Wednesday, September 14, 2016
Sermon Audio: Summer Psalms
Over the summer months it's harder to sustain a sermon series, with attendances varying, and people here, there and everywhere. In recent years, I've tended to preach summer sermon series in the Psalms. They are usually standalone units of text - the Psalm by itself can be understood without needing to know what comes before or after. Yet there are ways of doing series in the Psalms - so last year, we followed the Psalms of the sons of Korah. You could also follow the songs of Asaph; do a series in the biographical Psalms of David; the songs of ascents (Ps 120-134); or the 'one hit wonders' - Psalms whose author only wrote one in the Psalter.
This year, I preached through some familiar Psalms with well-loved hymn versions. This meant that we could sing the hymn versions well, even with lower than usual attendances, and there was a variety of emotions and themes coming to the surface.
Here, for your encouragement and upbuilding, are the sermons I preached over the summer - my summer Psalms:
Psalm 72: Praying for the King.
Psalm 23: The Lord's my shepherd.
Psalm 95: Worship and a warning.
Psalms 42&43: Thirsty for God.
Psalm 121: Where does my help come from?