Crescendo and Conclusion
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by Douglas Wilson
2M ago
Psalm 150 Introduction This is a short psalm, but it is densely packed with hallelujahs. There are twelve of them here, and one hallelu-el. Together they praise Jah, the covenant God of Israel—Yahweh or Jehovah, and El, the great God Almighty. The longest stretch of words here between any two hallelujahs is four words, with all the rest of the bridges being two words. This conclusion to the Psalter is a great crescendo of praise.  The Text “Praise ye the Lord. Praise God in his sanctuary: Praise him in the firmament of his power. Praise him for his mighty acts: Praise him according to his ..read more
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Songs of Triumph
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by Douglas Wilson
2M ago
Psalm 149 Introduction In Scripture, praise and true authority always go hand in hand. This is because it is faith that overcomes the world (1 John 5:4), and praise always overflows from the confidence of true faith. Evangelical faith sings at the dinner table, sings behind the wheel, sings at the workbench, sings while going to war, and sings in the assembly of the saints. You are the choir militant, and you have been given a new song indeed. Who is given that new song but the elect of God, the 144,000 (Rev. 14:3)?  The Text “Praise ye the Lord. Sing unto the Lord a new song, and his pra ..read more
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Praise That Plunges
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by Douglas Wilson
3M ago
Psalm 148 Introduction This is a psalm of praise in action. It begins in the highest heaven, and descends to the deeps, and invites everyone and everything in between to join in with this chorus of praise. Moreover, this wonderful psalm concludes with a promise that attaches to all heartfelt praise. God is exalted in a particular kind of praise, and He makes sure to exalt that kind of praise in turn. There is a reciprocity in praise that will usher in tremendous blessings when we come to understand it. The Text “Praise ye the LORD. Praise ye the LORD from the heavens: praise him in the heights ..read more
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God of the High and Low
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by Douglas Wilson
3M ago
Psalm 147 Introduction On the one hand, we know that God is far above us, higher than the highest heaven. But we must also confess that He is beneath our feet, supporting us in every possible way. He is the God of the macrocosm, but He is also an infinitely skilled miniaturist, folding enormous libraries of information into trillions of cells—and that is in just one body. He is the God of general, natural revelation, in galaxies and nebulae, and He is the God who also reveals Himself in the propositions of human language, in nouns and verbs. God dwells in eternity; He lives in the highest heav ..read more
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Put Not Your Trust in Princes
Douglas Wilson Blog » Psalms
by Douglas Wilson
3M ago
Psalm 146 Introduction On the one hand, people have every reason to not put their trust in princes. The princes let them down over and over, again and again. You would think that people would stop trusting them. Every promised wave of reforms is promising to fix all the problems that were caused by the previous wave of reforms. We are like that woman in the gospels—the more the doctors treated her, the more her problems continued (Luke 8:43). As Mark makes clear, she only got worse (Mark 12:44). But the reason we keep resorting to these “princes” is that we assume, in our faithlessness, that w ..read more
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What the Righteous Love to Talk About
Douglas Wilson Blog » Psalms
by Douglas Wilson
4M ago
Psalm 145 Introduction The nature and character of God is of course worthy of all praise and adoration. But we are finite, and sinful on top of that, and so we cannot even begin to praise Him as He deserves to be praised. Nevertheless, the effort must be made. As forgiven sinners, how on earth are we going to declare His worth? What are we going to do? Shout? Stand on a chair? One of the ways that Scripture assigns to us is the method of declaring His works—the mighty works that He accomplished down here where we live. This is something we can do, and David shows us the way. In His mighty act ..read more
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Genuine Health and Wealth/Psalm 144
Douglas Wilson Blog » Psalms
by Douglas Wilson
4M ago
Introduction This psalm overlaps a good deal with what David prayed in Psalm 18, as well as in 2 Samuel 22, near the end of his life. His life had been one long series of battles and conflicts, and he certainly knew the truth of what he was expressing here. This is a psalm of jubilation, rejoicing in the sort of prosperity that only the deliverances of Jehovah can bring to a people. It begins with war, but concludes with the harvest of true peace. The Text “A Psalm of David. Blessed be the Lord my strength, which teacheth my hands to war, and my fingers to fight: My goodness, and my fortress ..read more
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Psalm 143/Fifteenth Decade of Psalms
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by Douglas Wilson
4M ago
When Sinners Withstand the Wicked Introduction This psalm is offered up to God in a time of great distress. We do not know if it is from the time of Saul’s persecution, or from Absalom’s rebellion, or from some other time. Regardless, the need is pressing and great, and David is presenting his prayers to God with great urgency. The Text “A Psalm of David. Hear my prayer, O Lord, Give ear to my supplications: In thy faithfulness answer me, and in thy righteousness. And enter not into judgment with thy servant: For in thy sight shall no man living be justified. For the enemy hath persecuted my s ..read more
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Prayer Ascends from a Low Place/Psalm 142
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by Douglas Wilson
6M ago
Sermon Video Introduction This is a maskil, meaning a psalm of instruction. There is much for us to learn here. The occasion for it was when David was “in the cave,” with that being doubtless the time when Saul was in hot pursuit of him with 3,000 men (1 Sam. 24). David was in a very low place, and this danger was compounded by the fact that he was in a very low condition, a very low way. But Scripture teaches us that “with the lowly is wisdom” (Prov. 11:2) Remember that the Lord has “respect unto the lowly” (Ps. 138:6) The Text “Maschil of David; A Prayer when he was in the cave. I cried un ..read more
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Christ as the Incense of Prayer/Psalm 141
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by Douglas Wilson
6M ago
Introduction We now come to the final decade of psalms. We first began this series almost twenty years ago—when some of you young marrieds were still pre-school, and the year you college sophomores were born. This might make us feel odd in all sorts of ways, but one thing it should remind us of is the fact that Scripture is a vast storehouse of treasures, and one lifetime doesn’t even begin to touch it. The Text “Lord, I cry unto thee: Make haste unto me; Give ear unto my voice, when I cry unto thee. Let my prayer be set forth before thee as incense; And the lifting up of my hands as the eveni ..read more
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