Preaching the Psalms

Every year about this time, we set aside a few weeks to preach through a handful of psalms.  This year Bryan and I will be working through Psalms 73-75.  As you may know, the Israelites used the Psalter in corporate worship during Old Testament times, much like a songbook would be used in the more modern era.   It is true, that these songs recorded for us in the book of  psalms are quite ancient, but they remain terribly relevant for us today.

Although, cultures and circumstances change through the centuries, human beings remained fundamentally the same.  We, like the writers of the psalms, David, Asaph and Moses are all broken by sin and in desperate need of God’s grace.  The psalms are helpful for us today because they give us an accurate portrayal of this reality.   The psalms are neither overly triumphant nor overly pessimistic.  They are neither all joy nor all pain.  The psalms remind us that the Christian life is a mixture of hardship and pleasure, and they help us to see that the full range of human emotion is part and parcel of trusting God in a sin cursed world.

So whether you find yourself in a joyful Psalm 75:1 season:
“We give thanks to you, O God; we give thanks, for your name is near.”

Or your feel stuck in the dark valley of  Psalm 73:16:
“But when I thought how to understand this, it seemed to me a wearisome task. . .”

We hope you will freshly hear God’s voice in the Psalms and be reminded that he is worthy of your trust no matter what circumstances you are facing.  The normal Christian life is full of both delight and sorrow, but we all must believe that the  Lord is ALWAYS “the strength of my heart and my portion forever.”

Ryan McCammack