Sunday 9.8.19 (psalms of ascent: truth)

This Sunday we’ll begin our look at Psalm 120-134, the Psalms of Ascent, the songs ancient pilgrims sung on their journeys into Jerusalem. We’ll think about how these reflect our God-ward journey in life, as we head toward eternity and the New Jerusalem where God dwells forever among his people. We’ll take a look at Psalm 120 and think about how Jesus is the Truth who frees us from the world’s lies. We hope to see you there!

Schedule
@930 Sunday School Kickoff – Coffee and doughnuts in the gym
@945 Small Groups / Sunday School for all ages
@1045 Worship Gathering
@6pm Why? video study by Chip Ingram in the youth room

Sermon Notes
Truth ~ Psalm 120

The sermon in one sentence: Life in Jesus is an upward journey that begins when we recognize Jesus is the Truth who frees us from the world’s lies.

Songs for Worship
Higher Ground
In Loving Kindness, Jesus Came
At Calvary
In Christ Alone
Amazing Grace (My Chains Are Gone)

Psalm 120-134 (Psalms of Ascent)

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Sunday 9.1.19 (the psalm of life)

This morning, we’ll take a look at Psalm 23 and how this famous song represents our lives following Jesus, the Good Shepherd. We’ll consider five truths about our life journey from this psalm as an introduction to our series on Psalms 120-134, the Psalms of Ascent. We hope to see you there!

Schedule
@945 Small Groups / Sunday School for all ages
@1045 Worship Gathering
**Holiday weekend, no evening study

Sermon Notes
The Psalm of Life ~ Psalm 23

The sermon in one sentence: In the journey of life, we are to fix our eyes on eternity and live each day following Jesus as we head there.

  • žOur lives are an upward/Godward journey with an eternal end
  • žThe journey has moments of joy and contentment as well as moments of uncertainty and fear
  • žGod guides and walks with us through the good and the bad; he is our peace, comfort, and satisfaction
  • žAs we follow the Shepherd, we will find eternal joys in the end as well as great grace in each step
  • žOur task is to keep our eyes on our Shepherd-Savior

Songs for Worship
We’re Marching to Zion
Be Thou My Vision
The Lord Is My Salvation
On Jordan’s Stormy Banks
Victory in Jesus

Psalm 120-134 (Psalms of Ascent)

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Drained to the Dregs

This post is part of a devotional series based on our 2019 Bible Reading Calendar.

God is judge.

That statement is controversial to some, especially to those who want to view God as one who would never discipline or punish. But the Bible is clear: God is judge.

The good news is that God is a fair judge. He judges both motive and action. He will not be bribed or bought. He will do only what is just and equitable.

The bad news is that God is a fair judge. We all have done evil. We all have acted with unrighteousness. We cannot earn or buy our way out of this. When compared to his demand of perfect righteousness, we all fall short. We all fall under his judgment.

Psalm 75:8 says of this judgment: “For there is a cup in the Lord’s hand, full of wine blended with spices, and he pours from it. All the wicked of the earth will drink, draining it to the dregs.”

Dregs are what’s left in the very bottom of the cup–not just the liquids, but any sediments that have settled there be they from grounds or backwash. To drain to the dregs is to drink down every last drop.

Yet, this psalm of God’s judgment opens with thanks (75:1) and closes with praise (75:9-10). How can that be? If all of us have done evil and fall under God’s judgment, then how do we become people of thanks and praise?

The answer is Jesus.

God is fair and just, but he is also loving and merciful. We can’t escape his judgment, so he gave us himself. God the Son willingly went to the cross where he drank the cup of God the Father’s wrath all the way to the dregs. When Jesus cried from the cross, “It is finished,” he meant, in part, there remained no wrath left for those who would trust in him.

There remains not even a drop.

For sinners, unable to save our selves, this is the best news. News that leads us to praise God for his kindness. News that leads us to thank him for his grace.

All scripture quotations taken from the Christian Standard Bible.