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Psalm 50 — God Will Not Forget Those Who Forget Him

Psalm 50 — God Will Not Forget Those Who Forget Him

BIG IDEA: GOD’S INDICTMENT AGAINST HIS PEOPLE FOR: INSINCERE WORSHIP & UNRIGHTEOUS CONDUCTI. (:1-6) CALL TO JUDGMENT: “God Himself is Judge”A. Character of the Judge1. the Mighty One = God = the Lord2. the Holy King = perfection of beautyout of...
Psalm 49 — You Can’t Take It With You

Psalm 49 — You Can’t Take It With You

BIG IDEA: THE HOPE OF THE RIGHTEOUS VS. THE FALSE SECURITY OF THE FOOLISH(:1-4) INTRODUCTION: THIS WORD OF WISDOM APPLIES TO EVERYONEA. Exhortation to Listen Carefully (Listen Up!)”Hear this””Give ear”B. Scope of Application (No Partiality)1....
Psalm 48 — The City of God

Psalm 48 — The City of God

BIG IDEA: THE CELEBRATION OF THE CITY OF GODI. (:1-3) WORSHIP GOD FOR HIS ENTHRONEMENT IN HIS ROYAL CITYA. Call to Worship”Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised”B. City of God’s Enthronement”the city of our God””His holy...
Psalm 47 — A Great King Over All the Earth

Psalm 47 — A Great King Over All the Earth

BIG IDEA: IN THE ARENA OF NATIONS, GOD IS THE KING OF CAPTURE THE FLAGRESPONSE: JOIN IN SINGING THE WORLD ANTHEM (not just the National Anthem) OF:”ALL PRAISE TO HIM WHO REIGNS ABOVE IN MAJESTY SUPREME”(Blessed Be the Name)INTRODUCTION:Remember the game:...
Psalm 46 — God Is Our Refuge and Strength

Psalm 46 — God Is Our Refuge and Strength

BIG IDEA: THE BEST FORTRESS IS THE PRESENCE OF GODI. (:1-3) THE FORTRESS OF GOD PROTECTS AGAINST ALL ATTACKS — WE WILL NOT FEAR”A Mighty Fortress is our God”A. (:1) The Security of Our FortressB. (:2-3) The Power of the AttacksPictured as the Powerful...
Psalm 45 — Celebration of the Royal Wedding

Psalm 45 — Celebration of the Royal Wedding

BIG IDEA: A MAJESTIC BRIDEGROOM AND A BEAUTIFUL BRIDE PRODUCE MEMORABLE PRINCES(:1) INTRODUCTIONCelebration of the Royal Wedding = “A Good Theme”; a love psalm;a miniature Song of SolomonNote how many unpleasant themes comprise the bulk of our daily news...
Psalm 44 — Temporary Defeat

Psalm 44 — Temporary Defeat

BIG IDEA: GOD SOMETIMES GIVES TEMPORARY DEFEAT TO SET THE STAGE FOR MAGNIFYING HIS GLORY THRU DELIVERANCEINTRODUCTION:Israelite patriot being trampled over and seemingly ignored by God;Tone: mingling of faith and sorrowGod’s might as shown in deeds both of mercy...
Psalm 43 — Continued Hope in God

Psalm 43 — Continued Hope in God

BIG IDEA: CONTINUED HOPE IN GOD IS THE ONLY ANSWER FOR THE SOULSEARCHING QUESTIONS OF THE ISOLATED BELIEVER (PART 2)INTRODUCTION:(must be read in conjunction with Psalm 42 as a unit)(Review of Questions from Psalm 42)I. (:1) QUESTION FROM THE SCOFFERS TO THE ISOLATED...
Psalm 42 — Hope in God

Psalm 42 — Hope in God

BIG IDEA: CONTINUED HOPE IN GOD IS THE ONLY ANSWER FOR THE SOULSEARCHING QUESTIONS OF THE ISOLATED BELIEVER (PART 1)INTRODUCTION:(must be read in conjunction with Psalm 43 as a unit)I. (:1-4) QUESTION FROM THE SCOFFERS TO THE ISOLATED BELIEVER:”WHERE IS YOUR...
Psalm 41 — Blessed are the Merciful

Psalm 41 — Blessed are the Merciful

BIG IDEA: BLESSED ARE THE MERCIFUL FOR THEY SHALL RECEIVE MERCY(amplification of the Beatitude from Matthew 5:7)I. (:1-3) THE MERCIFUL WILL BE SUSTAINED BY THE MERCY OF GODA. His Character: The Merciful = The Helper of the Helplessmore blessed to give than to...
Psalm 40 — Some Things Never Change

Psalm 40 — Some Things Never Change

BIG IDEA: 6 CONSTANTS IN THE EQUATION FOR DIVINE DELIVERANCEINTRODUCTION:Clearly a Messianic PsalmI. (:1-3) PATIENCE IS STILL A VIRTUE — ANSWERING THE COMPLAINT OF THE IMPATIENT DESPERADOKey = we need to “Wait patiently for the Lord”A. (:1) The Lord has...
Psalm 39  — Our Response to the Discipline of the Lord

Psalm 39 — Our Response to the Discipline of the Lord

BIG IDEA: HOW TO TRANSFORM SULLEN DESPAIR INTO SUBMISSIVE DESPERATIONINTRODUCTION:One test of a good father = How well do you discipline your children? By discipline I don’t just mean the actual spanking itself (the execution of the appropriate punishment for...
Psalm 38 — Hanging On By a Thread

Psalm 38 — Hanging On By a Thread

BIG IDEA: CLINGING TO HOPE WHEN BURDENED BY SIN AND ATTACKED BY ENEMIESI. CLINGING TO HOPE WHEN BURDENED BY SIN =A HEAVY HEART (38:1-10) / A SICK PUPPYA. The Discipline from God (:1-3) (result of my sin)B. The Pain of it All (:4-8)C. The Glimmer of Hope (:9)The Lord...
Psalm 37 — Focus on the Finish Line

Psalm 37 — Focus on the Finish Line

BIG IDEA: 2 CONTRASTING RESPONSES TO THE PROSPERITY OF THE WICKED:PEACEFULLY PERSEVERE VS. FRANTICALLY FRETOr put more simply:WAIT VS. WORRYINTRODUCTION:The middle of a race is no time to stop running and evaluate where you stand!THE APPARENT PROSPERITY OF THE WICKED...
Psalm 35 — Calling in the Heavy Artillery

Psalm 35 — Calling in the Heavy Artillery

BIG IDEA: UNDESERVED, MALICIOUS, PERSONAL ATTACKS CALL FOR DIVINE VINDICATIONINTRODUCTION:When have you come under vicious, unjustified personal attack? What were the circumstances?How did you feel as your attackers heaped slander upon slander to try to ruin your good...
Psalm 33 — Songs of Joy

Psalm 33 — Songs of Joy

BIG IDEA: BECAUSE WE CAN COUNT ON GOD,OUR HEART SHOULD OVERFLOW WITH SONGS OF JOYI. (:1-5) SONGS OF JOY ARE APPROPRIATE FOR THE RIGHTEOUS BECAUSE GOD IS DEPENDABLE — A. VARIETY OF EXPRESSIONS OF JOY1. Variety of Nature of ExpressionSongs of JoyPraiseGive ThanksSing a...
Psalm 32 — Confession is the Best Medicine

Psalm 32 — Confession is the Best Medicine

BIG IDEA: CONFESSION OF SIN CONVERTS THE QUICKSAND FOR SUFFERING INTO THE CONCRETE FOR BLESSINGINTRODUCTION:one of the 7 penitential psalms (6; 32; 38; 51; 102; 130; 143)I. (:1-2) FORGIVEN SINS = THE CONCRETE FOR BLESSING(THE FIRM FOUNDATION)A. Even the worst sinner...
Psalm 31 — Hanging On

Psalm 31 — Hanging On

BIG IDEA: CLINGING TO HOPE IN PROLONGED TIMES OF TROUBLEContext: Trouble in the form of unwarranted persecution7 STEPS:I. (:1-3) TAKE REFUGE IN THE LORD“In Thee, O Lord, I have taken refuge”Goal: “Let me never be ashamed”(chiastic structure)A. 2 Reasons...