June 13, 2021

Psalm 92


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Summer in the Psalms: Psalm 92

Message Outline

Psalm 92 (NIV)

A psalm. A song. For the Sabbath day.

1 It is good to praise the Lord and make music

  to your name, O Most High,

2 proclaiming your love in the morning and

  your faithfulness at night,

3 to the music of the ten-stringed lyre and

  the melody of the harp.

4 For you make me glad by your deeds, Lord;

     I sing for joy at what your hands have done.

5 How great are your works, Lord,

  how profound your thoughts!

6 Senseless people do not know

  fools do not understand,

7 that though the wicked spring up like grass and

  all evildoers flourish, they will be destroyed forever.

8 But you, Lord, are forever exalted.

9 For surely your enemies, Lord, surely your enemies

  will perish; all evildoers will be scattered.

10 You have exalted my horn like that of a wild ox;

       fine oils have been poured on me.

11 My eyes have seen the defeat of

   my adversaries; my ears have heard the rout

   of my wicked foes.

12 The righteous will flourish like a palm tree,

   they will grow like a cedar of Lebanon;

13 planted in the house of the Lord,

   they will flourish in the courts of our God.

14 They will still bear fruit in old age,

   they will stay fresh and green,

15 proclaiming, “The Lord is upright; he is my Rock,

   and there is no wickedness in him.”

A Sabbath song to remember and refocus

A psalm. A song. For the Sabbath day.

Remember that you were slaves in Egypt and that the Lord your God brought you out of there with a mighty hand and an outstretched arm. Therefore the Lord your God has commanded you to observe the Sabbath day. Deuteronomy 5:15 (NIV)

1. Keeps us flourishing. (v.1-3, 12-15)

your love in the morning and your faithfulness at night… The Lord is upright; he is my Rock

  • righteous
  • proclaiming
  • grow 
  • flourish

2. Gives us joy. (v.4-6, 10-11)

For you make me glad by your deeds… You have exalted my horn… fine oils poured on me.

  • strength
  • blessing

3. Grows us in wisdom. (v.7-9)

But, you Lord are exalted forever.

Where the worshipping community seriously articulates these two moves [from orientation to disorientation to new orientation], it affirms an understanding of reality that knows that if we try to keep our lives we will lose them, and that when lost for the gospel, we will be given life. Such a practice of the Psalms cannot be taken for granted in our culture, but will be done only if there is resolved intentionality to live life in a more excellent way.” 

Walter Brueggemann, The Message of the Psalms: A theological commentary