June 11, 2023

Summer in the Psalms - Awe


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Summer in the Psalms - Awe

Message Outline

Psalm 33:1-12 (NIV)

1Sing joyfully to the Lord, you righteous;

  it is fitting for the upright to praise him.

2Praise the Lord with the harp;

  make music to him on the ten-stringed lyre.

3Sing to him a new song;

  play skillfully, and shout for joy.

4For the word of the Lord is right and true;

  he is faithful in all he does.

5The Lord loves righteousness and justice;

  the earth is full of his unfailing love.

6By the word of the Lord the heavens were made,

  their starry host by the breath of his mouth.

7He gathers the waters of the sea into jars[a];

  he puts the deep into storehouses.

8Let all the earth fear the Lord;

  let all the people of the world revere him.

9For he spoke, and it came to be;

  he commanded, and it stood firm.

10The Lord foils the plans of the nations;

  he thwarts the purposes of the peoples.

11But the plans of the Lord stand firm forever,

  the purposes of his heart through all generations.

12Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord,

  the people he chose for his inheritance.

Sing a new song:

  • Of God’s faithfulness (emunah in Hebrew)

Deuteronomy 7:9, Isaiah 25:1, Lamentations 3:22-23, 2 Timothy 2:11-13, 1 Thessalonians 5:24

  • Personal, communal, cosmic

  • Of righteousness and justice (tsedek and mishpat)

Amos 5:24, Micah 6:8, Psalm 9:8, Psalm 103:6, 2 Peter 3:13, Matthew 12:18-21

  • Personal, communal, cosmic

  • Of unfailing love (hesed in Hebrew)

Isaiah 54:10, Psalm 23:6, Micah 6:8, Mark 5:19, Ephesians 2:4-5

  • Personal, communal, cosmic

How will you pay attention to God’s faithfulness, justice, and love this week?

How will you delight (wonder) in the new song that God is inviting you to sing?

How will you give expression to the faithfulness, justice, and love of Jesus in your own community?

“God’s justice is a saving, healing, restorative justice, because the God to whom justice belongs is the Creator God who has yet to complete his original plan for creation and whose justice is designed not simply to restore balance to a world out of kilter but to bring to glorious completion and fruition the creation, teeming with life and possibility, that he made in the first place.”

- N.T. Wright, Evil and the Justice of God