GracePoint Plant City - Psalms: Emotions Before God en-us ©2020 GracePoint Plant City Razorplanet Feed Generator 0.1.2 Mon, 02 Sep 2019 08:30:00 -0500 Mon, 02 Sep 2019 08:30:00 -0500 Psalm Resource Guide As we near the end of our summer series in the Psalms, I wanted to share several resources that you can use to continue your study in the Psalms. The following quote is a great reminder of why we have been studying the Psalms through the summer months: “For years I’ve read the Psalter daily; there is no other book I know and love so well as this one…Knowing them in this way belongs to the greatest enrichments of my life.” – Dietrich Bonhoeffer on May 15, 1943, writing to his parents from his Nazi prison cell at Tegel. The following are resources that you can use when studying, meditating, and praying the Psalms. 1. Psalms, The Prayer book of the Bible - Dietrich Bonhoeffer. 2. Reflections on the Psalms - C. S. Lewis 3. Derek Kidner — Psalms 1-72; Psalms 73-150 (Tyndale Old Testament Commentaries, 1973). 4. Praying the Bible by Donald S. Whitney - great chapter on praying the Psalms. 5. The Matthew Henry Method of Prayer - online and email prayer guide that uses Scriptures to guide you in your prayer. 6. Willem A. VanGemeren — “Psalms” in the Expositor’s Bible Commentary (1991). 7. Heart Aflame: Daily Readings from Psalms by John Calvin. GracePoint Plant City - - 300 300 9/1/2019 - Labor and Rest LABOR & REST PSALM 62 1 For God alone my soul waits in silence;     from him comes my salvation. 2 He alone is my rock and my salvation,     my fortress; I shall not be greatly shaken. 3 How long will all of you attack a man     to batter him,     like a leaning wall, a tottering fence? 4 They only plan to thrust him down from his high position.     They take pleasure in falsehood. They bless with their mouths,     but inwardly they curse. Selah 5 For God alone, O my soul, wait in silence,     for my hope is from him. 6 He only is my rock and my salvation,     my fortress; I shall not be shaken. 7 On God rests my salvation and my glory;     my mighty rock, my refuge is God. 8 Trust in him at all times, O people;     pour out your heart before him;     God is a refuge for us. Selah 9 Those of low estate are but a breath;     those of high estate are a delusion; in the balances they go up;     they are together lighter than a breath. 10 Put no trust in extortion;     set no vain hopes on robbery;     if riches increase, set not your heart on them. 11 Once God has spoken;     twice have I heard this: that power belongs to God, 12     and that to you, O Lord, belongs steadfast love. For you will render to a man     according to his work. Sermon Notes: Labor and Rest 1. Rest in the midst of stress (vs. 1-6)           a. Quiet confidence           b. Stress from attackers           c. Quiet confidence 2. Rest in God (vs. 7)           a. Confidence in God alone 3. Rest with confidence (vs. 8-12)           a. Heart confidence           b. God confidence           c. God confidence to save Quotes to Ponder   “Thou hast made us for thyself, O Lord, and our heart is restless until it finds its rest in thee.” - Augustine of Hippo “Work is a blessing. God has so arranged the world that work is necessary, and He gives us hands and strength to do it. The enjoyment of leisure would be nothing if we had only leisure. It is the joy of work well done that enables us to enjoy rest, just as it is the experiences of hunger and thirst that make food and drink such pleasures.” - Elisabeth Elliot “Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.” - Matthew 11:29 Mon, 02 Sep 2019 08:30:00 -0500 8/25/2019 - Marvel at the Cornerstone Marvel at the Cornerstone Psalm 118 English Standard Version (ESV) His Steadfast Love Endures Forever 118 Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good;     for his steadfast love endures forever! 2 Let Israel say,     “His steadfast love endures forever.” 3 Let the house of Aaron say,     “His steadfast love endures forever.” 4 Let those who fear the Lord say,     “His steadfast love endures forever.” 5 Out of my distress I called on the Lord;     the Lord answered me and set me free. 6 The Lord is on my side; I will not fear.     What can man do to me? 7 The Lord is on my side as my helper;     I shall look in triumph on those who hate me. 8 It is better to take refuge in the Lord     than to trust in man. 9 It is better to take refuge in the Lord     than to trust in princes. 10 All nations surrounded me;     in the name of the Lord I cut them off! 11 They surrounded me, surrounded me on every side;     in the name of the Lord I cut them off! 12 They surrounded me like bees;     they went out like a fire among thorns;     in the name of the Lord I cut them off! 13 I was pushed hard,a]">[a] so that I was falling,     but the Lord helped me. 14 The Lord is my strength and my song;     he has become my salvation. 15 Glad songs of salvation     are in the tents of the righteous: “The right hand of the Lord does valiantly, 16     the right hand of the Lord exalts,     the right hand of the Lord does valiantly!” 17 I shall not die, but I shall live,     and recount the deeds of the Lord. 18 The Lord has disciplined me severely,     but he has not given me over to death. 19 Open to me the gates of righteousness,     that I may enter through them     and give thanks to the Lord. 20 This is the gate of the Lord;     the righteous shall enter through it. 21 I thank you that you have answered me     and have become my salvation. 22 The stone that the builders rejected     has become the cornerstone.b]">[b] 23 This is the Lord's doing;     it is marvelous in our eyes. 24 This is the day that the Lord has made;     let us rejoice and be glad in it. 25 Save us, we pray, O Lord!     O Lord, we pray, give us success! 26 Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!     We bless you from the house of the Lord. 27 The Lord is God,     and he has made his light to shine upon us. Bind the festal sacrifice with cords,     up to the horns of the altar! 28 You are my God, and I will give thanks to you;     you are my God; I will extol you. 29 Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good;     for his steadfast love endures forever! SERMON NOTES:MARVEL AT THE CORNERSTONE 1. Marvel 1 - Timeless Love (vs. 1-4)     a. Our history     b. Give thanks 2. Marvel 2 - Timely Help(vs. 5-9)     a. Hebrews 13:6     b. Sure refuge 3. Marvel 3 - The Victor’s Welcome (vs. 19-23)     a. The challenge at the gate (vs. 19-20)     b. The chief cornerstone (vs. 21-23) Quotes to Ponder “This precious Cornerstone binds God and man together in wondrous amity, for He is both in one! He joins earth and Heaven together, for He participates in each! He joins time and eternity together, for He was a man of few years and yet He is the Ancient of Days!” - C.H. Spurgeon “"Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth? Tell Me, if you have understanding, Who set its measurements? Since you know. Or who stretched the line on it? "On what were its bases sunk? Or who laid its cornerstone,” - Job 38:4-6 “One cannot help but be in awe when [one] contemplates the mysteries of eternity, of life, of the marvelous structure of reality.” - Albert Einstein “In the original language, 'Fear the Lord' doesn't mean be afraid. It means sustaining a joyful, astonished awe, and wonder before Him.” - Timothy Keller Sun, 25 Aug 2019 23:00:00 -0500 8/18/2019 - The Servant's Pain Psalm 69 The Servant's Pain  To the choirmaster: according to Lilies. Of David. 69 Save me, O God!     For the waters have come up to my neck.a]">[a] 2 I sink in deep mire,     where there is no foothold; I have come into deep waters,     and the flood sweeps over me. 3 I am weary with my crying out;     my throat is parched. My eyes grow dim     with waiting for my God. 4 More in number than the hairs of my head     are those who hate me without cause; mighty are those who would destroy me,     those who attack me with lies. What I did not steal     must I now restore? 5 O God, you know my folly;     the wrongs I have done are not hidden from you. 6 Let not those who hope in you be put to shame through me,     O Lord God of hosts; let not those who seek you be brought to dishonor through me,     O God of Israel. 7 For it is for your sake that I have borne reproach,     that dishonor has covered my face. 8 I have become a stranger to my brothers,     an alien to my mother's sons. 9 For zeal for your house has consumed me,     and the reproaches of those who reproach you have fallen on me. 10 When I wept and humbledb]">[b] my soul with fasting,     it became my reproach. 11 When I made sackcloth my clothing,     I became a byword to them. 12 I am the talk of those who sit in the gate,     and the drunkards make songs about me. 13 But as for me, my prayer is to you, O Lord.     At an acceptable time, O God,     in the abundance of your steadfast love answer me in your saving faithfulness. 14 Deliver me     from sinking in the mire; let me be delivered from my enemies     and from the deep waters. 15 Let not the flood sweep over me,     or the deep swallow me up,     or the pit close its mouth over me. 16 Answer me, O Lord, for your steadfast love is good;     according to your abundant mercy, turn to me. 17 Hide not your face from your servant,     for I am in distress; make haste to answer me. 18 Draw near to my soul, redeem me;     ransom me because of my enemies! 19 You know my reproach,     and my shame and my dishonor;     my foes are all known to you. 20 Reproaches have broken my heart,     so that I am in despair. I looked for pity, but there was none,     and for comforters, but I found none. 21 They gave me poison for food,     and for my thirst they gave me sour wine to drink. 22 Let their own table before them become a snare;     and when they are at peace, let it become a trap.c]">[c] 23 Let their eyes be darkened, so that they cannot see,     and make their loins tremble continually. 24 Pour out your indignation upon them,     and let your burning anger overtake them. 25 May their camp be a desolation;     let no one dwell in their tents. 26 For they persecute him whom you have struck down,     and they recount the pain of those you have wounded. 27 Add to them punishment upon punishment;     may they have no acquittal from you. 28 Let them be blotted out of the book of the living;     let them not be enrolled among the righteous. 29 But I am afflicted and in pain;     let your salvation, O God, set me on high! 30 I will praise the name of God with a song;     I will magnify him with thanksgiving. 31 This will please the Lord more than an ox     or a bull with horns and hoofs. 32 When the humble see it they will be glad;     you who seek God, let your hearts revive. 33 For the Lord hears the needy     and does not despise his own people who are prisoners. 34 Let heaven and earth praise him,     the seas and everything that moves in them. 35 For God will save Zion     and build up the cities of Judah, and people shall dwell there and possess it; 36     the offspring of his servants shall inherit it,     and those who love his name shall dwell in it. SERMON NOTES THE SERVANT’S PAIN  PSALM 69 1. Be a Servant. (vs. 1-3, 29)     a. Pain one     b. Up is down & down is up     c. How are you a servant? 2. Be . (vs. 4-15, 29)     a. Pain two     b. Righteous living     c. How are you being hated? 3. Be an . (vs. 16-18, 29, 30-36)      a. Pain three     b. Receive the free gift     c. Have you acted like an exchange? Quotes to Ponder “Everybody can be great, because everybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and your verb agree to serve…You only need a heart full of grace, a soul generated by love.” - Martin Luther King, Jr. “Our duties naturally emerge from such fundamental relations as our families, neighborhoods, workplaces, our state or nation. Make it your regular habit to consider your roles – parent, child, neighbor, citizen, leader – and the natural duties that arise from them. Once you know who you are and to whom you are linked, you will know what to do.” - Epictetus “Life is an exciting business and most exciting when lived for others.” - Helen Keller “Organizations exist to serve. Period. Leaders live to serve. Period.” - Tom Peters Mon, 19 Aug 2019 08:30:00 -0500 8/11/2019 - God and Gratitude God and Gratitude PSALM 108   1 My heart is steadfast, O God!     I will sing and make melody with all my being! 2 Awake, O harp and lyre!     I will awake the dawn! 3 I will give thanks to you, O Lord, among the peoples;     I will sing praises to you among the nations. 4 For your steadfast love is great above the heavens;     your faithfulness reaches to the clouds. 5 Be exalted, O God, above the heavens!     Let your glory be over all the earth! 6 That your beloved ones may be delivered,     give salvation by your right hand and answer me! 7 God has promised in his holiness:     “With exultation I will divide up Shechem     and portion out the Valley of Succoth. 8 Gilead is mine; Manasseh is mine;     Ephraim is my helmet,     Judah my scepter. 9 Moab is my washbasin;     upon Edom I cast my shoe;     over Philistia I shout in triumph.” 10 Who will bring me to the fortified city?     Who will lead me to Edom? 11 Have you not rejected us, O God?     You do not go out, O God, with our armies. 12 Oh grant us help against the foe,     for vain is the salvation of man! 13 With God we shall do valiantly;     it is he who will tread down our foes.   SERMON NOTES   Psalm 108 - God & Gratitude   Thanksgiving is a response to our challenges (vs. 1-5) Psalm 57:7-11 - individual lament Confident hope Trials lead us to God(vs. 6-13) Psalm 60:5-12 - community lament God has promised Next Steps Following Jesus Christ into our trials Gratitude mindset   Quotes to Ponder “Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever!” - Psalm 107:1   “give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” - 1 Thess. 5:18   “And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.” - Col. 3:17   “Enter his gates with thanksgiving, and his courts with praise!  Give thanks to him; bless his name!” - Psalm 100:4   Mon, 12 Aug 2019 08:30:00 -0500 8/04/2019 - Anger ANGER Psalm 79   How Long, O Lord? A Psalm of Asaph. 79 O God, the nations have come into your inheritance; they have defiled your holy temple;     they have laid Jerusalem in ruins. 2 They have given the bodies of your servants to the birds of the heavens for food,     the flesh of your faithful to the beasts of the earth. 3 They have poured out their blood like water all around Jerusalem,     and there was no one to bury them. 4 We have become a taunt to our neighbors, mocked and derided by those around us. 5 How long, O Lord?  Will you be angry forever?  Will your jealousy burn like fire? 6 Pour out your anger on the nations that do not know you,   and on the kingdoms that do not call upon your name! 7 For they have devoured Jacob and laid waste his habitation. 8 Do not remember against us our former iniquities; let your compassion come speedily to meet us,    for we are brought very low. 9 Help us, O God of our salvation, for the glory of your name; deliver us, and atone for our sins, for your name's sake! 10 Why should the nations say,  “Where is their God?”     Let the avenging of the outpoured blood of your servants     be known among the nations before our eyes! 11 Let the groans of the prisoners come before you;     according to your great power, preserve those doomed to die! 12 Return sevenfold into the lap of our neighbors     the taunts with which they have taunted you, O Lord! 13 But we your people, the sheep of your pasture, will give thanks to you forever;     from generation to generation we will recount your praise. SERMON NOTES   1.      Blame (vs. 1-5)          1.      Story of destruction   2.      Shame (vs. 6-12)          1.      Confess your sins 3.      Hope (vs. 13)         1.      Communion and Jesus Christ         2.      Repent and Remember Mon, 05 Aug 2019 08:30:00 -0500 7/28/2019 - Has God Abandon Me HAS GOD ABANDONED ME? PSALM 77 A PSALM OF ASAPH To Asaph – 1 Chronicles 16:4- 5      1- Asaph’s Complaint v1-6      2- Asaph’s Confusion v7-10      3- Asaph’s Confession v11-15      4- Asaph’s Consolation v14-15      5- Asaph’s Conclusion v19-20 ACTION STEPS: 1- Step back from your problem 2- Remember – God is bigger than your problem 3- God usually leads us Through – not around our problem 4- Sometimes I need a Moses or Aaron to help Mon, 29 Jul 2019 08:30:00 -0500 7/21/2019 - Doubt DOUBT PSALM 13 1 How long, O Lord? Will you forget me forever?     How long will you hide your face from me? 2 How long must I take counsel in my soul     and have sorrow in my heart all the day? How long shall my enemy be exalted over me? 3 Consider and answer me, O Lord my God;     light up my eyes, lest I sleep the sleep of death, 4 lest my enemy say, “I have prevailed over him,”     lest my foes rejoice because I am shaken. 5 But I have trusted in your steadfast love;     my heart shall rejoice in your salvation. 6 I will sing to the Lord,     because he has dealt bountifully with me. SERMON NOTES 1. David _______________      a. David’s _______________      b. What are your doubts? 2. David at _______________      a. David’s _______________      b. What are your desires? 3. David at the _______________      a. David’s _______________      b. What and who are you delighting in? 4. Gospel Focus QUOTES TO PONDER “Surely… we cannot imagine any certainty that is not tinged with doubt, or any assurance that is not assailed by some anxiety.” – John Calvin “Belief in God does not exempt us from feelings of abandonment by God. Praising God does not inoculate us from doubts about God.” – Eugene Peterson “Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here; see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it into my side. Stop doubting and believe.” - Jesus  Mon, 22 Jul 2019 08:30:00 -0500 Loneliness Mon, 15 Jul 2019 09:30:00 -0500 7/7/2019 - Anxiety & Fear ANXIETY & FEAR PSALM 3:1-8​​​​​​ 1 O Lord, how many are my foes!     Many are rising against me; 2 many are saying of my soul,     “There is no salvation for him in God.” Selah[a] 3 But you, O Lord, are a shield about me,     my glory, and the lifter of my head. 4 I cried aloud to the Lord,     and he answered me from his holy hill. Selah 5 I lay down and slept;     I woke again, for the Lord sustained me. 6 I will not be afraid of many thousands of people     who have set themselves against me all around. 7 Arise, O Lord!     Save me, O my God! For you strike all my enemies on the cheek;     you break the teeth of the wicked. 8 Salvation belongs to the Lord;   your blessing be on your people!  GENESIS 15:1, 8 1 After these things the word of the Lord came to Abram in a vision: “Fear not, Abram, I am your shield; your reward shall be very great.” 8 But he said, “O Lord God, how am I to know that I shall possess it?” Sermon Notes 1. What is ? _______________      a. David’s fears vs. 1-2      b. Two aspects of fear 2. Four _______________ Out of Fear      a. Obey King Jesus      b. Change your glory      c. Trust in God’s promise      d. Be in community QUOTES TO PONDER “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.” – Joshua 1:9 “Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.” – Matt. 6:34 “There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.” - 1 John 4:18 “But now, this is what the Lord says…Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine.” - Isaiah 43:1 Mon, 08 Jul 2019 08:30:00 -0500