A Matter of Life & Breath
I am really excited about our summer message series at Southgate. The title is “A Matter of Life and Breath” …Psalms that touch the heart. The book of psalms has been the mainstay of my personal devotional life for years. Reading, Meditating, reciting and singing the psalms has been a great source of inspiration to me. I can relate to well-known Bible figures who struggled, argued, and rejoiced with God. It is of great consolation. In other words, “oh, wow! It’s okay to feel like that!” The pulse of the book of Psalms is life and breath. Even to the very last verse of psalms “Let everything that has breath praise the Lord.” Psalm 150:6 Praise the Lord!
“Within the psalms we find expression to our deepest thoughts of reverence for God, our most excited joy in knowing Him, and our darkest terror in those moments we feel cut off from Him.” (R. B. Allen)
The book of Psalms has supplied to believers some of their best-loved Bible passages. It is a collection of 150 poems that express a wide variety of emotions, including; love and adoration toward God, sorrow over sin, dependence on God in desperate circumstances, the battle of fear and trust, walking with God even when the way seems dark, thankfulness for God’s care, devotion to the word of God, and confidence in the eventual triumph of God’s purposes for the world. Psalms covers a tremendous breadth of diverse topics such as jubilation, war, peace, worship, judgment, messianic prophecy, praise and lament.
The Psalms have always been a source of inspiration and spiritual strength. In the course of dealing with the adversities of life, people are often frustrated by not been able to adequately express their emotional pain or mental anguish. Psalms release us from that frustration. Psalms also takes us to the overwhelming heights of praise and worship as we declare the unsearchable greatness of God.
Psalms is a book for everyone, for every circumstance and for every emotion. Psalms truly are the heart of the Bible.