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Summer in the Psalms

Summer in the Psalms

June 2015 - September 2015
Sam Horn
Sun, Sep 06, 2015
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Speaker: Sam Horn - Psalm 8 is one of the hidden gems of the Hebrew Psalter. In this Psalm, David reflects on one of the most profound questions ever asked of God – “Why is man so important to You?” This psalm presents the amazing reality that we are always on God’s mind and always in his heart! Created in His image, situated at the apex of all of creation, and crowned with God’s own glory and honor – man stands at the pinnacle of all of God’s creative work. Yet in one drastic, willful act of sin all of this was ruined and now all men fall short of God’s glory. Behind this tragic fall stands an ancient enemy bent of rebelling against God, thwarting His purposes, and destroying His creation. But God has an answer – and he delivers that answer through the mouth of infants who by the strength of this answer defeat this ancient enemy both now and forever.
Pastor Lukus Counterman
Sun, Aug 30, 2015
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49 mins 28 secs
Speaker: Lukus Counterman - The late Supreme Court Justice, Louis Brandeis, once said to his frustrated, impatient daughter “My dear, if you would only recognize that life is hard, things would be so much easier for you.” The fact is, life is hard. It is kind of like a miry bog or a pit of quicksand. The harder we struggle against it, the deeper we sink. There is only one hope for people stuck in a pit; it’s the deliverance of God. In Psalm 40, David recounts how God drew him up from the pit of destruction, out of the miry bog and set his feet on a rock. May the Lord teach us call on him and wait on him when we find ourselves in the pit.
Pastor Jonathan Albright
Sun, Aug 23, 2015
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42 mins 6 secs
Speaker: Jonathan Albright - In the Christian life, there are difficult circumstances that we will face because of our identity as a Christian. Sooner or later we must come to grips with the reality that if you fly the flag of your faith it is only a matter of time that you will face opposition, slander, and false accusation. In the life of the church and culture today everybody knows that opposition is rising, and animosity towards Christianity is increasing. This is precisely what we are told will happen. The Bible tells us that all those who live godly in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution. Let's face it, our quick, natural reflex when we experience opposition for our faith is to respond by throwing our hands up in despair, pointing out who is to blame, retaliating, or becoming easily embittered or angry. But, quick responses don’t necessarily mean right responses. David was skilled at responding to those who were opposing him for his faith. As we examine his life we see a picture of what it looks like to have God-honoring responses in the face of opposition, and when he faces opposition for his faith, the responses that arise from his heart require a work of grace in order to be displayed. As we look at Psalm 17 this morning we are going to learn how to develop a heart that responds properly in the face of opposition.
Pastor Lukus Counterman
Sun, Aug 16, 2015
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58 mins 35 secs
Speaker: Lukus Counterman - In Psalm 42, the life of blessing has been tested in the crucible of experience. As one author aptly put it, the “How are you?” of life is for once answered truthfully: “I feel awful.” The psalmist shares real feelings about real life. The fact is, sometimes the life of faith feels more like a withered landscape in the midst of a drought than like a tree planted by rivers of water bringing forth fruit and prospering. Sometimes grief and wearisome sadness sweep over us like wave upon wave and we feel overwhelmed. So what are we to do when we are struggling with spiritual depression? What can we do when we are distressed or oppressed? What can we do when we are taunted from without and within? The psalmist echoes his advice. We must preach to ourselves and pray to our God.
Pastor Lukus Counterman
Sun, Aug 09, 2015
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53 mins 29 secs
Speaker: Lukus Counterman - Psalm 139 celebrates the omniscience and omnipresence of God. It is ascribed to David. There is, perhaps, no other place in Scripture where the bigness of God is as strikingly set forth as it is in Psalm 139. One scholar wrote, "Both in loftiness of thought and in expressive beauty of language, Psalm 139 stands preeminent, and it is not surprising that it has been called 'the crown of the Psalms.'" The superscription addresses the Psalm to the choir director. This is an indication that the Psalm was to be set to music for use in public worship. The entire congregation was to use the Psalm. Its utterances were to be adopted by every member of the congregation. As we study it this morning, may the Lord impress his greatness on our hearts and cause us to live acceptably in his presence.
Pastor Lukus Counterman
Sun, Aug 02, 2015
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48 mins 51 secs
Speaker: Lukus Counterman - Psalm 90 is the oldest in the psalter; it’s written by Moses. This psalm is a reflection on the transience of life. It contemplates the nature of life under God’s wrath and affirms the necessity of living aright in the presence of the Lord. Only in God’s presence with His favor can life be lived with significance and satisfaction. May the Lord rescue us from the futility of life apart from Him. May He give us a heart of wisdom as we seek Him this morning.
Pastor Lukus Counterman
Sun, Jul 26, 2015
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45 mins 21 secs
Speaker: Lukus Counterman - Who rules the earth? God reigns in heaven and extends his will downward into our sphere through his appointed King in Zion. God’s reign, hidden and invisible though it may appear now, is the only true reality. What we have in Psalm 2 is a wide-angle lens, which offers a theological perspective for interpreting world events. The psalm calls us to trust in God and look for an era when all enemies will be removed, the anointed King will be enthroned, and the universal rule of the Sovereign one will bring ultimate peace. May the Lord help us to “kiss the Son,” and embrace the reign of the true King this morning.
Pastor Lukus Counterman
Sun, Jul 19, 2015
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49 mins 24 secs
Speaker: Lukus Counterman - Psalm 67 is an expression of Israel’s calling to be a kingdom of priests and a light to the nations. It is sometimes referred to as a “missionary psalm.” The writer is concerned that the nations will learn God’s saving way and fear him; thus he calls all the peoples of the earth to acknowledge the sovereignty and bounty of God. The present blessings, after all, are a foretaste of greater blessings to come for those who acknowledge the Lord by faith. The prayer of the psalmist is that God would pour out His rich blessings, not so that they can be heaped up and horded, but so that God’s grace might be channeled to the ends of the earth.
Pastor Will Galkin
Sun, Jul 12, 2015
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55 mins 14 secs
Speaker: Will Galkin - We all stumble, struggle and sin. Yet, many times our hardened hearts do not look to God for mercy and grace. Some of us out of pride try to convince ourselves and others that our deeds of self righteousness outweigh our shortcomings. Some of us out of fear cover our sin and hope that others forget about it even though we cannot. Some of us motivated out of laziness leave it unresolved for all to see. All of these responses are failing to see what God wants. He does not want us to cover it up or merely conform. He desires that we would find forgiveness with Him. What he delights in is a broken and contrite heart. Brokenness can be defined as the shattering of my will so that my every action and reaction is controlled by the Spirit of God. This morning we will look to 2 Samuel 11-12 and see The Need for a Broken Heart. Then in Psalm 51 we will see the Prayer of a Broken Heart. May God help all of His people have hearts that are broken and contrite.
Pastor Lukus Counterman
Sun, Jul 05, 2015
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55 mins 6 secs
Speaker: Lukus Counterman - Psalm 23 is easily the most famous and most familiar chapter in the Psalms. If the average American knows anything about the Bible, he or she probably knows the opening line, “The Lord is my shepherd.” Depth and strength underlie the simplicity of this ancient song. Its peace is not escape. Its contentment is not complacency. There is a readiness to face deep darkness and imminent attack because of the presence of the Lord. Psalm 23 gives us words of faith to speak out loud in times of difficulty. It points us toward trust in God. May the Lord help us this morning as weak sheep and weary travelers, to find all that we need in God – our kind shepherd and gracious host.