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Beginning the Journey
The Psalms are messy. I was bothered by how messy yesterday’s sermon was. From my opinion, it rambled and lacked the progressionary movement I like to build into sermons. I was troubled by the sermon even after (especially immediately after!) I preached it.
However, when people talked with me about the sermon I realized that somehow, in spite of it’s bumbling nature, the message had connected. One lady, with tears in her eyes, told me that as I read Psalm 42 it put words to her feelings. Another said that when she opened to Psalm 42 her eyes began reading Psalm 40 and that it was a perfect expression for her current experience of life. Others mentioned their desire to move more deeply into the Psalms and especially to learn how to pray the Psalms.
The Psalms are messy because life is messy. Perhaps, the best way to begin this sermon series is with a messy sermon that lacked the structure and progressionary sequence that seems to help sermons communicate. Psalm 1 is not messy. It is organized and easy to understand. It presents life as it should be, and life as it will be. The 149 Psalms following Psalm 1 largely present life as it is. And frankly, life is a mess! But as the Psalms proclaim over and over — Our God is a rock!