Sermons on Psalms

Open the Gates

Psalm 118:19-29 19 Open for me the gates of the righteous;     I will enter and give thanks to the Lord. 20 This is the gate of the Lord     through which the righteous may enter. 21 I will give you thanks, for you answered me;     you have become my salvation. 22 The stone the builders rejected     has become the cornerstone; 23 the Lord has done this,     and it…

There’s No Place Like Home

Psalm 23:6 6 Surely your goodness and love will follow me     all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord     forever. Dear Friends in Christ, How about a little trivia quiz to start my sermon this morning?  See if you can identify the name of the movie in which these words…

Caution

Psalm 31:1-8 For the director of music. A psalm of David. 1 In you, Lord, I have taken refuge;     let me never be put to shame;     deliver me in your righteousness. 2 Turn your ear to me,     come quickly to my rescue; be my rock of refuge,     a strong fortress to save me. 3 Since you are my rock…

The Power of Pursuit

Psalm 23:6 6 Surely your goodness and love will follow me     all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord     forever. Dear Friends in Christ, I came across a story recently that was both heartbreaking and heartwarming.  It’s the story of Eric Hill.  At the age of 28 he had so…

My Overflowing Cup

Psalm 23:5 5 You prepare a table before me     in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil;     my cup overflows. Dear Friends in Christ, This morning we’re going to be talking about one of what are commonly referred to as the 7 deadly sins.  I wonder how many of you here today would be…

Slippery Slopes and Wounded Sheep

Psalm 23:5 5 You prepare a table before me     in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil;     my cup overflows. Dear Friends in Christ, Recently I came across an article about 3 of the most potent letters in the English language.  You’d probably be hard-pressed to figure out what they are, so allow me…

The Burden of Shame

Psalm 23:5 5 You prepare a table before me    in the presence of my enemies.You anoint my head with oil;    my cup overflows. Dear Friends in Christ, I’d like to begin this morning by asking all of you to think back to a time in your life when you did something so bad, so sinful, so shameful that you weren’t…

The Burden of Loneliness

Psalm 23:4 4 Even though I walk     through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil,     for you are with me; your rod and your staff,     they comfort me. Dear Friends in Christ, I came across a story recently about a fellow named Steve who worked at a pharmacy while attending the University of Texas in…

From Panic to Peace

Psalm 23:4 4 Even though I walk     through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil,     for you are with me; your rod and your staff,     they comfort me. Dear Friends in Christ, May I ask you a personal question?  What are you afraid of?  Do you have any fears or phobias that cause you a…

The Journey of Grief

Psalm 23:4 4 Even though I walk     through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil,     for you are with me; your rod and your staff,     they comfort me. Dear Friends in Christ,    He was a member of one of my former congregations.  Married with 4 children, all of whom were girls.  He was a…