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Book 1  Psalms 1-41
An Introduction to the Collection of Psalms (1-8) 
And A Selection of Songs of Deliverance
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 When God Seemed Distant   (A Look at Psalm 13)   Pastor Billy Robertson   sermon notes         28 May 2017

Psalm 13 is a lament, a cry of the heart to be heard and comforted, and finally a declaration of one man's trust in a holy, sovereign God.  David was going through a dry spell and poured out his heart in this song.  His laments and questions could be our own.  We are not the only ones who wonder where God is when we are hurt or confused or grieving.  David, however, opened his heart and spirit to the witness of God in his life and came to the conclusion that when the enemy puts us on a roller coaster, there is a purpose to the times we feel in the wilderness.   He is using the time when we struggle to prepare us for a particular work He has planned for us. God will not forget or leave us, but He will build us and challenge us to bring us to a place of trust and a place of experience in Him.  Joseph saved a nation, Paul was a voice for the Truth, the Way and the Light, and David was a man after God's own heart, all by learning of His providence and character through the trials and situations the Lord ordained in their lives.  Trust that He will do, and in fact does, the same in your life.  

Psalm 19  Crafting a Holy Life - Meditation       Pastor Kenneth Pierpont    video sermon      sermon notes  

    This is Part 3 of a series on how we as followers of God can intentionally live a Holy Life that honors the Lord.  You can find the rest of the series here. 

Psalm 23  Anointing a sheep's head with oil...  by Teresa Messick      I have to admit, I always wondered what this part of Psalm 23 meant. I thought “He anoints my head with oil” was figurative language for God keeping the Psalmist healthy.  I never knew this parallel.    ~   

Anoint my head with oil...

“Sheep can get their head caught in briers and die trying to get untangled.

There are horrid little flies that like to torment sheep by laying eggs in their nostrils which turn into worms and drive the sheep to beat their head against a rock, sometimes to death.   Their ears and eyes are also susceptible to tormenting insects.   So the shepherd anoints their whole head with oil.

Then there is peace.  ~  That oil forms a barrier of protection against the evil that tries to destroy the sheep."

Do you have times of mental torment?

Do the worrisome thoughts invade your mind over and over?

Do you beat your head against a wall trying to stop them?

Have you ever asked God to anoint your head with oil?

He has an endless supply!

His oil protects and makes it possible for you to fix your heart, mind, and eyes on Him today and always!

There is peace in the valley!

May our good Father anoint your head with oil today so that your cup overflows with blessings!

God is good and He is faithful!"

 Psalm 37: 34   Wait for the LORD, and keep His way, and He will exalt thee to inherit the land; when the wicked are cut off, thou shalt see it.   
          ka-VAY el a-do-NAI ush-MOR dar-KO vee-ro-mim-KHA la-RE-shet A-retz b’-hi-ka-RAYT r’-sha-EEM tir-EH        קַוֵּה אֶל יְהוָה וּשְׁמֹר דַּרְכּוֹ וִירוֹמִמְךָ לָרֶשֶׁת אָרֶץ בְּהִכָּרֵת רְשָׁעִים תִּרְאֶה.

Who is worthy to inherit the Land of Israel? The psalmist comforts the righteous one who sees only the arrogant succeeding in the world. He speaks of the fleeting nature of the wicked and notes how they will ultimately fall. Those who have faith in the Lord, however, will ultimately inhabit the land. Those who wait patiently for God, who are humble, veer from evil and engage in acts of righteousness, will inherit the Land of Israel.  (from The Israel Bible in 365 Days)  

Book 2 Psalms 42-72  Teachings, Songs, and Poems Showcasing Divine Judgment

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A quick outline by Gordon Churchyard of Easy English Bible   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Psalms 42 and 43  Remember the Good Times During the Hardtimes     

The Story of Psalms 42 and 43

     We think that these two psalms started as one psalm. The Jews made them into two psalms about 200 years before Jesus came to the earth. They did this when they translated their Bible from Hebrew into Greek. .....We do not know who wrote the psalm. What we do know about him is that:

       ·    in the past he went to the house of God in Jerusalem (verse 4)               ·    he can not go there now (verse 2)        ·    he hoped that one day he would go back to it (verse 5)                                         ·    he was now 200 kilometres (or about 124 miles) north of Jerusalem (verse 6)         ·    his enemy had taken him away from his home (Psalm 43:1).

     This probably happened to many people in the Old Testament of the Bible. Maybe it was someone that King Jehoash of Israel took as a hostage. He took hostages from Jerusalem in Judah to the mountains of Hermon in Israel. The story is in 2 Kings 14:14.  A hostage is someone that is not free. His enemy catches him. He puts him in a place *like a prison. The enemy lets the hostage out only when the enemy gets what he wants. Maybe the hostage in the psalm was a Levite from the house of God. We call this house a *temple. Levites were God’s servants in the *temple. He may have been one of the "*sons of Korah". Look after Psalm 43 where it tells you who they were. Sometimes hostages never return home. They die in prison, or in the country where their enemies take them. If the enemy was not Jehoash in 800 *BC then maybe it was:  the King of Assyria in 700 *BC; or the King of Babylon in 600 *BC.   *BC means "years Before Jesus Christ came to the earth". Many of the hostages in Assyria or Babylon never went home.

     Whatever story is true, the hostage went through two places before the end of his journey. One was a desert place, where there was not much water but a lot of sand. The other was a group of mountains called the Hermons. Iraq is now where Assyria and Babylon were.

An overview for the beginning of Book 2 of the Psalms:

42-43—Remember the Good Times        44—God Help Us!         45—A Love Song        46-48—The City of God         49—You Cannot Buy Heaven

50—Judgment Begins at the House of God       51—A New Man      52—Cruel Words      53—Will They Never Learn?      54—Snakes in the Grass     55--Betraying a Friend

56-The Silent Dove Among Strangers (Do Not Be Afraid)     57--Danger!     58--Snakes That Will Not Listen     59--Hungry Dogs     60--God, Give Us Help!

61--Pictures of God     62--Only God!     63--A Morning Song     64--Words Like Arrows     65--A Harvest Song     66--Home and Away 67--The Whole Wide World for Jesus

68--Cloud Rider: A Song for the Nation     69--The Whipping Boy     70--Help to Remember     71--A Song for Old Age     72--The Good, Great King of Glory    

Book 3 Psalms 73-89 The National Hymns of Judah
 

A quick outline by Gordon Churchyard of English Easy Bible

An overview for the beginning of Book 3 of the Psalms:

73—Now I Understand      74—Keep Your Promise!     75—Earthquakes, Horns And A Cup Of Wine!     76—Sing A Song Of Zion  or The Lion’s Den     77—Questions and Answers     

78—Tell Your Children      79—For the Glory of Your Name     80—Make Us United     81—Start The Music!     82—God And The Gods     83---Enemies All Round Us!     84---Journey To Zion   85---Turn Again (or The Kiss Of Peace)     86---Bits and Pieces    87---The Two Jerusalems     88--Down Among the Dead Men     89--Make Your Kingdom Come Soon!  

 
Psalm 82 Speaking to judges and from the Judge of judges      Pastor Chuck Clawson       9 December 2012

Ps. 82 speaks to all of us as judges of the people and world around us, although Asaph was directing this teaching/exhortation psalm toward the leadership of his day. He does not speak in "dark sayings", but plainly in words easily understood by even the "hard of hearing". Here is a straight forward example of a psalm that is not a direct expression of praise and worship to Jehovah, but uplifts His standards and holds His people accountable for their words and/or actions. No doubt, Asaph was responding to the bribery, unbridled sexuality, greed, and outright lawlessness he saw around him in both the culture and the church of his day. Such sin, he knew, dishonored Jehovah and belittled what He has called holy... Asaph's words and admonitions ring just as loud and true today....

 
Psalm 83:9-18   God Gets Glory!      Pastor Chuck Clawson      27 Jan 2013

This sermon continues our study and our understanding of the implications of Psalm 83... loyalty, relationships, enemies, friends... and your standing with Jehovah makes all the difference... how we think, what we say and do, and the secret motives of our hearts all tell a tale we may not wish to hear... come and learn how to make sure Jehovah God gets the glory through our lives... we choose whether it be as His friend or foe..

 
Psalm 84:1-4   Home!     Pastor Chuck Clawson   3 Feb 2013

Psalm 84:1-4~exploring the joys of pressure, the joys of being part of a household and all that entails, especially at harvest time. This Psalm was written for the priests who realize the priviledge of repentance... ok, saints, how many of you understand gittith, which means the joy of the winepress? How many of us have experienced the freedom and singing and dancing that comes even as working the grapes stains the clothes and the persons treading the grapes and totally wears out the workers doing the harvesting? We are called kings and priests, workers in His fields, and the harvest is ripe~are you willing to toil and get tired, dirty, stained, and even exhausted to get to the final part of the harvest that includes singing, dancing and banqueting with the King in elebration? Psalm 84:1-4 sets the stage for repentance and a return home to the temple and protection of a loving Father, and an awareness, as Paul told us in the New Testament, that we are living within bodies that are the temples of the Holy Ghost...

 
Psalm 84: 5-8    Homesick...         Pastor Chuck Clawson        10 Feb 2013

In the prior study, Asaph remarked about the sparrows and swallows who had made nests within and around the Temple. Like these small birds, believers in Jehovah returned yearly to the Temple to offer prayers, praise and sacrifices. It drew them back into His home, and brought them fellowship and renewed relationship with family, friends, and the Israeli culture while tightening their relationship with the God of the Universe. For those who came, it built "home"; for those who could not, for one reason or another, it built need to re-evaluate the choices they made and long to be close to family, friends and God again. Asaph explores this phenomenon and shares the benefits and heartsickness of those who can be a part, and those who are separated from this pilgrimage. 

 
Psalm 84:5-8   The Way   Pastor Chuck Clawson   24 February 2013

When you come to church, show up to a "do gooder" event, or even are asked to do things by family or friends that need to be done, but intrude on your plans, how do you respond?  Do you go along and find joy, or do you leave your heart at home?  Or do you just not show up at all?  Seeing the long walk from the perspective of one who cannot come... this time... but whose heart is with the travelers...   

 

 

Psalm 84 :9-12   Find Rest for Your Souls           Pastor Chuck Clawson          2 March 2013

Its been a long walk, a long day, a long week... and yet there is still farther to go... but the Psalmist knows, even though there are choices of ease and diversions of lesser responsibilities, there is only one work and one place to be... in which court would you choose? to be a king among princes, or a love slave bound to the King? to have ease of life here? or to have ease of heart here? Psalm 84:9-12... the choices are yours... choose wisely...

 

Psalm 85:  1-2    Nothing New Under the Sun    Pastor Chuck Clawson     10 March 2014

Solomon, the great preacher and teacher of Ecclesiastes tells us to realize there is absolutely nothing new under the sun... what has been will be again; it may take on different colors, textures or other outward things, but really if people are involved, it is yet one more round of how humans are and will be... Enter Jehovah... He is as constant as we are fickle. Psalm 85 explores His commitment to us from before time to His return as a conquering Messiah King. Verses 1 and 2 just set the stage...

 

Psalms 88:1-9    Hope Found in the Hopeless Times, Part 1    Pastor Chuck Clawson       2 June 2013    

The Psalmist is in deep despair, but does not give up on his faith...he is struggling through a time of deep pain and hurt yet has a job to do as a warrior-worship music leader and cannot give in to the depression. He uses his situation to write and lead a maschil, a teaching song, that explores faith in pain and loyalty to a God that seems to be far away... have you ever had your faith tested, your resolve questioned, your hope diminished?  Pastor Clawson explores this very real life event... if you have not yet faced such a time, listen, learn and be prepared to handle it in a Godly way as Pastor Clawson teaches perseverance which leads to hope in the first of a two part lesson on dealing with the hard times.

 

Psalm 88:10-18 Mercy & Deliverance, Part 2        Pastor Chuck Clawson      14 July 2013            

Heman was the chief priest, and fully understood the difficulities of being human, even though he was deeply connected with Jehovah, and knew He was more than able to hear and answer Heman's darkest fears and heaviest concerns. Heman goes through the phases of sad searching and heartache, and rises to find hope and light that comes when we trust that God is not blind nor deaf to us, but does have each of us in His sight...

 

Psalm 89:5-18   Power, Justice & Mercy       Pastor Chuck Clawson (presented by Deacon Joshua Justice)    8 September 2013
 

 

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Book 4 Psalms 90-106   Eternity of God and the Transitory Nature of Man; The Over-Ruling Kingdom of Elohim

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Book 5 Psalms 107-150  Anthems of Praise and Thanksgiving

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 The Greatness of God (Psalm 113)      Pastor Billy Robertson      sermon notes      "Bigger than Any Mountain"     17 April 2015    

Age.  It’s a natural process that comes to every person on earth… Pastor Billy has just completed 27 years as a Prison Minister and gives his testimony as to the greatness of the Lord and His covering for all those years. It is the praise and worship of His people that brings us close to Him.  He is always there, be we are not always aware until we praise, worship, reach out, and recognize the fire that He is...   Psalm 113:1-9  asks the believer directly,  "Who is like the Lord our God!?"  This short psalm asserts His greatness and the worthiness of praising and worshiping so great a God. Too often the church sees our God as too small, but He is not!   How big is YOUR God??

Psalms 126:6    For what sort of peace should we pray?     Pray for the well-being of Yerushalayim

This psalm starts with the words sha’alu sh’lom Yerushalayim, ‘Pray for the well-being of Yerushalayim.’  Shalom (שלום), translated here as ‘well-being,’ is the first Hebrew word many people learn. It actually has three meanings: ‘hello,’ ‘goodbye’ and ‘peace.’ It is the word with which friends greet one another, but shalom is more than a greeting; it is also a blessing. Peace is the most important gift we can ask from Hashem, on an individual level, as families, and between nations. It is therefore of utmost significance that the world’s holiest city, Yerushalayim (ירושלים), has the word shalom at its core because it is meant to be the source for all peace on earth. King David exhorts “Pray for the well-being of Yerushalayim,” for when Yerushalayim is confronted with conflict, the whole world suffers. Conversely, though, when Yerushalayim is at peace, the entire world enjoys serenity. 
                                                                 Read more at https://theisraelbible.com/bible/psalms/chapter-122/verse-6#5trlLhT18GDb7Kpv.99

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