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Words For The Way: The Blessed Life

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The Psalms make it possible to say things that are otherwise unsayable.  In church, they have the capacity to free us to talk about things that we cannot talk about anywhere else.

— John Goldingay, quoting a lecture by Walter Brueggemann


Most of Scripture speaks to us; the Psalms speak for us.

— Athanasius (fourth century Bishop of Alexandria)

 

Scripture Reading — Psalm 1  (ESV)

1:1 Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked,
nor stands in the way of sinners,
nor sits in the seat of scoffers;
2 but his delight is in the law of the Lord,
and on his law he meditates day and night.

3 He is like a tree planted by streams of water that yields its fruit in its season,
and its leaf does not wither.
In all that he does, he prospers.
4 The wicked are not so,
but are like chaff that the wind drives away.

5 Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment,
nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous;
6 for the Lord knows the way of the righteous,
but the way of the wicked will perish.

 

Current Sermon Series

Words for the Way: Wisdom from the Psalms

Christians throughout history have had their spiritual life shaped by the Psalms. Far from being polished and polite, the Psalms are about getting “everything in our lives out in the open before God” (Eugene Peterson). The Psalms give us a language worthy of imitation by helping us to give voice to the entire experience of being human: to agony and despair, anger and doubt, shame and guilt, and, yes, praise and thanksgiving. Join us as we explore wisdom from the Psalms and learn the many voices of the Christian life.

 


Date: July 28, 2013
Passage: Psalm 1

Scripture Reading: Psalms
Speaker: Bob Crossland

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