Sun, Oct 30, 2016
Duration: 41 mins 30 secs
God calls us to kill the bitter root growing within our hearts (not kill our enemies). We all have traces of bitterness, whether directed toward politicians, celebrities, or people who have slighted us in our past. This emotion is not foreign to the Bible. In fact, God's people felt bitter rage in a foreign land. "By the streams of Babylon, I sat down and wept," beings one of the rawest psalms. It moves from bitter weeping to nostalgia to rage. God hears our rage, and asks us to hand it to Him.
Sun, Oct 23, 2016
Duration: 40 mins 51 secs
God's world inspires wonder. He has stamped creation with diversity, complexity, enormity, abundance, and personality. Reflecting on the creation account of Genesis 1-2, Psalm 104 restores our WonderLUST and moves us to praise our Wise Creator
Sun, Oct 16, 2016
When darkness covers the Psalmist (n 88), he cries out to God. There is nowhere else to go; neither is there any guarantee God will help him. His friends have deserted him. His health is has failed him. He laments. God invites us to cry out to him in times of personal crisis. We must learn to speak our griefs to the God who saves, even if our circumstances remain grim.
Sun, Oct 09, 2016
Duration: 36 mins 59 secs
We are blessed when we confess. David knew this, he rejoiced in God's forgiveness rather than hiding in his sinfulness. Psalm 32 explains the physical and emotional pain sin causes, as well as our tendency to cover it up by ignoring, minimizing, justifying, or overshadowing sin with good deeds. In the end, the best solution to sin is confession.
Sun, Oct 02, 2016
Duration: 42 mins 44 secs
Psalm 24 anticipates the arrival of God, preparing the worshiper to receive the King of Glory. Clean hands and pure heart are required of those approaching God. While He does not expect perfection, He does desire penitence. Whether God is returning from battle or showing up on Sunday, he wants His people to seek Him eagerly.
Sun, Sep 25, 2016
Duration: 36 mins 37 secs
Sometimes God seems absent. Our suffering lingers and prayers languish. The Psalms give us language for this feeling of lament. Psalm 13 invites us to express our hurt and pain, to voice our questions. God is a good dialogue partner. And even when He feels absent, His love is sure.
Sun, Sep 18, 2016
Duration: 40 mins 16 secs
Psalm One contrasts the blessed life of the righteous with the damned path of the wicked. At the center is the imagery of a tree: lush, vibrant, dependent on God for its flourishing. The Psalm invites us into a life of meditation on God's Word.