Soul Sermons from Psalms (pt. 1)
How a sermon from Psalms can touch the heart like the Psalm itself
posted 03/01/04See theme
The Psalms possess tremendous power to impact us. They reach past the surface concerns and emotional defenses of our daily lives and open our hearts toward God. Depending upon which psalm is in view, a given psalm may comfort our hearts, lift our feelings toward God, convict our consciences of sin, or arouse us out of our complacency.
This phenomenon is no accident. From beginning to endfrom the process of composition to the time of our reading and reflection upon a psalmGod's Spirit takes an active role in the process. Each psalm is carefully shaped by both its divine and human authors to address us in specific ways. Allender and Longman write:
No section of the Bible teaches us the language of the soul better than the Psalms, which reflect the movement of the human heart in rich, evocative, and startling language. In a voice that disrupts, invites, and reveals, the psalmist draws us to the voice of God. ...