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Teach Us To Number Our Days (via Robert Godfrey)

“Teach us to number our days that we may get a heart of wisdom” (Psalm 90: 12) is one of my favourite verses in the Psalms.
In an excerpt from his new book, Learning To Love The Psalms, Robert Godfrey points out that the lesson of the verse is not to focus on making the best use of the number of days we get, but to be challenged by the shortness of the time we have here to look to eternity.
That’s wisdom.
From the post.

If our need is to number our days by contrasting their shortness with the eternal nature of God, then our prayer to God is that He would teach us: “Teach us to number our days.” We will never learn that lesson in our own strength. We are not only ignorant if left to ourselves, but we suppress the truth in unrighteousness (Rom 1:18). We convince ourselves that we have a long time to live, and as long as we are healthy, we really believe that we will live forever in this body. We need a teacher, and the only teacher who can rescue us from ourselves is God.

Read the whole post here.


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Saviour, Shepherd Me – Sunday Songs

Saviour, Shepherd Me.
A setting of Psalm 23 by Matt Searles, vocals by Liv Chapman.
Released on Searle’s 2016 album Tumbling Sky.

The lyrics:
The Lord’s my shepherd
Nothing shall I lack, or need
He bids my soul rest
In the pastures wide and green
Saviour shepherd me
Saviour shepherd me
His grace restores me
I walk in paths of righteousness
And for His glory
My king will keep me till the end
You are all I need
Jesus all I need
Your love and mercy follow me
Til I feast at the table of the King
And in the shadow
When all my path’s too dark to see
My Lord is with me
His rod and staff will comfort me
Saviour shepherd me
Saviour shepherd me
You are all I need
Jesus all I need
Your love and mercy follow me
Til I feast at the table of the King
Saviour shepherd me
Saviour shepherd me

© Matt Searles 2016


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The Voice You Can Hear In Any Storm (preparing for mgpc 8/1/17)

Song of preparation: You Sons Of The Gods (Psalm 29).
Call to worship:
Praise: All Creatures Of Our God And King.
Corporate Prayer of Confession:
Song of assurance, confession of faith, doxology: My Heart Is Filled With Thankfulness; Romans 8: 31-39; Praise God From Whom All Blessings Flow.
Continuous reading: Daniel 4: 28 – 37 – Nebuchadnezzar’s humiliation, foretold in his own dream as interpreted by Daniel, is triggered by his proud failure to recognize the sovereignty of God.
Bible Memorisation: Ephesians 4:32
Praise: Father We Come To You (Revive Us, O Lord).
Scripture reading: Psalm 29.
Sermon: The Voice You Can Hear In Any Storm – God speaks in command of the storm and his voice can be heard both over and through the tempest. His reign and rule and certain, as is the peace he offers to his people.
Praise: According To Your Gracious Word.
The Lord’s Supper.
Tithes and offerings.
Departing praise: We Are His Children (Go Forth In His Name).


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The School Of Praise (preparing for mgpc 1/1/17)

Songs of preparation: Hallelujah! Praise The LORD’s Name (Psalm 148) and All Glory Be To Christ.
Call to worship:
Praise: O God Our Help In Ages Past.
Corporate Prayer of Confession:
Song of assurance, confession of faith, doxology: The Family Prayer Song; The Apostles’ Creed; Praise God From Whom All Blessings Flow.
Continuous reading: Daniel 4: 1 – 27 – Daniel interprets Nebuchadnezzar’s second dream, a prophesy of the King’s humiliation for his failure to recognize the sovereignty of God.
Bible Memorisation: Ephesians 3:18-19
Praise: Speak, O Lord.
Scripture reading: Psalm 148.
Sermon: The School Of Praise – God’s people recognise that praise is woven into the fabric of the universe, we don’t praise God alone, we’re joining in the chorus.
Pastoral prayer.
Tithes and offerings.
Departing praise: O Lord My God – How Great Thou Art.


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I’ll Not Be Shaken (Psalm 62) by Wendell Kimbrough

This version of Psalm 62, title I’ll Not Be Shaken is from Wendell Kimbrough’s recent album Psalms We Sing Together.


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Preaching Psalms. All Of Them.

So, last Sunday night I finished preaching Psalms on Sunday nights.
The Sunday evening congregation made it with me through all 150 Psalms, including one evening where Psalm 119 was read in its entirety. After Psalm 150 I returned to Psalm 119 and preached through its 22 sections.
There were five or so of those that others preached, but other than that it was my little project.
Can’t imagine I’ll do it again, but I never imagined doing it the first time.
The evening congregation’s support was deeply appreciated throughout.

Next we’ll set off on John’s Gospel and see where that takes us.


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If Jesus Loved The Psalms, Christians Should Love Them Too (via Mark Johnson)

Mark Johnson writes about the paradox of people who love and follow Jesus not using the songs that Jesus loved and used in his own life as part of their worship:
In conclusion:

The greatest reason for loving the psalms and for using them for worship and to aid us in the ongoing task of composing hymns and spiritual songs through every generation is that Jesus loved them. He loved them because they were all about him as previews of his incarnation, life and work. He loved them because they provided a musical route map to the course his life had to follow in order to secure salvation. He loved them because they led through death to resurrection and the eternal glory of the world to come. He proved that he loved them because he was forever singing and quoting them – even in his darkest hour. And if he loved them, then we his children should love them and dig deep into their content to appreciate what made them special. When we do that, it will not only deepen our appreciation of the psalms, it will also enrich the quality of the hymns and songs the church produces for God’s glory and his people’s joy.

Read the whole post here.