Summer Psalms

Summer Psalms

Falsely Accused – Psalm 4

Sermon Outline   False Accusations are horrible to live through Prayer our only hope in adversity John Calvin’s teaching on Psalm 4 Answer Me/hear me when I call, O God is my righteousness (Ps 4:1) God’s previous deliverances (Ps 4:1b) Next the Psalmist turns his attention to his accusers (Ps 4:2-5) Next, the Psalmist warns the accusing crowds with 4 commands V.4…

The Lord Saves (Psalm 3)

Sermon Outline Introduction The Backstory (2Sam 13-15) This psalm that is nicely divided into 4 parts The Predicament (Ps 3:1-2) The social political situation has become unbearable for David (2Sam 15:5-6) We can find ourselves in similar places So what are we to do when these situations come upon us? The Profession of Faith (Ps 3:3-6) Focused upon the actions of God in…

Psalm 2 – God’s Reign and Rule

Sermon Outline The Proper Question to ask of any and all Government and Law “To what extent does the operation of any given human institution conform to God’s standards at any point in history?”[1] We ask this question because we believe that God is Reigning! The Trouble with Governments: They don’t want God to Reign (Ps 2:1-3) People want to live by their own rules (Ps…

Psalm 14 Foolishness will get you nowhere

Sermon Outline I.              God’s important message (Ps 14, 53) a.    One of the great themes of the Bible is wisdom. (Mt 7:26ff, Gal 3:1-4, Mt 5:11, 23:17, Lk 11:40) b.    Identical Psalms c.    Ps 1, Ex 20:1-19, Mt 22:37-41 II.             Who is the Fool? a.    One who Lives as though God is dead (Mt 12:34) b.    Pursues corruption and Abominable deeds (Ps 14:1, Dt…

Psalm 42 Longing for God

NOTE: I inadvertently passed on a bit of misinformation in yesterday’s sermon in citing 60 as the Levites’ age-of-retirement from active duty in service in the temple and to which someone laughingly responded, thus setting this faulty statistic in many memories.  Numbers 8:25 specifies that Levitical service related to the temple be a 20 year term, from 30 to…

Psalm 16 The Blessing of knowing God

Sermon Outline   Never Forget this: A Miktam(Ps 16:0) A Cry for Protection Request (Ps 16:1a) 3 Reasons for his request (Ps 16:1b-2) First, David feels confident in making this request because he has entrusted himself to God. (Ps 144:2) Second, he makes the request because God is his personal Master Third, David recognizes that nothing good can come to him apart from…

Psalm 55 Reasons for Lament

  Sermon Outline Introduction (Ps 55:0) God feels far away (Ps 55:1-2) Reasons for David’s suffering (Ps 55:3-5, 9-14, 20-21) First: Wicked bring Trouble and harbor a grudge (Ps 55:3, Gen 27:41, 50:4) Second: Fear of death (Ps 55:4-5, 2Sam 15) Third: Violent city full of oppression and fraud (Ps 55:9b-11) Fourth: Betrayed by a friend (Ps 55:12-14, 20-21) Not…

02 Psalm 32 The Blessing of being Forgiven

Sermon Outline Introduction (Ps 32 title) Martin Luther “Psalmi Paulini”. Augustine’s favorite psalm Day of Atonement Liturgy A Maskil? The Suffering of Unconfessed Sin (Ps 32:3-4, James 5:15-16) We don’t know what sin David was trying to keep hidden One thing is for sure: Every sinner tries to ignore their sin Hidden sin eats at the soul & affects the physical…

Psalm 126 The Reason for Joy

Sermon Outline The Struggle for Joy What is a Song of Ascent? A song sung by the pilgrim’s as they come to Jerusalem for the three annual feast and worship described in Lev 23. Historical background for Psalm 126 The psalms are full of references to joy (Ps 16:8-9, 19:8, 21:1, 31:7, 53:6, 67:4) Ezra-Nehemiah story History Verses 1-3 are the edict to return home and setup…