Sermons on Psalms

I was Falling, but You Helped Me

Psalm 118 Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good;     for his steadfast love endures forever! 2 Let Israel say,     “His steadfast love endures forever.” 3 Let the house of Aaron say,     “His steadfast love endures forever.” 4 Let those who fear the Lord say,     “His steadfast love endures forever.” 5 Out of my distress I called on the Lord;     the Lord answered me…

Forget Not

Bless the LORD, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name. 2 Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits: 3 who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases, 4 who redeems your life from the pit and crowns you with love and compassion,…

He Heard and Remembered

Psalm 106 Praise the Lord! Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good,     for his steadfast love endures forever! 2 Who can utter the mighty deeds of the Lord,     or declare all his praise? 3 Blessed are they who observe justice,     who do righteousness at all times! 4 Remember me, O Lord, when you show favor to your people;     help me when…

Venite

Come, let us sing for joy to the Lord; let us shout aloud to the Rock of our salvation. 2 Let us come before him with thanksgiving and extol him with music and song. 3 For the Lord is the great God, the great King above all gods. 4 In his hand are the depths…

Numbering Our Days Aright

Lord, you have been our dwelling place throughout all generations. 2 Before the mountains were born or you brought forth the whole world, from everlasting to everlasting you are God. 3 You turn people back to dust, saying, “Return to dust, you mortals.” 4 A thousand years in your sight are like a day that…

He Laughs at Christmas

1 Why do the nations rage and the peoples plot in vain? 2 The kings of the earth rise up and the rulers band together against the Lord and against his anointed, saying, 3 “Let us break their chains and throw off their shackles.” 4 The One enthroned in heaven laughs; the Lord scoffs at…

You Know Me

Psalm 139 1 I AM, you search me and you know me. 2 You know when I sit and when I rise; you consider my thoughts from afar. 3 My going out and my lying down you discern; you are familiar with all my ways. 4 Surely before a word is on my tongue, I…

The Remembrance of Things Past

This sermon was preached by the Rev. Dr. Rob Rayburn at the September meeting of our presbytery (Pacific Northwest), held at Covenant Presbyterian Church in Walla Walla, WA. In it, Dr. Rayburn provides a fascinating account of American Presbyterianism in the mid-20th century and the history of our presbytery in particular. He is uniquely qualified to retell…

Greed vs. Blessed are the Merciful

Proverbs 11:24: One gives freely, yet grows all the richer; another withholds what he should give, and only suffers want. Proverbs 28:22,25: A stingy man hastens after wealth and does not know that poverty will come upon him… A greedy man stirs up strife, but the one who trusts in the Lord will be enriched. Psalm 119:36: Incline my heart to your testimonies, and not to selfish…