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Preaching Psalms

Overview

The Psalms gave voice to the ancient Israelites as they praised God for his wondrous deeds and pleaded with him to deliver them from their many enemies. Today Christians praise God for sending his one and only Son, Jesus Christ, to deliver believers from the great enemy of sin and death. We find in these great Psalms the whole range of human emotions, from grave despair to exultant joy. During his moment of greatest anguish Jesus cried out in the words of Psalm 22:1: 'My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?' Yet because took on the punishment we deserved for our sins, Christians joyfully sing the words of Psalm 27:1: "The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear?'

Recommended Resources

Workshops

Living Under Your King’s Reign Feb 15, 2009 | Author: Mark Futato | Topic: Psalms | Category: courses

Interviews

Finding Christ in the Psalms

Dennis E. Johnson
When we read what David wrote in Psalm 69, we see a preview of Jesus from someone who resembles him. But David, a sinner, is not fully like him. He is not the ultimate King, Redeemer, and Messiah. The psalm encourages readers to look for someone better.

The Psalms: Good News That Never Goes Out of Fashion

Collin Hansen
We read, pray, and sing the Psalms. But how to we preach and teach Jesus Christ and the gospel from these 150 chapters of the Bible? I posed that question and several others to Jason Hood—writer, teacher, and blogger for the Society for the Advancement of Ecclesial Theology.

Books

Psalms (Two Horizons Old Testament Commentary)

Geoffrey W. Grogan
Christopher Ash describes this book as "an excellent work both on the theology of the Psalms and then on individual Psalms."

The Psalms as Christian Worship: A Historical Commentary

Bruce K. Waltke and James M. Houston with Erika Moore
Waltke has been teaching and preaching the book of Psalms for more than 50 years. He establishes the meaning of the Hebrew text through careful exegesis. Houston traces the church's interpretation and use of these psalms throughout the history of Christianity.

Psalms: 3 Volumes

James Montgomery Boice
The great expositor from Tenth Presbyterian Church Integrates interpretation with contemporary insight for daily living. Boice helps us appreciate and understand the Bible's prayer book in light of Jesus Christ.

How to Read the Psalms

Tremper Longman III
Helps us overcome the distance between the psalmists' world and ours. Longman explains the various kinds of psalms, the way they were used in Hebrew worship, and their relationship to the rest of the Old Testament. Then he looks at how Christians can appropriate their message and insights today. Turning to the art of Old Testament poetry, he explains the use of parallelism and imagery.

The Messiah and the Psalms: Preaching Christ from All the Psalms

Richard P. Belcher Jr.
Helps pastors, seminary students, lay leaders, and Christians in personal study understand how the psalms relate to Christ so they will be better equipped to preach and teach. Some psalms have a direct relationship to Christ, but with other psalms the link is not always as evident. Belcher shows that all the psalms relate in some way to Christ's person or his work. The biblical basis for this view is laid out and then how it works with different types of psalms is examined. In addition to this Belcher then goes on to offer deeper exposition into those psalms that have a direct relationship to Christ.

War Psalms of the Prince of Peace: Lessons from the Imprecatory Psalms

James E. Adams
Explains the purpose of these difficult psalms and teaches how to proclaim God's truth from them. It is God who is at war with his enemies.

Psalms 1-72

Derek Kidner
Analyzes each psalm in depth, comments on interpretive questions, and lays bare the universal relevance of the texts. Kidner gives special help on the psalmists' cries for vengeance.

Articles

Jesus and the Psalms Apr 11, 2011 | Author: L. Michael Morales | Topic: Psalms | Category: articles
How to Preach Jesus Using the Psalms Feb 10, 2011 | Author: Jason B. Hood | Topic: Psalms | Category: articles
Humbled to the Dust Nov 30, 2003 | Author: Ligon Duncan | Topic: Psalms | Category: articles

Good Preaching Examples

Praying Our Tears Feb 15, 2011 | Author: Tim Keller | Topic: Psalms | Category: sermons
Worship Feb 15, 2011 | Author: Tim Keller | Topic: Psalms | Category: sermons
The Doctrine of the Word Feb 15, 2011 | Author: Tim Keller | Topic: Psalms | Category: sermons
God Our Father Feb 15, 2011 | Author: Tim Keller | Topic: Psalms | Category: sermons
Considering the Great Love of God Feb 15, 2011 | Author: Tim Keller | Topic: Psalms | Category: sermons
Delight Above & Beyond Jan 01, 2000 | Author: Ray Ortlund Jr. | Topic: Psalms | Category: sermons
Psalm 110 Jan 01, 2000 | Author: Dick Lucas | Topic: Psalms | Category: sermons
Supremacy of Christ Jan 01, 2000 | Author: Robert Letham | Topic: Psalms | Category: sermons
Unconfessed Sin Jan 01, 2000 | Author: Steven Lawson | Topic: Psalms | Category: sermons
Transformed by Faith Jan 26, 2003 | Author: Mark Futato | Topic: Psalms | Category: sermons
What a Wonderful World Nov 21, 2004 | Author: Mark Futato | Topic: Psalms | Category: sermons
How Majestic Jun 24, 2007 | Author: Mark Futato | Topic: Psalms | Category: sermons
Like a Tree Dec 31, 2008 | Author: Mark Futato | Topic: Psalms | Category: sermons
Experiencing Kingdom Blessings Feb 15, 2009 | Author: Mark Futato | Topic: Psalms | Category: sermons
Delighting in His Word Jan 03, 2010 | Author: Sandy Willson | Topic: Psalms | Category: sermons
The Cry of a Fallen Leader Jan 01, 2000 | Author: Alistair Begg | Topic: Psalms | Category: sermons
Thriving in Evil Times Jul 21, 2003 | Author: John Neufeld | Topic: Psalms | Category: sermons
The Ends Sep 17, 2001 | Author: Ligon Duncan | Topic: Psalms | Category: sermons
Two Ways to Live (Psalm 1) Jan 20, 2006 | Author: D. A. Carson | Topic: Psalms | Category: sermons
The Psalm of the Sheep (Ps 23) Jan 01, 2008 | Author: D. A. Carson | Topic: Psalms | Category: sermons
Psalm 73 Apr 22, 2007 | Author: Thabiti Anyabwile | Topic: Psalms | Category: sermons

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