Sermon Starter: Psalm 1

I preach through Psalm 1 once a year. This is the outline I used a few years ago. Remember that a sermon is not a sermon until it’s preached so you’ll have to have more than this to preach it but this one received a good response so I put it here for my readers to use as guides for their own.

Psalm 1

Exegetical Idea: The contrast between those who practice righteousness and the wicked is demonstrated in their ultimate end.

Homiletical Idea: Enjoy the blessings of the Lord.

1. Be blessed by practicing righteousness (1-2).

  • The righteous do not live as the ungodly and do not find pleasure in the ways of the wicked (1).
  • The righteous find pleasure in knowing and keeping God’s Law (2).
  • The righteous will be fruitful in their obedience (1a, 3).

Application summary: We must avoid the temptation to see this blessing wholly in terms defined by this world. The righteous are not always blessed with material prosperity but enjoy the covenant blessings in the age to come. Those who are truly righteous find delight in keeping God’s Law, not in using obedience as a tool to manipulate God to receive earthly blessings (e.g., the prosperity teachers).

2. Be blessed by realizing the futility of a life without God (4-5).

  • The ungodly live lives of no lasting or eternal value (4).
  • The ungodly will not enjoy the blessings of the righteous (5).

Application summary: The psalmist is not necessarily speaking of those who commit gross or heinous sin, but of those who live without God. The lives of the ungodly often have value in this world and they often teach even the righteous things that bring joy and help in this life. The psalmist, however, is speaking in eternal terms. Without God there is truly no hope and all is vanity: emptiness and meaningless.

3. Be blessed by remembering your ultimate end (6).

  • The Lord orders the way of the righteous to bring blessing to them (6a).
  • The Lord allows the ungodly to go to their end (6b).

Application summary: The ungodly will not enjoy the eternal blessings the righteous will enjoy; their joy and the fruit of their legacy will not last beyond this life. The righteous, however, not only have their lives ordered by the lord in this life, he faithfully keeps his covenant promises and brings them through the Day of Judgment to enjoy eternal blessing.

Conclusion: Augustine begins his exposition of this psalm by stating: “This psalm is about our Lord Jesus Christ, the God-Man.” As New Testament believers we read this psalm and recognize that Christ is the ultimate righteous man who despised evil and delighted in God’s law. The righteous will stand in the Day of Judgment and not perish because of Christ.

 

 

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A Prayer for the Second Sunday after Christmas

Christ laid aside his glory and became human that we might share in his glory.00002322

O God, who wonderfully created, and yet more wonderfully
restored, the dignity of human nature: Grant that we may
share the divine life of him who humbled himself to share
our humanity, your Son Jesus Christ; who lives and reigns
with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever
and ever. Amen.

Source

Art: St. Savin – Apostles in Glory (1040-1090) Abbaye de Saint Savin, Vienne, France

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A Prayer for the First Sunday after Christmas

Jesus is the Light of the World. May we shine his Light into the darkness of this world.B_FirstSundayofAdvent

Almighty God, you have poured upon us the new light of
your incarnate Word: Grant that this light, enkindled in our
hearts, may shine forth in our lives; through Jesus Christ our
Lord, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy
Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

Source

ArtMajestas, Comper, Ninian, 1864-1960.

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A Prayer for Christmas

As we remember the Christ-Child, may we also remember that will return as Righteous Judge and trust in Him as Redeemer so that we will not fear the Day of Judgment.6444759299_025e984b0f

O God, you make us glad by the yearly festival of the birth
of your only Son Jesus Christ: Grant that we, who joyfully
receive him as our Redeemer, may with sure confidence
behold him when he comes to be our Judge; who lives and
reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and
for ever. Amen.

Source

Art: Petrus Christus, Annunciation; Nativity; Last judgment. Berlin, 1452.

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A Prayer for the Fourth Sunday of Advent

May Christ find us welcoming and humble servants. Yorck_B_030

Purify our conscience, Almighty God, by your daily visitation,
that your Son Jesus Christ, at his coming, may find in us a
mansion prepared for himself; who lives and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.
Amen.

Source

Art: Gabriel, Angel of the Annunciation

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A Prayer for the Third Sunday of Advent

Repentance is always appropriate during Advent. Only after Repentance do we know the freedom of Forgiveness.

Stir up your power, O Lord, and with great might come
among us; and, because we are sorely hindered by our sins,
let your bountiful grace and mercy speedily help and deliver
us; through Jesus Christ our Lord, to whom, with you and
the Holy Spirit, be honor and glory, now and for ever. Amen.

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Source

Art: Angel of Truth Giving Freedom and Liberty to the Slave by Guérin, Jules Vallée (1866-1946)

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A Prayer for the Second Sunday of Advent

God was faithful to send his prophets, may we heed their preaching (the artwork is John the Baptizer preaching).00001324

Merciful God, who sent your messengers the prophets to
preach repentance and prepare the way for our salvation:
Give us grace to heed their warnings and forsake our sins,
that we may greet with joy the coming of Jesus Christ our
Redeemer; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy
Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

Source

Art

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