Contributed on Aug 16, 2010
When we are in the spiritual dessert, we need to keep in close touch with God or we will shrivel up with spiritual dehydration. The Psalmist explains his experience in the spiritual dessert, and points us in the right direction.
As the Deer Panteth for the Water Psalm 42 and 43 Rather then spend a lot of time introducing the Sons of Korah and relating their role to the modern Christian, I thought I would share just a little bit about them each week. 1. Descendents of the Korah, a branch of the tribe of Levi. Some ...read more
Contributed on Aug 23, 2010
When one of the Sons of Korah looked at the current horrible disasters, he could not understand why God allowed these things. Like him, we struggle with reconciling God’s character and what God permits, especially when it strikes close to home.
Is God A Has Been? (Psalm 44) 1. We do not have a lot of information about the Sons of Korah, but we do about their competing group, the Sons of Asaph. 2. According to I Chronicles 25:1-3, "David, together with the commanders of the army, set apart some of the sons of Asaph, Heman and ...read more
Contributed on Sep 6, 2010
The Lord Almighty is present with His children in the midst of the darkest nights.
Between The Devil and the Deep Blue Sea (Psalm 46) 1. You never know for sure when troubles will arise, or where they come from. 2. This AP story broke this past week: LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – A fire that did $20,000 in damages to a northeast Arkansas home wasn't caused by an electrical ...read more
Contributed on Sep 20, 2010
God’s children are to sometimes worship Him with great enthusiasm and outward joy, to clap their hands to the Lord. And sometimes that worship is about Who God is; sometimes it is about what He has done or is doing. But sometimes it is about what He will
Clap You Hands (Psalm 47) 1. When a brand new believer, in 1974, my friend loaned his LP Album by Messianic Jewish group "Lamb." When I married Marylu in 1980, I married into Lamb albums. 2. One of the songs was titled, "Clap Your Hands, All Ye People," and was a paraphrase of Psalm 47. ...read more
Contributed on Oct 4, 2010
As disciples of Jesus Christ, we have our hardships. But we are privileged in so many ways. We know a God Who has control of time and exists in dimension we cannot grasp. Jerusalem is a place where time and dimension converge, and it gives us a taste o
Traveling Through Time and Dimension (Psalm 48) 1. t's been a while since I have preached a sermon with a touch of weird. This is one! Time travel and converging of the physical and spiritual sound like science fiction. Yet these concepts are found, in a way, in the Psalm before us. 2. ...read more
Contributed on Oct 11, 2010
Is your life a temporary distraction, or a preparation for the long term? Are you enjoying life while preparing for eternity, or is your focus solely the fleeting moments of this life?
Why Waste Your Life? (Psalm 49) 1. Psalm 49 is categorized as a Wisdom Psalm, and it deals with the wisdom of living with a view toward eternity; none of us know when death may catch up to us. 2. Illustration: A friend loans you a car at the last moment. As he rushes off, he says, "By the ...read more
Contributed on Oct 18, 2010
Do you have a heart that longs for God? Do you want to see Him, to be with Him, to enjoy Him forever? The psalmist expresses this blessing in 3 beatitudes.
A Deep Longing for God Psalm 84 1. We rejoiced to hear that the trapped Chilean miners were rescued this past week. An AP article summarizes matters: SAN JOSE MINE, Chile – The miners who spent 69 agonizing days deep under the Chilean earth were hoisted one by one to freedom Wednesday, ...read more
Contributed on Oct 25, 2010
When God’s people experience disaster, heartache, or disappointment, they can raise their voices to God and ask Him to intervene; their plea is based on three criteria.
A Community Lament Psalm 85 1. I can remember a few times when America mourned as a nation. Three of the most solemn times where when John Kennedy was assassinated, September 11, 2001, and the Tsunami. 2. Israel had her times of trial and grief as well, and this Psalm of community lament is ...read more
Contributed on Nov 15, 2010
In Psalm 88, God gives us permission to be fully human, to face the realties of misery rather than deny them, and to pour our complaints, despondency, and miseries before Him in prayer.
Permission to Feel Despondent (Psalm 88) 1. This is the time of year when many experience a seasonal depression attributed to the fact that the amount of sunlight is declining. We certainly are all familiar with feelings of sadness, grief and loss. But at the deepest level, we can get to the ...read more