The psalms are a collection of ancient songs written with a view to God in all the different experiences life throws at us. From the highs of victory and conquest to the lows of abandonment and loss, each Psalm uniquely points to God and brings out the emotional reality that people today often suppress. The book as a whole can bring a deep healing in our soul as it teaches all of life will ultimately lead to God’s glory and our good.

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Hallelujah Chorus Psalm 150 Arguably one of the most popular works in Western Music is Handle’s Messiah. There are many opportunities to hear it around the Christmas holidays. Composed in 1741 by George Frideric Handel, it is largely a commentary on Jesus Nativity, Passion, Resurrection and Ascension. In Part I, the Messiah's coming and the virgin birth are predicted by…

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What Child is this? Psalm 110 Christmas time is here. Many are scurrying to buy presents, decorate houses, travel. Some are gathering around manger scenes to praise God for sending his Son into the world. Some are not. This season is special in many ways but in some ways it is an overflow of how we live every other day.…

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Joy for the World Psalm 98 We are in a series on the psalms. For December we are going to be looking at some psalms that connect with the coming of Jesus. I hope this gives us a deeper understanding of the book of psalms and helps us see some unique aspects of Christmas. I also hope that it is…

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Hope in a Broken World From May 17-31 of this year, more than 260 tornadoes were confirmed in an outbreak sequence that tormented the country. …from Texas to Colorado and Nebraska, then eastward through the Midwest, to portions of the Northeast and Mid Atlantic the effects of all these storms were devastating. Billions in property damage. Families displaced. Lives shattered.…

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The Blessed Family Psalm 128 We are looking at a psalm of ascent. There are fifteen psalms with this inscription and most scholars believe that ascent refers to the pilgrimage to worship at the temple in Jerusalem (120-134). These psalms were sung on that pilgrimage. The psalm we are looking at today is a psalm about the blessed person, and…

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The Treasure of God’s Word Psalm 119 I remember growing up with great movies and shows about hunting for treasure. Indiana Jones and his incredible explorations. Rafting down rivers, running away from boulders, falling into snake pits, and of course eating monkey brains, all in hopes of gaining incredible treasures from the past. Or The Goonies, a group of teenagers…

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Prayer of the Oppressed Psalm 109 We are in a series on the book of Psalms. This book of the Bible is a collection of songs, and these are the songs that would be sung in the temple service. We have seen several different types of psalms. If you are confused by the different ones we have looked at just…

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Our God's Blessings for His children               (Psalm 103) I.   Call to worship (v1-2) with all our heart in spirit and truth (John 4:23-24) II.  Count our wealth (v3-14) God's work: forgiveness, healing, redemption, strength, and crown. God's character: compassionate, gracious, patience, and rich in love. III.  Call to witness (v15-22) priority, passion…

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The Unheard Prayer Psalm 88 We are in Psalm 88 today. It is a psalm of lament. Laments contain a complaint, a struggle, a problem is brought to the Lord. Of the 150 psalms 67 are psalms of lament. There are more laments than psalms of praise. That may surprise you for a book titled “The Praises.” In the psalms…

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Psalm 73 The Lord Our Portion A Psalm of Asaph. Truly God is good to Israel, to those who are pure in heart. 2 But as for me, my feet had almost stumbled, my steps had nearly slipped. 3 For I was envious of the arrogant when I saw the prosperity of the wicked. 4 For they have no pangs…