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Sermons on Psalms

March 21, 2021 Sermon – Return from the Wilderness: Wrath

So…yeah…wrath happens, even with otherwise ordinary people…most likely involving those with whom we’re closest to in life because they are the people over whom we have enough power to act out of wrath… So…yeah, wrath is bad.  Wrath is dangerous.  It harms the people toward whom we act with wrath, and it harms us…. So, my friends, leave wrath to the realm of God, and prevent the pain – to others and yourself – that results from wrath.

November 22, 2020 Sermon – Giving Thanks Amidst COVID-19

If we, friends and members of First Christian Church, Grand Junction, take this opportunity to give thanks to God – being sure to direct our thanksgiving to God – even amidst one of the most tragic years in recent memory, we will set ourselves on a course of turning away from the pain of 2020 and toward the wonder of all God has done, all God is doing, and all God will do for us and for all people.  And if we allow the course we chart on this one day of the year become a pattern for every day of the year, we might just discover a spirit of thanksgiving toward God can and will become our default position, regardless of the circumstances that surround us.

Discernment: It’s for Everybody

And while some people have a special gift for discernment…just like some people have a special gift for prayer…EVERY person can in some way discern the will of God.  YOU can in some way discern the will of God…for ANYthing…as long as you take the time to ask and listen. If you want some specific tools for how to do this, come back next Sunday. 

Those Amazing Moments

I wonder, have you had the kind of amazing moments I have described? I wonder, have you had the kind of amazing moments the Israelites had? I wonder, do you WANT to have those kinds of moments – those moments in which you feel like dancing….and singing…and playing instruments…and praising God with all you’ve got? Do you want to have those kinds of moments?

The Psalms: Doxology

My friends, Psalm 150, this great psalm of doxology, this psalm that reminds us to praise God over and again, this Psalm 150 is a reminder to us that all our lives are made to praise God differently! And while the ways of the world might tell us to allow those differences to divide us, to cause us to think, to BELIEVE, that one way of praising God is better than another, and that the better way is OUR way, the reality is that the way of blessing is to praise God in whatever way YOU are inclined to praise God and to both allow and encourage every other to praise God in whatever way EACH is inclined to praise God.

The Psalms: Salvation History

Now, I want to give you a chance to experience what those Israelites experienced…because Psalms of Salvation History don’t have to be confined to the past; they don’t have to be confined to the Old Testament or to the book of the Psalms. God has been working amazing deeds for Christians, for US, for thousands of years. And we can write and recite Psalms of Salvation History in OUR time as we prepare for the future God has in store for us.

Psalms: Lament

Ultimately, the purpose of a psalm of lament is to help the worshipper – that’s YOU – move from spiritual pain to spiritual joy. In psalm 69, the author begins with “save me, O God” and ends with “The Lord hears the needy…let the heavens and earth praise Him.” That’s what God wants for you when you’re in pain. That’s what I want for you when you’re in pain. That’s what the psalmists want for you when you’re in pain…a movement from suffering to joy.

Psalms: Praise

I read from a commentator on Psalm 113 this week these words: “Such a faith (as that of the psalmist in Psalm 113) makes all the difference in life.” Wouldn’t you agree? If, no matter what situation you find yourself in, no matter how bad it gets, you KNOW deep down, that the almighty and all-powerful creator of the heavens and the earth is AWARE of your situation and will work to resolve it, to bring you from pain to blessing….if you KNOW that, doesn’t it make all the difference?