ipsalms, remix - old tunes for new life: Stronger


We continue our summer series Ipsalms, Remix Old Songs for A New Life. The last several years have been chaotic, confusing, and conflictual. We used to wonder when the pandemic would be over, but now the constant battering of the local, national, and world events can leave us feeling hopeless and uncertain. This is the ancient song of humanity. It is set to the music of the love for the powerful, and the lust for control. It is the song that Cain was singing when he murdered his brother Abel. We hear this tune being played in our lives, in our relationships, on the streets of our city, and at our national events. Thanks be to God because he has been at work for centuries to remix rejection into redemption, forge fractured relationships into forgiveness, and overcome chaos with creative force! This is an awesome and powerful God who wants our lives to flourish. This week we are tuning up our lives through Psalm 1. It is a short Psalm with powerful images for us. In the sermon Stronger, these short and focused words empower us to take steps to transform our tired souls. It directs us to find the abiding strength of blessing to overcome the draining fatigue of being beaten down by the circumstances of life. Let the words of Psalm 1 remix your confusion into confidence, your fear into faith, and your reticence into rejoicing! Our most earnest and sincere prayer is for you to be lifted from the waters of fatigue through the buoyancy of eternal hope through Jesus Christ our Lord.


Psalm 1:1-6:  Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked or stand in the way that sinners take or sit in the company of mockers, 2 but whose delight is in the law of the LORD, and who meditates on his law day and night. 3 That person is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither– whatever they do prospers. 4 Not so the wicked! They are like chaff that the wind blows away. 5 Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the assembly of the righteous. 6 For the LORD watches over the way of the righteous, but the way of the wicked leads to destruction. (NIV)