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Chapter 130

Psalms Book 5

Sermon on May 13, 2012

Psalm 130:1-8

It's hard to sing that song and not go on to the fifth stanza where the resolution comes, but we’ll be able to sing that, God willing, at the end of the service tonight. I love Luther's rendition of Psalm 130. You can sense his own investment in the truth of this psalm even in the way he paraphrases it, in the way that he roots it in...

Sermon on Jul 2, 2017

Psalm 130

Would you look at it with me just for a moment before we read it together and let me give you these four headings? First of all, in verses 1 and 2, there is prayer. The psalmist is praying. Then in verses 3 and 4, there is preaching – although he's still in this mode of prayer, he's really speaking to his own heart as much as he...

Please turn with me in your copy of God’s Word to Psalm 130. And as you all are turning there I would be remiss if I didn’t offer just a few thank-yous as I stand here. First, to the session of this church, it’s a privilege that your session takes serious to guard this pulpit and so your invitation to me to preach here is one I take...

Chapter 131

Psalms Book 5

Sermon on May 20, 2012

Psalm 131:1-3

If you’d take your Bibles in hand and turn with me to Psalm 131, we're continuing our way through the fifth book of the Psalms together. And as we're working through the fifth book of the Psalms, we are also working through the psalms of ascents, those songs that were sung by the pilgrims on the way to Jerusalem during the great, holy festivals. And this psalm is...

How Pilgrims Praise: Psalms of Ascent

Now turn with me to Psalm 131. I was just thinking about this great Psalm, as Ligon has just called it. It's a very short Psalm. Just glance down — it's only three verses. I wonder if you’re thinking ‘What in the world does this Psalm have to say?’ ‘Not much,’ I suppose, is what you’re thinking. But actually this beautiful, beautiful Psalm has a great deal to...

Chapter 132

Psalms Book 5

Sermon on Jun 3, 2012

Psalm 132:1-18

If you have your Bibles, I'd invite you to turn with me to Psalm 132 as we continue our way not only through the fifth book of the Psalms but through the songs of ascent. This psalm recalls several themes together in one compass. First of all, it recalls David's desire to build a temple for the Lord and that takes you back to 2 Samuel 7. You...

How Pilgrims Praise: Psalms of Ascent

Sermon on Jan 12, 2000

Psalm 132:1-18

Turn with me if you would to Psalm 132 as we come now very shortly to the close of these fifteen Ascent Psalms, Psalm 132, bearing as it does the title “Prayer for the Lord's Blessing upon the Sanctuary. A Song of Ascents.”

“Remember, O Lord, on David's behalf, all his affliction; How he swore to the Lord, and vowed to the Mighty One of Jacob, “Surely...

Chapter 133

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...

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...

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

Sermon on Jun 24, 2012

Psalm 134:1-3

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

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

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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...

Chapter 137

Psalms Book 5

Sermon on Jul 15, 2012

Psalm 137:1-9

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

Sermon on Jul 22, 2012

Psalm 138:1-8

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

Sermon on Mar 28, 2015

Psalm 139

A Service of Worship

Giving Glory and Thanks for the Life of

Barbara Scott Miller Currie

Psalms Book 5

Sermon on Aug 5, 2012

Psalm Psalm 139:1-24

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...

Sermon on Apr 14, 2019

Psalm 139

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...

Chapter 140

Psalms Book 5

Sermon on Aug 19, 2012

Psalm 140:1-13

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...

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