Psalms

The Thrill of Hope - #4 - CPR for the Soul

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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.

The Thrill of Hope - #2 - The Welcome Mat

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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.