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These Daily Reflections supply the messages from Grace Church as daily video clips from the most recent sermons. Each day's clip will last about 10 minutes and if you watch them all, you will have reviewed morning and evening sermons from the previous Sunday.

Ministry Reflection - July 09, 2009

The Sweet Psalmist of Israel: 2 Samuel 23:1-8

We can apply what we have been seeing in these reflections in three ways:

First, have you seen Christ and are you trusting in Him? The Lord gave His people the psalms to keep Jesus Christ in their line of sight, so that they couldn’t escape Him, but that they would trust in Him. He has given you the Scripture, preaching, and worship with psalms and hymns to keep Him before you as well. What have you done with this light? Have you believed in Him? Have you turned from your sins? Have you professed Him publicly and are you continuing to do so? If not, trust in Him now with your whole heart and be saved from your sins.

Second, realize that the psalms are still useful to build you up in Christ. They reveal Christ in the ways we’ve seen. They contain wonderful expressions of adoration, repentance and trust in the Lord: when you can’t find the right words to express to the Lord, the psalms often give you the right words. Use them often in your devotions.

Finally, we should all be exhorted to use them in our worship. We don’t need to use them exclusively. There are those who believe we must sing the psalms only. If this was true, though, it would seem very strange that the Lord would require us to worship under the shadows of the Old Covenant when we are in the clearer light of the New. Also, if we were to sing only psalms, though we might be singing of the Messiah, we wouldn’t be able to mention His name. There are also indications in Scripture of songs being sung that weren’t psalms: In Eph. 5:18-19 and Col. 3:16: “Hymns and spiritual songs.” In 1 Timothy 6:15-16, “He who is the blessed and only Sovereign, the King of kings and Lord of lords, who alone possesses immortality and dwells in unapproachable light, whom no man has seen or can see. To Him be honor and eternal dominion! Amen.” 1 Timothy 3:16, “By common confession, great is the mystery of godliness: He who was revealed in the flesh, was vindicated in the Spirit, seen by angels, proclaimed among the nations, believed on in the world, taken up in glory.”

But how can we do better than an inspired song? Though we don’t use them exclusively, we should use them. And, with the advantage the light of the NT gives us, we should sing them with greater understanding. Let’s bow and thank the Lord again for giving us the psalms. Amen.

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