Wait for the Lord | Psalm 27 | Pastor Lionel Young
Fear and anxiety are part of life. In fact, the Bible assumes that we’ll be afraid sometimes. But as the psalmist cycles through confession, testimony, and praise in Psalm 27, one thing remains constant: he turns to the Lord with his fear and worry and finds assurance.
Worldly Saints | Psalm 24 | Pastor Lionel Young
Psalm 24 is a Psalm of Ascent, one spoken as a worshipper walked up the Jerusalem streets to the Temple. With every step and every word, the worshippers speaks the truth of God as creator, savior, and protector.
The Lord is My Shepherd | Psalm 23 | Pastor Lionel Young
Psalm 23 is a popular funeral psalm, but it isn’t about death at all. This psalm is about living and living well. It “puts daily activities, such as eating, drinking, and seeking security, in a radically God-centered perspective” (J. Clinton McCann).
When God Seems Absent | Psalm 22 | Pastor Jon Nitta
In Psalm 22, a psalm of lament, the Psalmist’s anguished cries go out to God at a time when He seems to have fallen silent and disappeared. There is beauty even in lament, especially as hope finds its way into this desperate appeal.
Preparing for Battle | Psalm 20 | Pastor Steve Buchelt
Psalm 20 is a liturgy spoken or sung in preparation for battle. Who doesn’t need that now and then in this life? Whatever we’re facing, we need to know that on our side is a personal God with the strength to see us through to victory.
God Speaks | Psalm 19 | Pastor Mark Lackey
God is never silent; He speaks through His creation and through His Word. Psalm 19 is a rich and contemplative psalm that lays out promise after promise of what comes to those who open their ears and eyes to what God has to say.
Frustrated, Broken & Finding Real Hope | Psalm 14 | Pastor Josh Reasoner
Sometimes life stinks, especially when people reveal just how messed up they (we!) really are. Psalm 14 paints a grim picture of the world in its first few verses, but it ends with a bountiful promise for the future. There is hope for the frustrated and broken.
Worship is Everywhere | Psalm 8 | Pastor Lionel Young
With Psalm 8, the psalmist takes worship not just global but galactic. God’s creation—His huge, far flung, to-the-tips-of the-universe creation—is praised even as we are reminded that the One who set the moon and stars in place cares for us.
Pastor Lionel Young - June 11, 2017 - "Strike My Enemies"
God wants our honesty; he welcomes it. And so this Psalm of David’s is part frustrated complaint, part confident praise, and part angry cry for satisfaction in the face of betrayal. Psalm 3 is the cry of anyone who has found themselves in a difficult situation with nowhere to turn.
When God Laughs | Psalm 2 | Pastor Lionel Young
Justice belongs to God (Deuteronomy 32:35). Psalm 2 is both a celebration of God’s sovereignty and a raw portrait of his reaction when his people are wronged.