I don’t know about you, but when I look at the the stars, the planets, and the galaxies- when I can identify them, that is -I can come away feeling rather small. Totally inconsequential, might be more appropriate. King David might have had similar feelings based on his expressions in Psalm 8, as Pastor Croyts explains in his sermon.
1 Peter is an epistle, a letter, that speaks to believers who are experiencing “tough times” of some kind. Suffering? Persecution? We are unclear the exact nature of what it is. But St Peter makes it clear that suffering is “part of the deal” when you “sign up” as a Jesus follower. He then points to Jesus as an example for them- and for us -as one who endured the most unjust suffering. Jesus’ response to suffering can be a wonderful guide for us.
Pastor Jerry finishes his teaching on Psalm 7. This is a Psalm which challenges thinking that God is never angry; or that those who live according to God’s designs wait in vain for God to come and rescue them from those who harm; who do evil; who stand against what is godly.
Psalm 7 is the longest Psalm yet in Pastor Jerry’s series. In the first six psalms, when the subject of “righteousness” comes up, David always suggests the “righteousness of God” and not his own. In Psalm 7 David sounds like he is claiming that he is righteous based on his own merit. What is going on here??
Psalm 6 is one Psalm that has left many questioning its author or, if it was King David, if he really could have been in such a depressed state. Pastor Croyts, continuing he series in Psalms, pointed out that often when we are in deep dispair it confirms that God is still at work. Yes, that is hard to believe. Better hear Pastor Croyts explain it in his own words.
Psalm 5 is a Psalm that seems to go in unrelated directions. Very similar to our thoughts when we are under duress. Yet in the midst of this “randomness” there is an order to the Psalmist’s thinking; to his prayer. Pastor Croyts helps us see this in such a wonderful way.
How can we sleep when there is so much turmoil around us? King David had that challenge 4000+ years ago. Yet he found that his confidence in Jehovah was the solution.
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.