Description: From Psalm 144 on through Psalm 150 we see a steady increase of praise and
worship for whom the Lord is and what He does and for His goodness. And in the finale – Psalm 150 – we will see the full chorus of trumpets, lutes and harps, the timbrels, stringed instruments, cymbals, even the organ and of course voices and dancing!
Description: In Psalm 138 we see David singing his heart out to the Lord. If we were to be totally honest with ourselves, “whole hearted praise” is not achieved as often as we think. Sometimes we are more concerned with the people around us than the Lord who is before us.
Description: Psalm 135 begins with “Praise the name of the Lord” and ends with “Praise the Lord!” so it doesn’t take long to guess what the theme of this Psalm is. In a few verses this Psalm tells us that it is the Lord who is really in charge and that idol worship is a waste of time and intelligence. In Psalm 136 the psalmist can’t help but end the psalm in praise and thanksgiving for all the Lord has done but that theme changes as we look at Psalm 137, a “broken hearted song.”
Description: As Pastor John continues his study of the Psalms, we complete the package of 15 Psalms known as the “Song of Degrees”. It is in this study that we see the psalmist standing in the sanctuary lifting his hands in praise to the Lord. We also learn that true praise and worship starts with a heart of humility and submission.
Description: Pastor John picks up his study of a “Song of Ascents” or a “Song of Degrees” in Psalms 126 through 128. Psalm 126 is a song of joy in which we the see the Israelites celebrating their return from Babylonian captivity. Psalm 127 reveals the vanity of building anything apart from the Lord. Finally, in Psalm 128, we learn the rewards of a family centered around God.
Description: This teaching begins a series of 15 psalms called “A Song of Degrees.” These songs were “songs for the road” or “traveling songs.” It is believed that these songs were used when the captives returned to Jerusalem from Babylon and when the travelers would go to Jerusalem 3 times a year in celebration of the Passover, Pentecost, and the Feast of Tabernacles.