I cannot wait to begin our summer series on June 7th – Psalms [Vol. 2]. Here is the rundown of the series.
- The psalms teach us how to speak to God. We all need help learning how to do that better.
- Psalms cover every range of human emotions. During these days, we have a lot of emotions we need to process.
- This huge section of Scripture is often overlooked in preaching and teaching.
- Since each psalm is essentially independent of the others, it is a great summer series since people will be traveling more and the content doesn’t build on each other week to week.
- From the time school lets out to when it gets back in, we can cover 12 psalms.
- While I am not planning on doing it this way, you could get through the entire Book of Psalms by preaching 10 or so psalms every summer over 15 years.
Instead of picking my favorite psalms, I am using the daily process of praying a psalm.
The way it works is I use the calendar day of the month, and I daily chose that number to coincide with the psalm I pray as a spiritual discipline. I either pray that day’s psalm number or an increment of 30. For example, on June 7th, I would either pray Psalm 7, 37, 67, 97, or 127.
I decided to explore that route. I looked at every date and studied through the 5 options as they also related to the other dates for this summer. What I found was it forced me to pick psalms in different types of categories.
- Psalms [Vol. 2] – Inspired by God for God
- June 7, 2020 – The Blessings of God for the Mission of God [Psalm 67:1-7] – God’s blessing is a means to the end of God’s way being known among all nations. How are we using the gifts of God to fulfill the commission of God?
- June 14, 2020 – I AM the Center of the Universe [Psalm 104:1-35] – We mistakenly live as if we are the center of the universe. If we can truly understand the might of our Creator, we can finally grasp our proper perspective as part of the creation.
- June 21, 2020 – Hardships Don’t Give a Free Pass for Sin [Psalm 141:1-10] – We often need God’s protection from wicked people, but do we ever consider the protection we need from our own sinful habits? Just because we experience struggles does not mean that we can justify sin.
- June 28, 2020 – Grow in Gratitude [Psalm 118:1-29] – Life has a way of increasing our anxiety, but God’s faithfulness should embolden our capacity to trust him. If we genuinely comprehend who he is and what he has done, we will grow in gratitude.
- July 5, 2020 – More Than the Man Upstairs [Psalm 95:1-11] – True worshipers can never perceive God as merely the “man upstairs.” As the Sovereign Maker, he is alone worthy of extravagant worship.
- July 12, 2020 – When Depression Deepens [Psalm 42:1-11] – When depression deepens, every person will either draw closer to God or further away from him. When all hope seems to be lost, resolve to hope in God nonetheless.
- July 19, 2020 – Investigate Me [Psalm 139] – God is infinitely responsible and yet intimately involved. Since God knows every detail about every person, we are to welcome him to investigate the deepest part of our lives.
- July 26, 2020 – Walking with God Is More Than a One-Time Decision [Psalm 26:1-12] – Just because David had walked with integrity in the past did not guarantee that he would in the future. Walking with God is a continual commitment to pursuing biblical obedience.
- August 2, 2020 – Are You Sure God Has Forgiven You? [Psalm 32:1-11] – Many people claim to follow God yet live in continual guilt due to sin. The life that is truly forgiven is confident in the mercy of God.
- August 9, 2020 – God Never Overlooks the Oppressed [Psalm 9:1-20] – When people oppress us, we have to maintain a patient perspective of trust. Whether now or later, God will eventually make every wrong situation right.
- August 16, 2020 – Be Still or Be Stilled [Psalm 46:1-11] – While our world is filled with chaos, our God is an unshakeable source of protection. Every person will eventually be still or be stilled in his presence.
- August 23, 2020 – The Shepherd and the Shadow [Psalm 23:1-6] – Even through the dark shadows of our lives, we have a Shepherd continually guiding us. A relationship with God provides a peace like none other.
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