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June 6 - July 11

We often struggle with prayer. We struggle with how to start, what to say: can we be angry with God? Disappointed? Doubtful? How do we actually worship a God we can’t see? All of those questions swirl around, and then there are the questions of belief: does God hear me? Does God answer me and speak back? How do I hear him in the midst of my busy life? Throughout history, the Psalms have been the answer to those questions and more. The Psalms are the prayer book, the worship book of the church. They cover the range of emotions that we have: doubt, sadness, anger, grief, joy, lament, worship, exultation, hope, and more. They show us a God who is close, who redeems, who will make all things new, who forgives, and who hears us. Athanasius said, “Most Scriptures speak to us; the Psalms speak for us.” While we connect deeply with the Psalms because they give words to our deepest longings and hurts, the psalms are really about God and who He is, how we can be with him and know him.

The psalms were the divinely inspired hymnbook for the public worship of God in ancient Israel (1 Chronicles 16:8 – 36). Because psalms were not simply read but sung, they penetrated the minds and imaginations of the people as only music can do. They so saturated the heart and imagination of the average person that when Jesus entered Jerusalem, it was only natural that the crowd would spontaneously greet him by reciting a line from a psalm (Mark 11:9; Psalm 118:26).

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Image: Bigger Than Me
September 19, 2021

Bigger Than Me

The kingdom of God means that Jesus, the king, is fully in charge of our lives. When we enter the...

Image: Bigger Than My Preferences
September 12, 2021

Bigger Than My Preferences

The kingdom of God is bigger than our preferences, and that very act is a witness to the beauty of...

Image: Bigger Than My Positions
September 5, 2021

Bigger Than My Positions

There is plenty that divides our country and the church these days. Polarization over politics, COVID measures, race, and more...

Image: Bigger Than My World
August 29, 2021

Bigger Than My World

The kingdom of God can be so personal and intimate, but it is also so much bigger than our worldview...

Image: Bigger Than The Urgent
August 22, 2021

Bigger Than The Urgent

There’s so much to do and so little time to get it all done. Our lives are full. Work, school,...

Image: Bigger Than My Rights
August 15, 2021

Bigger Than My Rights

Our culture worships individual rights. Our rights, protected by the Bill of Rights and other laws, are critical to our...

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