"For it is all for your sake, so that as grace extends to more and more people it may increase thanksgiving, to the glory of God." — 2 Cor. 4:15

Digging Deeper: Psalms Resources

The Psalter is a book of prayers rather than a prayer book. Its words leap to the page from the heart of man, racked by pain, jubilant with joy, despairing, aspiring, questioning, worshiping, but never ceasing to reach for God.
The world changes, knowledge grows, but the heart of man remains as it has always been. That is why the Psalms becomes increasingly, as life goes on, the mirror and the language of experience, the book which speaks to us, and provides the words for the hours of contrition, of fear, of awe, defeat and victory.”
E. M. BLAIKLOCK Psalms For Living

September 24, 2017

“Blessed be God Most High, who delivered your enemies into your hand.” Genesis 14:20 Lot’s decision to not stay near the safety of his uncle and the ongoing blessing of God now creates an opportunity for the breadth of the promise to Abram to be displayed in a very specific deliverance. Much of life creates messes […]

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Sunday August 20, 2017 Summer Psalm Series—Recap

Be to me a rock of refuge, to which I may continually come. Psalm 71:3b This summer we have focused on the book of Psalms. The series is titled In the Shadow of the Rock. The Psalms teach us to seek God for refuge, and we do so through prayer. Each week we have looked at […]

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Sunday, August 13, 2017 Sermon Prep for Psalm 139

We are nearing the end of our summer in the Psalms. This past week, Kenny Clark took us through Psalm 71. David wrote this psalm as an old man. He was again facing enemies, unjust criticism, even apparent abandonment by God. In his distress, David runs to God as his refuge. Kenny pointed out some […]

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Sunday, August 6, 2017 Sermon Prep for Psalm 71

This summer in the Psalms we have seen marvelous portraits of our great God and Savior as penned by men of true faith. Many of the psalms we have looked at were descriptive of personal faith in God. This past week, Eric Twisselmann led us through Psalm 46, a corporate declaration of faith. All Israel, […]

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Sunday, July 30, 2017 Sermon Prep for Psalm 46

This past week, Don Allen took us through Psalm 63. This psalm is a hymn by a soul earnestly seeking God, his greatest desire. Don pointed out the many reasons David yearned for God and why those reasons apply to us, too. We all face storms and difficulties which are out of our control. Our […]

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Sunday, July 23, 2017 Sermon Prep for Psalm 63

What glories we have glimpsed this summer in the Psalms! We have marveled at the portrait of the Perfect Man in Psalm 1. We looked at how God has revealed Himself to man and man’s correct response to that revelation in Psalm 19. A model of godly repentance challenged us in Psalm 51. We saw […]

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Sunday, July 16, 2017 Sermon Prep for Psalm 2

This past week, Randall Gruendyke helped us understand from Psalm 122 that it has always been God’s purpose to gather His people together in one particular place under His rule. In Eden, in the City of David, in the Church of Our Lord Jesus Christ and finally in the New Jerusalem, God has been preparing […]

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Sunday, July 9, 2017 Sermon Prep for Psalm 122

Last week, Erik Thoennes exhorted us to a deep sense of godly sorrow over our sin. He showed us in Psalm 51 a model of agreeing with God about the depth, extent and awfulness of our sin. This godly sorrow should break our hearts, a condition God can use to lead us to true repentance. […]

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Sunday, July 2, 2017 Sermon Prep for Psalm 51

Last week, Erik Thoennes led us through Psalm 19, which C. S. Lewis considered the “greatest poem in the Psalter.” In Psalm 19, the psalmist expresses his wonder and delight in the revelation of God to mankind through His creation and through His Law.  David loves God’s Word, finding the law “more precious than gold,” […]

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Sunday, June 25, 2017 Sermon Prep for Psalm 19

“Prayer is answering speech. God’s Word has not done its complete work until it evokes an answer from us. All our answers are prayers. The Psalms train us in this answering speech, this language that responds to all God’s creating and saving words targeted to our lives.” “We know almost nothing of the circumstances in […]

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Sunday, June 18, 2017 Sermon Prep for Psalm 27

This past week, Randall Gruendyke led us to examine our lives in view of the standard set out in Psalm 1.  Are we the blessed man who lives every moment delighting in and meditating on God’s law?  Seriously?  How can we be?  Through Christ and Christ alone we receive the righteousness of the One Righteous […]

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Sunday, June 11, 2017 Sermon Prep for Psalm 1

And he opened his mouth and taught them, saying: “Blessed… blessed… blessed…”  Matthew 5:2 and following Psalm 1 is considered an introduction to the Book of Psalms.  Charles Spurgeon calls it the “Preface Psalm, having in it a notification of the contents of the entire book.”  Eugene Peterson characterizes it as a “preface to prayer” and […]

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