Sermons on Psalms

2020 vision

Psalm 103 In one survey readers were asked to describe 2020 in one word – the top three were ‘exhausting’, ‘chaotic’, ‘lost’. For this final service of the year, the only kind of psalm which might feel appropriate is a lament. So how could this psalm of praise possibly be fitting instead?

Who has your back?

Psalm 121 As Christians we are on a long journey to the heavenly city in the new creation. How are we going to make it? So much could go wrong en route. How do we avoid being consumed by anxiety and fear? This pilgrim psalm is the medicine we need.

Radical Certainty

Psalm 46:8-11 We live in a world of radical uncertainty. In so many areas, there’s so much we don’t know, and can’t possibly know – both in the present and in the future. By contrast in the Bible we find certainty. In it God reveals the truth about himself, about us, and about where this world is heading. And that is what we find in the final verses of this psalm.

God is our refuge

Psalm 46:1-3 At times of dark discouragement, the reformer, Martin Luther, would say to his friend, ‘Come, Philip, let’s sing the 46th psalm’. But why did he turn to this one in particular? How does it help us when life is tough and our world is falling apart?

When I envy others

Psalm 73 How do we react when people around us are hugely successful despite appearing to oppose God? Do we feel like giving up? Asaph wrestled with this question 3,000 years ago in Psalm 73. Listen in as we learn from his journey of faith which is strikingly contemporary.