July 31: Psalms: Languages of Worship (Psalm 1)
Prepare for Sunday morning worship using the guide below.
This Sunday Josh Herring will continue a series called Christians Creating Culture: An Examination of Gospel Identity, True Community, and Cultural Flourishing at 9:00am in the youth room. Ray Rutledge will be in the Adult 1 classroom continuing through The Gospel Project (currently going through the Old Testament).
 Blessed is the man
who walks not in the counsel of the wicked,
nor stands in the way of sinners,
nor sits in the seat of scoffers;
 but his delight is in the law of the LORD,
and on his law he meditates day and night.
 He is like a tree
planted by streams of water
that yields its fruit in its season,
and its leaf does not wither.
In all that he does, he prospers.
 The wicked are not so,
but are like chaff that the wind drives away.
 Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment,
nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous;
 for the LORD knows the way of the righteous,
but the way of the wicked will perish.
We are beginning a new series that will look at the wisdom books or the writings: Job, Psalms, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, and Song of Solomon. These are also called the poetic books of the Bible. We will start with the book of Psalms, which according to its English title means song and its Hebrew title means praise (we will skip the book of Job since in the next few years we intend to do a series on Job). We will be doing an overview of psalms, trying to understand the whole better so that we can see the parts more clearly and profit from them. The uniqueness of the psalms cannot be overstate. One unique feature among many is that whereas most Scriptures speak to us about God, the psalms speak for us to God. The psalms offer us wisdom and instruction about how to approach God in this life, not simply in the good times with rejoicing but also in the bad times with lamenting. The psalms instruct us in the languages of worship.
Review and Apply
What is your favorite book in the Bible? Why?
Do you struggle with giving praise to God? How would the psalms help you?
How are you and the church benefited by pouring out your sins and weakness to God and others in laments?
How would a psalm of trust help you fight the sin of unbelief?
Is your life characterized by gratitude and thanksgiving? Would your family agree?
What are some ways you can use these psalms?