Two Journeys – Rev. Benny Matherly

Psalm 103

Of David.

Praise the Lord, my soul;
    all my inmost being, praise his holy name.
Praise the Lord, my soul,
    and forget not all his benefits—
who forgives all your sins
    and heals all your diseases,
who redeems your life from the pit
    and crowns you with love and compassion,
who satisfies your desires with good things
    so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.

3rd Sunday in Advent

Sermon scripture: Psalm 126
1
When the Lord restored the fortunes of Zion,
we were like those who dreamed.
2
Our mouths were filled with laughter,
our tongues with songs of joy.
Then it was said among the nations,
“The Lord has done great things for them.”
3
The Lord has done great things for us,
and we are filled with joy.
4
Restore our fortunes, Lord,
like streams in the Negev.
5
Those who sow with tears
will reap with songs of joy.
6
Those who go out weeping,
carrying seed to sow,
will return with songs of joy,
carrying sheaves with them.

2nd Sunday in Advent

Sermon scripture: Psalm 85:1-2, 8-13
1
You, Lord, showed favor to your land;
you restored the fortunes of Jacob.
2
You forgave the iniquity of your people
and covered all their sins.

8
I will listen to what God the Lord says;
he promises peace to his people, his faithful servants—
but let them not turn to folly.
9
Surely his salvation is near those who fear him,
that his glory may dwell in our land.
10
Love and faithfulness meet together;
righteousness and peace kiss each other.
11
Faithfulness springs forth from the earth,
and righteousness looks down from heaven.
12
The Lord will indeed give what is good,
and our land will yield its harvest.
13
Righteousness goes before him
and prepares the way for his steps.

Remember God’s past mercy (vs.1-2):

I will be found by you, declares the Lord, and I will restore your fortunes and gather you from all the nations and all the places where I have driven you, declares the Lord, and I will bring you back to the place from which I sent you into exile. Jeremiah 29:14

Blessed is the one whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered.
Psalm 32:1

Listen carefully to God’s Word (vs.8-13):

For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.
Jeremiah 29:11

And the effect of righteousness will be peace, and the result of righteousness, quietness and trust forever.
Isaiah 32:17

Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change.
James 1:17

Psalms for Advent – 1st Sunday

Sermon scripture: Psalm 80:1-7, 17-19
1
Hear us, Shepherd of Israel,
you who lead Joseph like a flock.
You who sit enthroned between the cherubim,
shine forth
2
before Ephraim, Benjamin and Manasseh.
Awaken your might;
come and save us.
3
Restore us, O God;
make your face shine on us,
that we may be saved.
4
How long, Lord God Almighty,
will your anger smolder
against the prayers of your people?
5
You have fed them with the bread of tears;
you have made them drink tears by the bowlful.
6
You have made us an object of derision[b] to our neighbors,
and our enemies mock us.
7
Restore us, God Almighty;
make your face shine on us,
that we may be saved.
17
Let your hand rest on the man at your right hand,
the son of man you have raised up for yourself.
18
Then we will not turn away from you;
revive us, and we will call on your name.
19
Restore us, Lord God Almighty;
make your face shine on us,
that we may be saved.

A Psalm of Grateful Praise

Sermon scripture: Psalm 100
A psalm. For giving grateful praise.

Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth.

    Worship the Lord with gladness;
    come before him with joyful songs.

Know that the Lord is God.
    It is he who made us, and we are his[a];
    we are his people, the sheep of his pasture.

Enter his gates with thanksgiving
    and his courts with praise;
    give thanks to him and praise his name.

For the Lord is good and his love endures forever;
    his faithfulness continues through all generations.

Acknowledge the Lord: Praise Him alone(vs.1-2):

Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies.
1 Corinthians 6:19-20

not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.
Hebrews 10:25

Receive the Lord: Confess (know) that He is the only true God (v.3)

I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.
Psalm 139:14

I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. Just as the Father knows me and I know the Father—and I lay down my life for the sheep.
John 10:11,15

Enter the Lord’s presence with a thankful heart (vs.4-5):

Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.
James 1:17

Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.
Hebrews 13:8

Let’s Just Praise the Lord

Sermon scripture: Psalm 150

Praise the Lord.
Praise God in his sanctuary;
    praise him in his mighty heavens.

Praise him for his acts of power;
    praise him for his surpassing greatness.

Praise him with the sounding of the trumpet,
    praise him with the harp and lyre,

praise him with timbrel and dancing,
    praise him with the strings and pipe,

praise him with the clash of cymbals,
    praise him with resounding cymbals.

Let everything that has breath praise the Lord.
Praise the Lord.

By myself I have sworn, my mouth has uttered in all integrity a word that will not be revoked: Before me every knee will bow; by me every tongue will swear.
Isaiah 45:23

It is written: “‘As surely as I live,’ says the Lord, ‘every knee will bow before me; every tongue will acknowledge God.’”
Romans 14:11

Who should praise Him (v. 1):
And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.
Hebrews 10:24-25

Why we should praise Him (v. 2):
Praise the Lord. Sing to the Lord a new song, his praise in the assembly of his faithful people. Let Israel rejoice in their Maker; let the people of Zion be glad in their King. Let them praise his name with dancing and make music to him with timbrel and harp. For the Lord takes delight in his people; he crowns the humble with victory. Psalm 149:1-4

Yours, Lord, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the majesty and the splendor, for everything in heaven and earth is yours. Yours, Lord, is the kingdom; you are exalted as head over all. Wealth and honor come from you; you are the ruler of all things. In your hands are strength and power to exalt and give strength to all. Now, our God, we give you thanks, and praise your glorious name.
1 Chronicles 29:11-13

How should we praise Him (vs. 3-5):
But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.
1 Peter 2:9

Call upon every creature that has breath to praise the Lord—both in heaven and earth (vs. 6):

that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
Philippians 2:10-11

Through Jesus, therefore, let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise—the fruit of lips that openly profess his name.
Hebrews 13:15