Many Christians turn to the Psalms for comfort when facing hard times. However, if we consider how Jesus and the apostles used the Psalms, we see many more ways we can benefit from them. We begin this series with a study of Psalm 1, which provides simple, profound and practical lessons for us today. Putting […]
It is our practice to alternate our expository teaching between Old and New Testament books. After our study of 2 Peter and before we started our study of Leviticus, we decided to dig into several of the Psalms. We hope you find these studies to be as encouraging, practical, and challenging as we did. We will return to the Psalms periodically. Notes are provided in each lesson for self-study, reflection, and as a resource to teach others.
Psalm 2 is quoted and referenced repeatedly in the New Testament, and for good reason. It provides the first prophecy that someone referred to as "the Christ" will come. It explains that this person will be the Son of God, but rejected by the powerful. This psalm lays a foundation for much of the New […]
There is great treasure to be found in Psalm 3, especially when we understand its background: a heart-breaking tragedy in David's life. Here we see that even after God forgives our sins, the destructive consequences can follow for the rest of our lives. We also dig into remarkable similarities in details of David's story and […]
In this psalm we see David's confidence that God hears his prayers. How can we be as confident that God hears our prayers? Also, David, inspired by the Holy Spirit, tells us to "be angry and do not sin," a passage later quoted by the apostle Paul. What does that mean? Is it always a sin to be angry? […]
David recounted his devotion to morning prayer in proclaiming: “In the morning You shall hear my voice.” Prayer warriors through the ages, including even Jesus, have been devoted to early morning prayer. However, does the hour at which we pray really matter? What is so special about rising early to pray? We consider insights from early Christian writer […]