sins nor my sinful nature which I need to struggle against all my life.  Rather, in his grace God grants me the righteousness of Christ to free me forever from judgment.


From the songs, hymns and spiritual songs of the Church


Never Walk Alone (Rend Collective):Lyrics, Video

Holy Spirit (Kari Jobe): Lyrics, Video

Same Power (Jeremy Camp): Lyrics, Video

For Thoughtful Reflection, Prayer, or further Study


Watch The Bible Project’s video summary of Psalms.

Consider reading and reflecting on the emotions of the Psalms with Ray Steadman’s article on The voicing of feelings in the psalms.

Reflect on the devotional material related to the Heidelberg Catechism Q53or Q56.

What are the reasons for joy?





The Sermon will be available onlineon June 24, 2018 at 12:30 pm.



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