psalms for adversity

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Used by permission. No attempt has been made, however, to alter the basic extemporaneous delivery style, or to produce a grammatically accurate, publication-ready manuscript conforming to an established style template. Now there’s a lot to choose from there, let me say! “Lord, I’m going to believe Your Word though if anybody in this crowd challenged me to show them how Your Word had proved to be true, I wouldn’t have the slightest clue how to make the case for that.” So in the midst of his perplexity, he is suffering with hope by singing God’s Word back to Him. Many are rising against me; 2 many are saying to me, “There is no help for you # 3.2 Syr: Heb him in God.” Selah. And then you get to verse 38 and following and it's all, "Lord, none of this has come to pass. And the hymn that we’re about to sing now – go ahead and open your hymnals to number 108. May He write its eternal truth upon all our hearts. And so this is a theological crisis that’s being sung about in worship. They remind us that even if the world is crumbling, God remains strong and our eternal salvation ever sure. (NLT) The power of God to be always in our presence is the sureness of Faith that endures in time of strife. That’s how I remember it. Psalm 38:17 For I am ready to halt, and my sorrow is continually before me. And you know, a minister on a day like that is thinking, “One of the hard things you’re going to have to do is pray with the family before you go into that funeral.” And I had been thinking all morning long, “What am I going to say, Lord, as I pray that prayer?” And before I could open my mouth, Paul called everybody together and he said, “Come together. 2 Bow down thine ear to me; deliver me speedily: be thou my strong rock, for an house of defence to save me. You crushed Rahab like a carcass; you scattered your enemies with your mighty arm. We … Psalm 1 Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked or stand in the way that sinners take or sit in the company of mockers, but whose delight is in the law of the Lord, and who meditates on his law day and night. If you are preparing for a funeral or unveiling, or just seeking personal comfort and knowledge, below are a few select psalms that we found meaningful. Psalm 91 Psalm 121. A Psalm of David, when he fled from his son Absalom. You know, Beethoven's 9th and you’re singing, “Joyful, joyful, we adore Thee” at the end of the symphony. "Lord, hear me because of Your steadfast love, because of Your lovingkindness, because of Your covenant love. The whole hymn is about this theme. Table of contents Psalm 16 Psalm 23. We have no hope! You have renounced the covenant with your servant; you have defiled his crown in the dust. “O Lord, I’ve always wanted to be married and You’ve not seen fit to give me a spouse.” “O Lord, I’ve always wanted to be married and now I’m married and I wish I wasn’t.” “O Lord, I’ve always wanted to have children and You haven’t given me children.” “O Lord, I always wanted children and You gave me children and now they’ve broken my heart.” “O Lord, I’ve always wanted to serve You with all my heart, mind, soul and strength, but I am facing cancer that’s going to kill me.” “O Lord, I’ve always wanted to serve You in my vocation and I’ve lost my job.” And on and on and on and on. Many are rising against me; 2 many are saying of me, there is no help for him in God. Psalms 9:9 Context. I cry aloud to the LORD, … "The Lord gave, the Lord takes away, blessed be the name of the Lord," and he fell down on his face and he worshiped God. It's just like Job. It’s always time to praise our God. I don’t feel like singing. Many are rising against me; many are saying to me, ‘There is no help for you in God.’Selah But you, O LORD, are a shield around me, my glory, and the one who lifts up my head. You’ve got to understand that to understand the psalm. I was their pastor for seventeen years. Psalm 1:1-2 Psalm 2 I will crush his foes before him and strike down those who hate him. And maybe if you’re new here and you look around, you see well-dressed, seemingly happy, healthy, handsome, beautiful people who don’t have any problems. And so what are you going to say to somebody who is about to go through that? Not with blind unbelief but with trust in His providence. And I’m not sure I really understood Psalm 89 the way I should have when I preached through it the first time. Psalm 71:10,11 For mine enemies speak against me; and they that lay wait for my soul take counsel together, … adversity [heb. And you can’t really believe in God’s providence unless you believe in the Gospel. "We're mocked! So before we read it, let’s pray and let’s ask God for His help and blessing as we read it and study it together. The north and the south, you have created them; Tabor and Hermon joyously praise your name. We went through all one hundred fifty psalms and then we spent twenty-two weeks in Psalm 119 later on. Selah. Guy Richard, who worked with young adults a number of years ago, leads our Atlanta campus. 7 Arise, O Lord! “I have sworn and I will not change! You yawn, stretch, and take a deep sigh. You don't know where he came from and you don't know where he's going! If you step on the sand it leaves footprints and you can follow them and figure out where the person has come from and where the person is going. Should there be questions regarding grammar or theological content, the reader should presume any website error to be with the webmaster/transcriber/editor rather than with the original speaker. Remember when you get to Psalm 145, all the way to Psalm 150, you get these songs of praise. Psalms 35:15 Context. So you have to believe that He is the ruler over everything and you have to believe He’s good. If you don’t think that He is the ruler of everything, how in the world can you expect Him to bring purpose out of perplexity? “For the eyes of the LORD run to … They’re going to be separated from families, they’re going to lose their business and livelihood and reputation. The adversity and suffering and perplexity expressed in this psalm has engulfed all the people of God. But when you get to verse 38, you find out there is no Davidic king of David on the throne and the children of Israel have been sent off into exile and even the ones who have now been brought back have been brought back to a city whose walls are broken down. And my friends, I’ve seen that here at First Presbyterian Church with my own eyes. So people in that little congregation in Asia Minor are going to be killed, they’re going to be imprisoned, they’re going to be exiled; some are going to be sent to the salt mines. Who among the heavenly beings is like the Lord, a God greatly to be feared in the council of the holy ones, and awesome above all who are around him? You have cut short the days of his youth; you have covered him with shame. God’s purposes will ripen. But three things very briefly. supports HTML5 video, Sermon by Sanctify us with truth; Your Word is truth. 55:10, 11 deceit and oppression; Under his tongue is trouble and iniquity. 3:14) His mouth is full of cursing and # Ps. But I will sing of the mercies of the Lord! All who pass by plunder him; he has become the scorn of his neighbors. Reading: Psalm 44 (Verses 9-16) But now you have rejected and humbled us; you no longer go out with our armies. It’s one of my favorite sayings. Your eyes flutter open after a restful sleep warmly tucked under the covers. I remember us all gathered in Miller Hall getting ready to go into the gymnasium because this building did not exist at that time. Will you hide yourself forever? For our shield belongs to the Lord, our king to the Holy One of Israel. Psalm 88 is perhaps the lowest point, the darkest point, the deepest pit that you find in the Psalms. "Praise God for His promises to David. And then suddenly the children of God are exiled. I will not violate my covenant or alter the word that went forth from my lips. He and the rest of his people are deep in adversity. So mercy’s work may be apparently slow and you may not be able to figure out what God is doing, but if He’s sovereign and if He’s good and if you trust Him, He will take care of you. Verse 17. Psalm 9:9 And Jehovah is a tower for the bruised, A tower for times of adversity. Praise God for His promises and His blessing upon His people." Many are rising against me;2 many are saying of me,    there is no help for him in God.Selah, 3 But thou, O Lord, art a shield about me,    my glory, and the lifter of my head.4 I cry aloud to the Lord,    and he answers me from his holy hill.Selah. 525 A Street, N.E. "Remember, O Lord, your servants are mocked! This psalm reminds us that the Christian life is filled with perplexity, but it also reminds us that it’s always time to praise God, no matter what, and that the key to living and thriving in the Christian life is trusting God’s providence. We're insulted! Having been saved out of Egypt, she would be settled in the land of promise and would have rest on all her side from her enemies and she would always dwell in the land. He sings for God’s steadfast love. The superscription tells us that this is “a Psalm of David”, dating it to “the day that the LORD delivered him from the hand of all his enemies, and from the hand of Saul” (cf. We've been in exile. William Cowper, the best friend of John Newton, who was the poet-laureate of England wrote a hymn that we sing a lot around here, "God Moves In a Mysterious Way." You’re just basically singing Psalm 89 verses 1 and 2. Heavenly Father, thank You for Your Word. In other words, this providence may look really bad, but if He's sovereign and if He's good and if He's merciful to you in Jesus Christ, He will take care of you. And the answer is, "God's providence." It’s a hymn about providence; it’s a hymn about trusting providence. 8 Deliverance belongs to the Lord;    thy blessing be upon thy people!Selah. To view recordings of our entire services, visit our Facebook page. A Psalm of David, when he fled from Absalom his son. Of old you spoke in a vision to your godly one and said: ‘I have granted help to one who is mighty; I have exalted one chosen from the people. Psalms for Times of Adversity, an album by David and the High Spirit on Spotify We and our partners use cookies to personalize your experience, to show you ads based on your interests, and for measurement and analytics purposes. Jeremiah 20:10 I was thinking yesterday and this morning about the significant impact of First Presbyterian Church on the very existence of Reformed Theological Seminary where I have been serving the last five years. And in the midst of that adversity, he writes this song and has it sung in the worship of God as the people of God gather there on the temple mound to offer up praises to Him. 1 O Lord, how many are my foes! You rule … And a promise had been made that David would always be on the throne; there would always be an heir to the Davidic throne. Peter says, “Hi.” Then the very first thing he does in verses 3, 4, and 5 is sing a doxology. His offspring shall endure forever, his throne as long as the sun before me. No darkness, no darkness in this world exempts us from needing to express praise to Him for His perfections. Gradual from 3rd Sunday moved here and expanded! A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity. You have exalted the right hand of his foes; you have made all his enemies rejoice. Adversity so we See God and the Need for Jesus. I will establish his offspring forever and his throne as the days of the heavens. I can look out in the congregation. Psalms That Calm. - A friend loveth at all times, and a brother is born for adversity. 3 O Lord, how many are my foes! Psalm 145:13-17 For your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom. 18 Surely Thou dost set them in slippery places; Thou dost cast them down to destruction. As inspired prayers and hymns, Psalms offers an example of how we may communicate with God. And you just sing that Word back to God and believe that Word back to God until He opens the way. When you look at the first thirty-seven verses of Psalm 89, it looks like a praise psalm that you would meet at the end of the Psalter. We know You're sovereign over all these things. But then it goes on to praise God for His sovereignty. This is the Word of God. Selah  But now you have cast off and rejected; you are full of wrath against your anointed. Study and savor these psalms below – which beckon us to God and guard us from the temptation of anxiety. Just put these two things together. I highly encourage you to read the psalms in completion, but here are a few … It’s a seed you sowed and the Lord has seen fit to bear fruit in it. 14. used for votive masses such as earthquakes and congress, Ordinary Time and Advent weekdays and Sundays! Selah  Lord, where is your steadfast love of old, which by your faithfulness you swore to David? I’m going to lead us in prayer.” I will never forget that moment. November 18, 2018. And I want us to draw some application from the psalmist’s experience of adversity because we are called to adversity in the Christian life. So one of the things we're praising God for is the Gospel. The Lord a Fortress in Adversity - To the Chief Musician. My faithfulness and my steadfast love shall be with him, and in my name shall his horn be exalted. You have to believe God's providence even when you don't understand it. All of these things, no matter what our circumstances are – God is deserving of our praise because of these things. Psalms 27:5,6 For he will hide me in his shelter in the day of trouble; he will conceal me under the cover of his tent; he will lift me high upon a rock. Like the moon, it shall be established forever, a faithful witness in the skies.' who have set themselves against me round about. How long will your wrath burn like fire? Listen to the language. We don’t know exactly what the personal situation was in Psalm 88 but it is bad. He starts with a doxology. In fact, if you look in the hymnbook, it’s in the section on providence. So what the whole psalm is about, really, "Lord, how do we put Your Word and Your promises together with Your providence and our perplexity? It's always time to praise God. Psalm 56:3 What time I am afraid, I will trust in thee. I loved preaching through the Psalms here at First Pres. 6 O thou enemy, destructions are come to a perpetual end: and thou hast destroyed cities; their memorial is perished with them. “Lord, I’m going to believe Your Word though if anybody in this crowd challenged me to show them how Your Word had proved to … 13 But as for me, when they were sick, my clothing was sackcloth: I humbled my soul with fasting; and my prayer returned into mine own bosom. And so what I’ve been doing is I’ve been going off and preaching one-off – I’ve been re-preaching the sermons that I didn’t think I did a very good job on! Christianity, knowing Jesus savingly, believing the Gospel, believing your Bible, walking with the Lord in this life does not exempt you from suffering and perplexity. Psalm 32 Psalm 34:19. You’re just not waiting for verse 38. Bill Hughes used to say, “There’s heartbreak on every pew,” and that’s true. Blessed is the man whom You instruct, O Lord, and teach out Your law; that You may give him relief from the days of adversity, until the pit is dug for the wicked (Psalm 94:12-13). We’re not exempt from suffering and perplexity, but we are equipped to suffer with hope. Selah  Let the heavens praise your wonders, O Lord, your faithfulness in the assembly of the holy ones! It’s always time to praise our God. See what I mean? Remember how short my time is! All Scripture is given by inspiration and is profitable for teaching, reproof, correction, and training in righteousness that we may be equipped for every good work. And even when they come back from the nations, they are a remnant, and they come back to Jerusalem with broken walls so that the neighbors around Jerusalem can easily plunder the city and they constantly mock the inhabitants. ADVENT I: PSALM 80 “Lord, make us turn to you; let us see your face and we shall be saved.”! Ligon Duncan - A Psalm for Adversity (Psalms 89:1-52) from Capitol Hill Baptist Church on Podchaser, aired Sunday, 20th January 2019. Psalm 68:19 Praise be to the Lord, to God our Savior, who daily bears our burdens. 3 For the wicked boasteth of his heart's desire, and blesseth the covetous, whom the LORD abhorreth. I remember where I stood, I remember who I talked to. O Lord God of hosts, who is mighty as you are, O Lord, with your faithfulness all around you? | Washington, D.C. 20002 +1 (202) 543-6111 © 2019 Capitol Hill Baptist Church. That's how Psalm 51 begins. You have made his splendor to cease and cast his throne to the ground. 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