We continue to address the question, How should we respond to evil? Last week we studied Psalm 109. In this sermon we’ll try to understand how such psalms relate to Jesus’ command to love our enemies.
How should we respond to evil? This is the first of two sermons that seek to answer that question by looking at Psalm 109. This is one of several psalms that are called imprecatory psalms. An imprecation is a spoken curse or an appeal to deity to bring down judgment upon someone else. How should we understand such portions of Scripture? And is there any application for us?
A roof over our heads, security, a job, kids…all of these things are common pursuits for American families. They aren’t bad things. In fact, they’re a good and important part of life. This psalm teaches us that God is the source of all good and he gives us good gifts. Why does God give us good things? The answer to this question can be the difference between idolatry and true worship.
Psalm 23 & John 10
The 23rd Psalm is one of the best-known scriptures of all time. It has been used by believers for thousands of years for comfort, encouragement, and devotion, and with very good reason. The psalm tells us about ourselves, and, more importantly, about the Lord, and all the more so as we view David’s inspired words from the blessed perspective of living this side of the coming and work of the Good Shepherd Himself.
What do you desire? Often we do not know until we experience trial or loss. In this Psalm we hear from David who had just suffered the loss of his throne. After being chased from Jerusalem by his own son, he poured out his own heart’s desire in a psalm, saying, “O God…my soul thirsts for you.”
What causes you to sing? What brings you joy and delight? In this psalm we’ll see how David rejoiced in who God is and what he had done. If we truly understand the love of God, then we cannot help but sing his praises. Furthermore, if we truly understand God’s love, then we cannot help but love his children.
We all know what despair is, but how do we get out of it? And more importantly, how does God use it to produce Christ-like character within us? In Psalm 13 David show us how his despair was transformed by faith.
The essence of fear is experiencing that which is unknown and unpredictable. We fear when we find ourselves unable to control our circumstances. How should we respond to fear? And what does the Gospel have to say about it? By looking at this Psalm, we’ll see how David responded to fear.