The Larger Structure of the Psalms | In our final session we consider the larger structure and “story” of the Psalms as a whole. With their strong emphasis on the Davidic Promises and the promised Messiah, the Psalms as a whole present the hope of post-exile Israel that the LORD will restore them, establish His Kingdom through His Anointed. The Psalms look to a time when all things are set right and all the promises of the Lord are fulfilled. Although in our times we know who this Son of David, Son of God, Anointed is, this Messianic Hope is still just as potent today as we look forward to the appearing of our Lord and Savior Jesus who will complete all that has been promised.
The Thanksgivings and Jesus in the Psalms | In this session we look very briefly at the Psalms which come after the Lamentations - the Thanksgivings. Once the LORD has delivered and saved, it is right for His people to give Him thanksgiving and praise. Often in the Lamentations, the Psalmist vows to praise the Lord once He has answered. The Thanksgivings are the fulfillment of those vows. We then turn to begin looking at the ways in which some of the Psalms are direct prophetic texts applying uniquely to Jesus. We start with Psalm 110 the most Messianic and prophetic of all these types of Psalms.
The Imprecatory Psalms Pt2 & The Psalms of Confidence | We finish our discussion of the imprecatory Psalms and take a look a the Confidence Psalms. Psalm 23, probably the best known of all the Psalms, falls into this category. In these Psalms, the Psalmist expresses his complete trust and confidence in YHWH - our hope, our rock, our fortress. Because He will be faithful, we can be confident that ultimately our lives will turn out well.
The Imprecatory Psalms | We finish our tour of the Lament Psalms by looking at Psalm 88 and Psalm 44 (a communal lament). We then turn to probably the most controversial type of psalm, the Imprecatory Psalm. In these prayers, the Psalmists calls down curses and judgment upon the enemies of YHWH. In light of Jesus’ teaching on “Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you…” these Psalms seem out of place, particularly in the Age of Grace. We begin to explore ways to think about these Psalms.
The Lament Psalms - Psalm 50 & 51 | In the most famous of all the penitential Psalms - 51- David begs for mercy forgiveness for sins his after being confronted by Nathan the Prophet over the “Bathsheba Incident.” Psalm 50 sets the stage for this poignant Psalm as a Prophetic exhortation given by the LORD through Asaph calling His faithful people to prepare themselves for His judgment. It is interesting that Psalm 50 is the only one that specifically mentions adultery and just before 51! Taken together, these two Psalms give us great insight into the mercy and grace of the Lord-God and the spirit of humility and gratitude that He desires in His people.
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The Lament Psalms - Psalm 32 | The Penitential Psalms (Psalms 6, 32, 38, 51, 102, 130, and 143) are a special category of the Lament Psalms. In these Psalms, the Psalmist’s own sin is presented as the main problem. Yet as Psalm 32 teaches, those who trust in the steadfast love (grace) of YHWH will discover the blessing of having their transgressions forgiven and their sins covered.
The Lament Psalms - Psalm 22 Pt 3 | We finish our tour of Psalm 22 by focusing on the Praise section of this great Psalm. David realizes that the Lord’s deliverance and salvation will be a work worthy of Praise. He vows to lift up The Name of YHWH to his brothers in the great congregation. But the new of this deliverance will be for all the nations and even generations yet unborn. The Messianic focus in this Psalm is clear again pointing us in the direction of Jesus’ suffering and exaltation that is news that the whole world needs to hear.
2015 February 26 01 Bible Studies
The Lament Psalms - Psalm 22 Pt 2 | We continue working through Psalm 22 considering how David’s poetic words, pregnant with significance, are applied to the experience of Jesus on the Cross. Some of the Psalms have a typological-prophetic application while others seem to be straight prophecy. We begin to explore those differences in this session. This Psalm shows how David speaks from the human experience and with these same words Jesus profoundly enters into the
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2015 February 12 01 Bible Studies
The Lament Psalms - Psalm 22 Pt 1 | This week we begin looking at probably the most “famous” of the lament Psalms. “My God, My God why have you forsaken me!?” are the very words that Jesus cries out from the Cross. A complex Psalm, 22 moves from the depths of despair to the heights of praise. Some of the Psalms have a typological-prophetic application while others seem to be straight prophecy. We begin to explore those differences in this session. *Download NEW CHART Here
2015 February 05 01 Bible Studies
The Lament Psalms - Psalm 3 | This week we consider the first lament Psalm in the Psalms - Psalm 3. Attributed to the time when David was fleeing from Absalom, this Psalm shows us that even in the midst of difficulty, rest and hope can be the prevailing mental attitudes. David calls out to the Lord in the midst of his crisis and having received an answer from the Lord, David is a able to rest knowing that the Lord would be faithful to do what He had said.
2015 February 05 Blog-Seth
Pastor Piper pleads with pastors to pursue a prophetic rather than professional position in the pulpit. Piper saw professionalism seeping into churches in 2002. Thirteen years later the Church in the United States is saturated with professionalism. From the pastors to the pews it seems that more and more view the ministry of the Church as a place for professionals. Piper pleads vehemently against this outlook. I was thoroughly convinced and convicted by the plea given in this book. I would like to share my favorite quotes and passages from the book with the hope that they will encourage pastors, elders, and Christians to seek and strive for so much more than mere professionalism. Read More...