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Chapter 133

Psalms Book 5

If you have your Bibles, I'd invite you to turn with me to Psalm 133. Psalm 133 has been sung at Presbyterian General Assembly for probably close to five hundred years now and if you've ever been to a Presbyterian General Assembly you’ll know why it needs to be sung there because unity is not something that Presbyterians are known for at their General Assembly. It used to...

How Pilgrims Praise: Psalms of Ascent

“Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brothers to dwell together in unity! It is like the precious oil upon the head, coming down upon the beard, even Aaron's beard, coming down upon the edge of his robes. It is like the dew of Hermon, coming down upon the mountains of Zion; for there the Lord commanded the blessing — life forever.”

And may God...

Chapter 134

How Pilgrims Praise: Psalms of Ascent

Sermon on Feb 2, 2000

Psalm 134:1-3

Please turn with me to Psalm 134, the Psalm we sang together.  It’s the last, the fifteenth, in this series of Psalms we’ve been considering known as the Ascent Psalms.  Now the words I’m about to read ought to be very familiar to this congregation because you hear them every week, and rebuke yourself if you don’t think that’s so because every Sunday evening Ligon begins the service...

Psalms Book 5

And so with that, let me get you to turn in your Bibles to Psalm 134. We've come all the way from Kedar and Meshech to MountZion. You know, we've been working our way from Psalm 120 here to Psalm 138 in the Psalms of Ascents and the pilgrims have made their way all the way to Jerusalem and we're now coming to the final of the Songs...

Chapter 135

Psalms Book 5

Sermon on Jul 1, 2012

Psalm Psalm 135:1-21

If you have your Bibles, I'd invite you to turn in them with me to Psalm 135 as we continue to make our way through the fifth book of the Psalms. Every verse of this psalm either echoes or quotes or is quoted by some other part of Scripture. The psalmist himself rummages through the inspired Scriptures of the Old Testament and pulls together themes out of the...

Chapter 136

Psalms Book 5

Sermon on Jul 8, 2012

Psalm 136:1-26

If you have your Bibles, I'd invite you to turn with me to Psalm 136. As you turn there you’ll notice how many phrases and how many similarities there are between this psalm and the psalm that we studied last Lord's Day Evening, Psalm 135. There are a few items I want to draw to your attention, some of them that you will see in the psalm itself...

Sermon on Mar 8

Psalm 136

Well would you take your hymnals out and we’re going to turn to page 835 in our hymnals this morning. The Psalms are found in the back of our hymnals in a way that we can read them responsively. And this psalm has a refrain that runs throughout it and is actually the same refrain as a popular gospel song. It’s, “Lord, You are good and Your mercy...

Now if you would please take your copies of God’s Word and turn with me to Psalm 136.  We read it together earlier responsively; we’ll not read it again now, but if you would open your Bibles to Psalm 136.  In the church Bibles you’ll find that on page 520.  Psalm 136.

The Object and the Ultimate Reason for our Thankfulness


Chapter 137

Psalms Book 5

Psalm 137 is not for the faint of heart. It's a sobering lament and it's a song of resolve and it's a song of curse. It's set in the context of I think what is fair to say the most traumatic event that the Old Testament church ever experienced. The exile to Babylon simply sucked the air out of the life of the Old Testament people of God...

Chapter 138

Psalms Book 5

If you have your Bibles, I'd invite you to turn with me to Psalm 138. As you’re turning there, allow yourself to look at the headings of the next several psalms. In fact, if you’d look at the headings of the psalms from 138 all the way to 145. Tonight we are beginning a group of eight psalms, all of which are attributed to David. These are the...

Chapter 139

A Service of Worship

Giving Glory and Thanks for the Life of

Barbara Scott Miller Currie

Well, what a delight it is to be with the First Pres family. And in many ways, a feeling like this whole weekend has been something of a family reunion seeing so many faces, familiar faces, from the years that my wife, Christy, and I and our children had the privilege of serving in your midst, or maybe more properly, being served by you in the midst of...

Psalms Book 5

Turn in your Bibles if you have them, with me, to Psalm 139. I too have been looking forward to this psalm but also in some sense dreading it. It's hard to live up to Psalm 139. It's so exalted; it's very precious in our hearts. We just had a funeral here this last week and one of the verses out of this psalm was the family verse...

Life Toward God

Westminster Shorter Catechism

Question 4. What is God? Answer 4. God is a Spirit, infinite, eternal, and unchangeable, in his being, wisdom, power, holiness, justice, goodness, and truth.

Psalm 139:7-12

7 Where shall I go from your Spirit?     Or where shall I flee from your presence? 8 If I ascend to heaven, you are there!     If I make my bed in Sheol, you are there! 9 If I...

Chapter 140

Psalms Book 5

If you have your Bibles, I'd invite you to turn with me to Psalm 140. We’re with David and in trouble again. In this psalm, and it's a lament, David is lamenting a specific situation or set of situations in which he finds himself. There are men who have evil in their hearts, who intend malice towards him, who are slandering him, who are endangering him, and he's...

Chapter 141

Psalms Book 5

If you have your Bibles, I'd invite you to turn with me to Psalm 141. Jesus taught us to pray, “Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil,” or, “the evil one,” and David's prayer in this psalm anticipates and maybe even prefigures obedience to that command of Jesus to pray, “Lead us not into temptation.” Last week, when we were looking at Psalm 140, we...

Chapter 142

Psalms Book 5

If you have your Bibles, I'd invite you to turn with me to Psalm 142. This psalm is a companion of Psalm 57 and it's very similar to psalms 140 and 141 where we find a faithful person praying for protection from persecutors. Now this psalm is what is called a complaint or an individual lament, which means that it is a poem about a distressing situation which...

Chapter 143

Psalms Book 5

Sermon on Sep 9, 2012

Psalm 143:1-12

If you have your Bibles now, turn with me to Psalm 143. Psalm 143 is the last of what the church has called, for hundreds of years, the penitential psalms. There are seven of those psalms that have been grouped together and called penitential, meaning that when you read the psalm you find a prominent theme of self-confessed guilt. The psalmist realizes he's guilty and that he deserves...

Chapter 144

Psalms Book 5

If you have your Bibles with you, I'd invite you to turn with me to Psalm 144. This psalm draws on phrases and words and ideas found in a number of other psalms, at least four, but puts them together in a unique way. It's a royal psalm; a psalm of David. It's a psalm for he and his successor kings lifted up in petition to the Lord...

Chapter 145

Psalms Book 5

If you have your Bibles, I'd invite you to turn with me to Psalm 145. As you turn there, I would mention that this is the last of the psalms of David. We've gotten to that point in the Psalter. And it's an acrostic psalm, like seven others that we find in the Psalter. That is, each of its stanzas begins with a consecutive letter of the Hebrew...

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