"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

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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Sunday, June 4, 2017 Sermon Prep for Psalm 145

Last Sunday, Jackson Randall led us through the importance of the Psalms in growing into a God-centered life.  The Psalms teach us to deal with our human emotions, teach us to pray and bring everything before the Father, orient us toward what is truly important, and model for us what it is to be humble […]

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Sunday, May 28, 2017 Sermon Prep for Psalm 16

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 […]

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