Sermons on Psalms

Responding to God’s goodness in saving us

Psalm 116

Introduction – Resolutions and aspirations for 2020

  1. A dire situation (3)
  2. Crying to God in desperation (1 and 4)
  3. Experiencing God’s salvation (1-2 and 5-8)
  4. Responding to God’s gracious provision (10-19)

What shall I return to the Lord for all his goodness to me?

  • Speaking of God’s goodness in saving us (13a)
  • Calling on Him and no other (2b, 13b and 17b)
  • Serving our God all our days (9 and 15-16)

Will you play to please your Master only? 

5. Joy To The World

Psalm 98

Introduction and Background

·   What if I don’t feel jolly?

·   Isaac Watts (1674-1748)

·   Joy to the World (1719)

·   Watts and chronic illness

Why can we sing for joy at Christmas, even when times are tough?

1)   Jesus has come as our Promised King (Lk 2:8-12)

2)   King Jesus has come to save us from sin (Matt 1:20-21)

3)   King Jesus will end sin’s destruction of things (Ps 98; Gen 3:17-19; Rom 8:20-22)  

4)   Jesus will reign as the best of all Kings (Is 9:6-7; Phil 2:9-11)