Singing is what God's people do when God is doing something awesome. Singing is what God's people do in the middle of struggle. Singing is what God's people do when God does something awesome. Let's sing more! Let me count the ways. Psalm 96.
There is so much going on in the Christmas story and I don't want you to miss. God is bringin' it. And the Devil can't stand it. Psalm 98.
Psalm 8 leads us to stand back in awe and wonder at our God who became a little less than the angels for us. Now he sits in glory at God's right hand, all things under his earth. Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth.
This is an old person’s psalm. Sorry, but it is. It is the psalm of someone – probably King David – who is at the end of his life. It is the psalm of someone who has seen many troubled days, who has walked through the fire. It is the psalm of someone whose hair is grey and whose body is weak. It is the psalm of someone who is almost begging to go home to heaven. It is the psalm of someone who is begging God, at the end of their days, “Don’t leave me now!” And yet, though this psalm comes from the heart of someone who is at the end of their life, this psalm is full of hope for people in any season of life. This psalm is full of hope for those who are just starting their journey of faith. This psalm is full of hope for those who are growing up. This psalm is full of hope for those who are adulting now, who are grown and who are trying to handle the curveballs that life throws. And this psalm is especially – yes, especially full of hope – for those of you whose hair is grey. So, if your hair is grey, this is one psalm that you might make part of your daily prayers. This is one psalm that might be good for you to know and to pray as you wait for Jesus to take you to heaven.
There are times in our life when we feel like God has left us. There are times in our life when we feel like God has left the building, that God has abandoned us and even turned his back on us. There are times in our life when might even feel like God has become the enemy. This psalm, Psalm 85, is a prayer for those times.
There are times in our life when we feel empty, dry, tired, and nothing left. There are times in our life when we struggle to peel ourselves out of bed. There are times in our life when we’ve got nothing life and we need some restoration and revival. This psalm, Psalm 85, is a prayer for those times.
There are times when we look at the world around us and see all the bad stuff going on – the wars, the racism, the hostility, the shootings, the bombings and we just cry out to God about it. There are times in our life when we look at the morality of the world around us and just cry. There are times in our life when we look at the Christian church and see all the false teachings and just weep. There are times when we look around and see so many people not believing the message or leaving the message behind and it just breaks our heart. This psalm, Psalm 85, is a prayer for those times.
Psalms are real talk, real prayers, real songs, of real people. So they’re a beautiful thing. We get to see authentic believers struggle in prayer with God. We get to see believers wrestle and even get upset with God. We hear them cry out in desperation. We hear them sing out with joy. We hear them worship. We hear them pray. We hear them preach. We hear them complain. We hear them struggle. We hear them yell at God. We see them fall into his arms. The psalms are full of real people living in a real, living, breathing, wrestling, open and authentic relationship with God. Over the next few weeks, during our Sunday services, we’ll be looking at some of the psalms of Advent. Today, we’ll start with Psalm 24.