One thing special about the Old Testament Psalms is we learn how real the writers were with God. In today’s sermon Jerry Croyts spoke on Psalm 3, and it this Psalm we learn that complaining to God is significantly different than complaining about God. Many of the Psalms also point us to Jesus, and teach us how our confidence can be in him.
Pastor Mike Frison had the congregation turn our thinking to Psalm 116. In this Psalm the psalmist reviews the goodness of God in providing, saving, rescuing, directing, etc. his servant. The psalmist’s response is to give God honor; to pay his vows; offer public praise.
Bible readers often consider Psalms on their own, as individual songs or poems or laments. In today’s sermon, Pastor Jerry Croyts concludes a two-part talk on Psalm 1 and 2. As he explains, these two Psalms most likely were written as one and were only divided into two by later editors. In Psalm 2, the author suggests we consider three conversations: one between the “kings of the earth”, a second is the contemplations of God in heaven, and then the psalmist himself is offering some thoughts to the reader.
We are pleased to have Jerry Croyts preaching today.
Psalm 95 contains joyful praise and solemn warning. Both are needed by God’s people.
The events which underlie the writing of Psalm 34 seem quite an unlikely source in which King David finds and experiences God’s goodness. David is on the run for his life and the enemies of Israel appear to be a better haven than any he can find in his own country. Yet it is exactly here that David says: “Oh, taste, and see that the Lord is good!”
In Psalms 130 the Psalmist gives us great reason to hope in the Lord.
Yes, Jesus did provide an unbelievable blessing for sinners!