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Preaching Series on Psalms (3 of 5)
Preaching Series on Psalms Commentary
by Rolf Jacobson
[This is Week 3 of a 5-week preaching series on Psalms.]
Preaching text: Psalm 23; accompanying text: John 10:1-4
A Psalm of Trust
Very similar to the prayers for help, the psalms of trust are prayed from a situation of severe crisis: "the valley of the shadow of death" (23:4), the times when "evildoers assail me" (27:2), or when the "waters roar and foam" and the "mountains tremble" (46:3). The major difference between the prayers for help and the psalms of trust is the dominant mood. Both types of psalm depend on God. Both types of psalm at least imply a request for help. And both types of psalm include expressions of trust. But whereas the prayers for help strike the dominant note of fear and desperation, the psalms of trust hit the chord of trust. They confess "I fear not, for you are with me." Or, "the Lord of hosts is with us, the God of Jacob is our refuge" (46:7, 11). As such, one might imagine the prayers for help the prayer of those who are younger, who are going through their first times of crisis. The psalms ...
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NL276: Preaching Series on Psalms
June 25, 2017
This is the podcast for the Narrative Lectionary's 5-week preaching series on the Psalms (June 11-July 9, 2017), featuring Profs. Rolf Jacobson, Kathryn Schifferdecker, and Craig Koester. Podcast recorded at Luther Seminary, Saint Paul, Minn.