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Psalm 75 — Here Comes the Judge

Psalm 75 — Here Comes the Judge

BIG IDEA: GOD IS COMING AS JUDGE TO PUT DOWN THE WICKED AND EXALT THE RIGHTEOUS(:1) INTRODUCTION:A. The Righteous Anticipate Judgment with Praise”We give thanks to Thee, O God”B. Judgment is Near”Thy name is near”C. Judgment is Included in...
Psalm 74 — Consider the Covenant

Psalm 74 — Consider the Covenant

BIG IDEA: THE STAKES ARE TOO HIGH FOR GOD TO ABANDON HIS PEOPLE TO DEFEAT AND REJECTIONI. (:1-11) GOD’S PEOPLE APPEAR TO BE DEFEATED AND REJECTEDA. Images of Defeat and Rejection1. Rejected (:1)2. Smoked by God’s Anger (:1)3. Ruined (:3)4. Damaged (:3)5....
Psalm 73 — The Antidote for the Root of Bitterness

Psalm 73 — The Antidote for the Root of Bitterness

BIG IDEA: STICK CLOSE TO GOD AND BITTERNESS WON’T STICK TO YOUINTRODUCTION:Bitterness is a tough enemy to get rid of. The more you give it a foothold, the more it festers and grows and contaminates your whole being.I. HOW DOES BITTERNESS WORM ITS WAY DEEP INTO...
Psalm 72 — Special Requests for the Reign of the Messiah

Psalm 72 — Special Requests for the Reign of the Messiah

BIG IDEA: THY KINGDOM COME (IN THE PERSON OF THE MESSIAH AND HIS RULE) / SHOWERS OF BLESSINGINTRODUCTION:Clearly a Messianic Psalm; the prayers of David (partially and typically fulfilled in Solomon) repeated as the prayers of Solomon with the ultimate Son of David...
Psalm 71 — Assisted Living But No Retirement

Psalm 71 — Assisted Living But No Retirement

BIG IDEA: SPIRITUAL WARFARE DOES NOT ALLOW FOR RETIREMENT IN OUR OLD AGEINTRODUCTION:Retirement is not an option in the Christian life as we struggle against sin and against the enemies of our soul. We are called to persevere in the faith, and that requires active...
Psalm 70 — HELP!

Psalm 70 — HELP!

BIG IDEA: HURRY UP AND RESCUE ME!(cf. Psalm 40:13-17 – minor variations)I. (:1) HURRY UP AND RESCUE ME!A. Hurry UpKeyword = “Hasten”Often God does not seem to move quickly enough for usB. Rescue MeDeliver meHelp meII. (:2-3) TURN THE TABLES ON THE BAD GUYS...
Psalm 69 — The Pain of Reproach

Psalm 69 — The Pain of Reproach

BIG IDEA:THE PAIN OF REPROACH CAN BREAK THE HEART OF THE RIGHTEOUS, BUT GOD CAN STILL DELIVERINTRODUCTION:Certainly David experienced the pain of much unjustified persecution; but this psalm has clear Messianic implications throughout (with the exception of v.5 which...
Psalm 67 — When God Blesses Us

Psalm 67 — When God Blesses Us

BIG IDEA: WHEN BLESSINGS COME DOWN, PRAISE AND RESPECT SHOULD GO UPI. (:1-3) GOD’S PEOPLE SEEK BLESSINGS SO THAT GOD MAY BE KNOWN AND PRAISEDA. The Nature of God’s Blessings1. Be Gracious2. Bless Us3. Cause His face to shine upon usHow should we seek these...
Psalm 66 — Our Awesome God

Psalm 66 — Our Awesome God

BIG IDEA: OUR GOD IS AN AWESOME GOD:WORTHY OF OUR WORSHIP AND PRAISEI. (:1-4) AWESOME IN HIS WORKS OF POWERHymn: “O Worship the King, All Glorious Above”A. (:1-2) The Glory of His Name Calls for Glorious PraiseB. (:3) The Greatness of His Power Calls for Joyful...
Psalm 65 — Thanksgiving for God’s Horn of Plenty

Psalm 65 — Thanksgiving for God’s Horn of Plenty

BIG IDEA: THE ABUNDANCE OF GOD’S POWER AND BLESSING –BOTH IN NATURE AND IN OUR LIVES –QUIETS OUR HEART IN AWE AND EXCITES OUR HEART IN PRAISEINTRODUCTION:Thanksgiving is a time for us to step back and to consider how good we really have it....
Psalm 64 — Turning the Tables

Psalm 64 — Turning the Tables

BIG IDEA: THE WICKED ARE THE ONLY LOSERS WHEN THEY TRY TO AMBUSH THE RIGHTEOUSI. (:1-2) HIDE ME FROM SECRET ATTACKSA. Hear my voiceBring our complaints to God as prayers for deliveranceB. Preserve my life”from the dread of the enemy”Not just deliverance...
Psalm 63 — Satisfying a Thirsty Soul

Psalm 63 — Satisfying a Thirsty Soul

BIG IDEA: GOD’S LOVINGKINDNESS IS BETTER THAN LIFEI. (:1) WILDERNESS WANDERINGS CREATE A THIRST FOR GODKey = to keep earnestly seeking after GodII. (:2-5) RENEWED CONFIDENCE IN GOD’S LOVINGKINDNESS MOTIVATES PRAISE FROM A SATISFIED SOULKey = A Renewed Vision of...
Psalm 62 — He Only Is My Rock and My Salvation

Psalm 62 — He Only Is My Rock and My Salvation

BIG IDEA: SECURITY MUST BE FOUND IN GOD ALONEINTRODUCTION:Where do people look for security?I. THESIS STATEMENT / REFRAIN — TESTIMONY OF A MAN OF FAITHSECURITY MUST BE FOUND IN GOD ALONE (:1-2)Heb. word “alone” occurs 6 times at the beginning of...
Psalm 61 — The Rock of Refuge

Psalm 61 — The Rock of Refuge

BIG IDEA: THE FAINT-HEARTED APPRECIATE GOD AS THEIR SOLID ROCK OF REFUGEI. (:1-4) PRAYER FOR REFUGE CONNECTS THE FAINT-HEARTED WITH THEIR TOWER OF STRENGTHA. (:1) Prayer Seeks an Audience with God”Hear my cry, O God””Give heed to my prayer”B....
Psalm 60 — Raise the Banner of the Love of God

Psalm 60 — Raise the Banner of the Love of God

BIG IDEA: WE NEED TO RALLY ROUND THE BANNER OF THE LOVE OF GOD IN THE PERSON OF JESUS CHRIST IN ORDER TO GAIN THE VICTORY THAT GOD DESIRES FOR USINTRODUCTION:King David is struggling with the painful reality of personal and national defeat. Things are going poorly;...
Psalm 59 — God Is My Stronghold

Psalm 59 — God Is My Stronghold

BIG IDEA: THE STRONGHOLD OF GOD IS OUR REFUGE FROM FIERCE ATTACKERSINTRODUCTION:This week I had the opportunity to visit Cochises’ Stronghold in the desert outside of Tucson, AZ. Very Impressive; a place of safety and refuge; no good way for the enemy to...
Psalm 58 — Surely There is a God Who Judges On Earth

Psalm 58 — Surely There is a God Who Judges On Earth

BIG IDEA: WICKED RULERS WILL GET WHAT’S COMING TO THEM =THE WRATH OF GODINTRODUCTION:Imprecatory Psalm”Vengeance is mine” saith the LordAnswers the Questions:Is there a God who really judges?Can wicked rulers get away with injustice and lies?Will the...
Psalm 57 — Worship From the Cave of Danger

Psalm 57 — Worship From the Cave of Danger

BIG IDEA:IN THE MIDST OF DANGER WE CAN WORSHIP GOD FOR HIS KINDNESS AND TRUTHI. (:1-3) GOD’S KINDNESS AND TRUTH WILL SHELTER ME FROM DESTRUCTIONA. (:1) Take Shelter in God”He hideth my soul in the cleft of the rock”1. God’s Shelter is...
Psalm 56 — When I Am Afraid I Will Put My Trust In Thee

Psalm 56 — When I Am Afraid I Will Put My Trust In Thee

BIG IDEA: ONLY FAITH IN GOD CAN CONQUER FEAR OF MANINTRODUCTION:Fear is a powerful, paralyzing forceI. (:1-2) FEAR OF MAN IS THE NATURAL REACTION TO PERSISTENT OPPRESSIONA. How does it feel to be Trampled Upon all day long?“Be gracious, O God, for man has trampled...