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Psalms: Experiencing the Truth

The Psalms are written like prayers; in fact, that’s what most of them are. They are a window into the experience of people walking with God. The Psalmists are taking their knowledge of the truth and using it in relationship with God. The Psalmists don’t just know the truth, they experience it, and they teach us how to do so also.

When darkness overwhelms, remember that cries of despair will turn into songs of deliverance.

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Psalm 22

In this passage, we see how to rejoice in the strength and salvation of the LORD.

  • Reflect on the LORD’s past works
  • Be confident in the LORD’s future works

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Psalm 21

Though we face many battles in life, we have reason to rejoice because the LORD brings great salvation to His king, and His king is our king.

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Psalm 18

Psalms 1-72 (Kidner Classic Commentaries), Derek Kidner

The Treasury of DavidCharles Spurgeon

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Psalm 17 is a model of prayer for God’s people today, who face injustice for their beliefs and are attacked for their allegiance to God’s word.  It’s a model of prayer that informs us how to walk with God when we’re under attack, especially by spiritual enemies.

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https://www.esv.org/Psalm+17/

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The ultimate question in life is, “Who can dwell in the presence of God?” and in this passage, we see the answer.

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Psalm 15

Though we see folly around us, within us, and against us, there is real hope in the LORD who promises to save his people.

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Psalm 14

Psalms 1-72 (Kidner Classic Commentaries), Derek Kidner

The Treasury of DavidCharles Spurgeon

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When you’re going through a difficult season, talk to God about your situation and ask Him for what you need, then trust and rejoice in His faithfulness.

Citylight Center City | July 25, 2021 from Citylight Church on Vimeo.

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Psalm 13

Psalms 1-72 (Kidner Classic Commentaries), Derek Kidner

With so many conflicting messages and so much fake news around us, it’s easy to feel pessimistic about ever knowing the truth. This Psalm shares that pessimism in a sense, but it also holds out great hope to us: God saves us from this generation.

Citylight Center City | July 18, 2021 from Citylight Church on Vimeo.

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Psalm 12

Psalms 1-72 (Kidner Classic Commentaries), Derek Kidner

The Treasury of David, Charles Spurgeon

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While the sources may be diverse, we all hear the voices of panic in various ways. Sometimes they’re helpful, but how can we not be controlled by them? Take refuge in the LORD and you won’t have to panic.

Citylight Center City | July 11, 2021 from Citylight Church on Vimeo

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Psalm 11

Psalms 1-72 (Kidner Classic Commentaries), Derek Kidner

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Why does God hide Himself in times of trouble? Why do we see so much evil, but not see Him? It’s a common question we ask, and it’s the question on which this Psalm focuses.

Citylight Center City | July 4, 2021 from Citylight Church on Vimeo

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Psalm 10

Psalms 1-72 (Kidner Classic Commentaries), Derek Kidner

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It’s easy for us to get narrow-minded and focused on our own little worlds, but God is not like us. He has a wider, more inclusive call to the whole earth, to worship Him among the nations.

Citylight Center City | June 27, 2021 from Citylight Church on Vimeo

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Psalm 96

Psalms 73-150 (Kidner Classic Commentaries), Derek Kidner

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Any time we engage in a truly just cause, we will face opposition. How can we persevere with joy through it? We give thanks to God who has established His throne for justice.

Citylight Center City | June 20, 2021 from Citylight Church on Vimeo.

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Psalm 9

 

The Psalms show us how to walk with God through the various things we experience as humans. In Psalm 8, we see the weakness of babies, the glories of the sky, and the great abilities of humans are all reasons to ascribe glory to God.

Citylight Center City | June 13, 2021 from Citylight Church on Vimeo.

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Psalm 8

Psalms 1-72 (Kidner Classic Commentaries), Derek Kidner

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Depression ranges from a clinical diagnosis to an unexpected malaise, but all of us living in a fallen world experience it in some way. How can we experience the love of God during it? This Psalm shows us.

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Psalm 6

Psalms 1-72 (Kidner Classic Commentaries)Derek Kidner

Psalms: An Introduction and Commentary (Tyndale Old Testament Commentaries), Tremper Longman

The Songs of Jesus: A Year of Daily Devotions in the Psalms, Timothy and Kathy Keller

In the face of injustice, we are often passive or consumed with rage. But through prayer, we can experience the righteousness of God, empowering us to seek justice from God while loving even our enemies.

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Psalm 5

Psalms 1-72 (Kidner Classic Commentaries)Derek Kidner

Psalms: An Introduction and Commentary (Tyndale Old Testament Commentaries), Tremper Longman

The Songs of Jesus: A Year of Daily Devotions in the Psalms, Timothy and Kathy Keller

We’ve all probably experienced a restoration of peace once adversity is over, but how do you experience peace during adversity? This Psalm shows us how.

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Psalm 4

Psalms 1-72 (Kidner Classic Commentaries)Derek Kidner

Psalms: An Introduction and Commentary (Tyndale Old Testament Commentaries), Tremper Longman

The Songs of Jesus: A Year of Daily Devotions in the Psalms, Timothy and Kathy Keller

Know God as your confidence when enemies surround you by understanding your enemy, by depending on, crying out, thanking, and hoping in your God.

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Psalm 3

A Commentary on the Psalms: 1-41 (Kregel Exegetical Library)

 

The Psalms don’t just state the truth; they give us a window into the Psalmist’s experience of the truth and teach us how we might experience it to. Psalm 2 is a gateway to the rest, teaching us that in order to experience the truth, we must joyfully and fearfully submit to the Lord.

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Psalm 2

Psalms 1-72 (Kidner Classic Commentaries)Derek Kidner

Psalms: An Introduction and Commentary (Tyndale Old Testament Commentaries), Tremper Longman

The Songs of Jesus: A Year of Daily Devotions in the Psalms, Timothy and Kathy Keller

 

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