Songs of Strength (Psalms 1-13)

What do you do when the foundations of your life are falling apart?

Psalms 1-13

Message title: Songs of Strength (Psalms 1-13)
Second week of Summer Psalms coincides with the fifth week of #RenewSummer with the Story Catechism
Scriptures: Psalms 1-13; 2nd Corinthians 12:9-10
Preacher: Jeff Patterson
Date: 7/17/16

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The eighth chapter of the Story Catechism is focused on the shame Adam and Eve felt that was produced by their sin and disobedience to God:

Now remember, there is always freedom in love and obedience.
But Adam and Eve disobeyed.
All sin produces shame and separation.
When we sin, we hurt the heart of God because God loves us.
So Adam and Eve tried to cover their own shame.

Story Catechism

Scripture readings:

Psalm 2 (NLT)

Why are the nations so angry?
    Why do they waste their time with futile plans?
The kings of the earth prepare for battle;
    the rulers plot together
against the Lord
    and against his anointed one.
“Let us break their chains,” they cry,
    “and free ourselves from slavery to God.”

But the one who rules in heaven laughs.
    The Lord scoffs at them.
Then in anger he rebukes them,
    terrifying them with his fierce fury.
For the Lord declares, “I have placed my chosen king on the throne
    in Jerusalem, on my holy mountain.”

The king proclaims the Lord’s decree:
“The Lord said to me, ‘You are my son.
    Today I have become your Father.
Only ask, and I will give you the nations as your inheritance,
    the whole earth as your possession.
You will break them with an iron rod
    and smash them like clay pots.’”

10 Now then, you kings, act wisely!
    Be warned, you rulers of the earth!
11 Serve the Lord with reverent fear,
    and rejoice with trembling.
12 Submit to God’s royal son, or he will become angry,
    and you will be destroyed in the midst of all your activities—
for his anger flares up in an instant.
    But what joy for all who take refuge in him!

2 Corinthians 12:9-10 (ESV)

But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. 10 For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.

Psalm 11:4-7 (ESV)

The Lord is in his holy temple;
    the Lord‘s throne is in heaven;
    his eyes see, his eyelids test the children of man.
The Lord tests the righteous,
    but his soul hates the wicked and the one who loves violence.
Let him rain coals on the wicked;
    fire and sulfur and a scorching wind shall be the portion of their cup.
For the Lord is righteous;
he loves righteous deeds;
    the upright shall behold his face.

Psalms: Songs of Strength
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