The biblical instruction to give thanks is both a command and a blessing. Let’s consider that together. Reading: Psalm 147:1-11.
Life is not static! It moves at a fast pace, and for some of us the word “frenetic” is an apt description. The phrase “paths of righteousness…” in Psalm 23 is very interesting. At least two things are implied: 1) The shepherd leads us; 2) the shepherd’s path is the correct one. Whatever else is true about paths of righteousness, it seems that these paths should not be frenetic.
Pastor Dan brings the series Songs in the Night to a close with Psalm 44, which recounts the experience and prayer of the people of God as a whole after a bewildering defeat leaves them feeling abandoned by God. This Psalm has a lot to say to us, not only as individuals but as the church corporate.
Mankind has struggled with depression through the ages. Even notable theologians and historical figures were not exempt from its effects. There are no easy answers as to its causes or its cures. What can we learn from the psalmist’s struggle in Psalms 42-43 that will encourage us or those we know who are currently in this struggle?
From Psalm 73. The Psalmist Asaph finds himself comparing his circumstances with the success of people who were not following God’s ways. How do we keep from letting this comparison game consume us?
This is the start of a four-week series, called “Songs in the Night” – a study of several psalms that prepare us for long, dark nights of the soul, periods of soul anguish. This week we’ll look at Psalm 55 and the pain caused by deep betrayal. Where do we find comfort when we’ve been wounded by a close friend?
When you watch the news, or pray for friends, family, a situation, or the nations, do you ever feel a sense of hopelessness? Sometimes, we look around and think, “How can this situation change? What can be done here? How can evil be overcome?”