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...
2015 January 29 01 Bible Studies
The Lament Psalms | We shift in this session to begin hearing from the most prominent type of Psalm in the Psalter: the Lament Psalm. When it seems that the LORD has abandoned us, when our enemies are set to prevail against us, when our sin or sickness threatens to consume us we, cry out in the Laments. “How long, O Lord? Will you forget me forever?” (Psalm 13:1) is a cry that comes from a deep emotional pain that all the faithful have experienced. In these lament Psalms we learn how to deal with our more difficult emotions without losing hope.
2015 January 23 01 Bible Studies
The Zion Hymns - Psalm 47, 48 | We continue looking at a couple of Zion Hymns which express the hope of security and The LORD sits enthroned in His Holy City, on His Holy Hill - Mt Zion. Situated between Psalms 46 and 48, Psalm 47 provides the foundational theology for Psalms and life: “For the LORD YHWH, the Most High, is to be feared; A great King over all the earth!” (Psalm 47:2) Ultimately these great hymns look forward to the day when a Mt. Zion and New Jerusalem are the center of life on planet earth when all the nations will come to worship and serve the One True God (Hebrews 11:10, 11:16, 12:22, 13:14 and Revelation 21:1-10)
2015 January 14 01 Bible Studies
The Zion Hymns - Psalm 46 | We begin with a brief review of the Psalms types, particularly the Hymns. Among the Hymns in the Psalms there is a sub-group called the Zion Hymns. Just as the Hymns extol the virtue and praiseworthiness of the Lord God, so the Zion Hymns focus on Mt. Zion and Jerusalem as the dwelling place of God. Writing during a time when the Lord literally took up His residence above the Ark of the Covenant in the Tabernacle and later the Temple, these Hymns remind us that ultimate security is found in the Lord’s presence among His people. These hymns also yearn for the future days of the New Jerusalem in which righteousness dwells permanently.
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