The kingdom of God is one of the overarching themes of the entire Bible. The fact that it appears in passages from Genesis to Revelation underscores the fact that we should consider its importance for our own lives.
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These are sermons preached during our Sunday worship services. (Recordings were not always successful, so there are gaps in the postings.)
This sermon was preached at the Sunday worship service of the New Ipswich Congregational Church. Their pastor, Ken Whitson is a good friend and asked me to preach in his absence. I love this particular text, which has been a great encouragement to me for many years.
This psalm is traditionally identified as one of seven penitential psalms and is also one of five psalms that are explicitly given the title a prayer. Some portions are clearly petitions to God, but there are also prophetic elements. Likewise, portions of Psalm 102 are a personal lament, but it also has in view the people of God as a whole.
John Calvin writes in his preface to his commentary on the Book of Psalms “I have been accustomed to call this book, I think not inappropriately, ‘An Anatomy of all the Parts of the Soul;’ for there is not an emotion of which any one can be conscious that is not here represented as in a mirror.” Throughout this month, we have been considering the Psalms as “An Anatomy of the Soul of Jesus Christ,” for time and again we have been impressed with the extent to which they not only prophesy historical facts concerning Jesus, but also reveal our Lord and Savior’s mind and heart.
The "gloria in excelsis Deo" of Christmas may be seen as a response to the call of Psalm 148 to praise the LORD in the highest. This beautiful psalm reminds us of both our calling and the salvation that is ours in Jesus Christ.
The New Testament authors refer to the Psalms as prophetic in revealing Jesus as the Messiah. It is therefore not surprising that Psalm 119, which extols the beauty and truth of God's Word, is also a revelation of the Word made flesh.
This short psalm is packed with theological significance. Jesus himself announces its partial fulfillment during his earthly ministry, and the book of Hebrews points to its final and ultimate fulfillment at the end of time. Psalm 8 also has important application to our own lives today.
In considering the revelation of Jesus as the Messiah in the Psalms, certainly Psalm 22 is would be on the short list of psalms to be included. A simple sermon can but introduce what this remarkable psalm has to show to us of the Savior whose birth we celebrate at Christmas.
The Apostles and other preachers of the early Church made extensive use of Psalm 110 in their preaching of the gospel of Jesus Christ. It develops further the imagery of kingship we saw in Psalm two, and reveals that the Messiah is a priest as well.
Psalm 2 is a powerful expression of praise that provides us with wonderful teaching that is centered on the Messiah, or Anointed One, our Lord Jesus Christ. At the same time, this psalm reveals the nature of human sin and our need for repentance, as well as the promise of blessing to those who take refuge in Christ.
God's relationship with his people is founded on his covenant with them. Unlike human religions that are dependent upon human intentions and efforts, the covenant of redemption is based upon the promises of God to himself and his people. This transforms the way we approach God in prayer, a fact that is reflected in Psalm 25.
On this Lord's Day, our church began using a tracker organ newly installed in our meetinghouse, so it seemed appropriate to consider Psalm 98 for its teaching on worship. (Our former organ, an electronic instrument, was in need of such extensive repairs that we decided to replace it with an older tracker (mechanical action) organ that we purchased used.)