by Roger Thomas

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Psalms: Songs of the Heart (10 of 10)
Through The Bible
Roger Thomas
Psalm 23, 46, 84, 101, 150

Introduction: The story has been told of two men who were the sole survivors of a shipwreck. They were afloat on a life raft and after several days had given up any hope of rescue. Finally, one said to the other, "Do you think it would do any good to pray?" The other agreed that nothing could be lost by trying. Neither, however, had ever prayed. Finally, one recalled living next door to a church as a child. He had often heard their mid-week meetings through an open window. Bowing his head he began to pray, repeating his recollection of the words he had heard uttered in that church so many years ago. His fervent prayer began, "I-26, B-15, N-7. ..."

It might be good to some time step back and ask what outsiders might learn about the things of God from observing our gatherings or listening in on our conversations. This is certainly true in general, but it is especially true when it comes to listening to our singing and our prayers. Those activities reflect our view of God and our relationship to him. What does ours teach our young or outside observers?

I mention this because tonight we come to the Psalms in our journey through the books of the Bible. The Psalms were a Hebrew book of song and prayers. As such they tell us much about God. They teach us what worship is all about. They instruct about the things God desires from us when we come before him.

Obviously, we don't have time tonight to go into great detail about each of the Psalms. We can only overview some of the common threads that run through this marvelous collection of prayers and hymns.

First Psalms is the easily the longest book in the Bible with 150 separate chapters. It is also the most quoted in the New Testament. The various Pslams were written over a long period of time by many different authors. The oldest, Psalm 90, was penned by Moses. The latest, Psalm 137, wa ...

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