Sermons on Psalms

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…

The Apple of God’s Eye

“God loves the church more than he loves you.” Psalm 87: On the holy mount stands the city he founded; 2     the Lord loves the gates of Zion     more than all the dwelling places of Jacob. 3 Glorious things of you are spoken,     O city of God. Selah 4 Among those who know me I mention Rahab and Babylon;     behold, Philistia and Tyre, with Cush—     “This one…