SERMON SERIES:

ipsalms remix - old tunes for new life: seeking

06/23/2024

What is the longing of your heart? What is your source of satisfaction and hope? These are basic but important questions for the quality of our lives. Despite all of the technological advancements for the human race, some things have remained unchanged. We still understand love as well as hate, friendship as well as foe. Just as our forebearers did, we are trying to find a sense of satisfaction and fullness. We are trying to overcome fear and hopelessness as well as exercise power and control. This is what makes our summer sermon series Ipsalms Remix Old Tunes for a New Life so important and timely. The words of the Psalms are over 3000 years old but they can speak deeply to the needs of our humanity as well as our need for God. The sermon this week is Seeking. What will give us satisfaction, fullness, or wholeness? We can spend our lives searching for contentment and never really find it. This week we turn to Psalm 84. It is filled with a sense of blessing because the word “blessed” occurs 3 times. It also shares a strong sense of satisfaction and hope. It uses a simple illustration of sparrows and swallows. These birds had found a home at God’s altar. If God was willing to give a home to these birds that were considered to be of little value, then how much more would he welcome us? This Almighty God must be very loving and tender to tolerate such annoying creatures in such a holy place. God wants us to find our home with him. When we are at home with him we will find an enduring hope that will give us confidence and strength. The Psalmist not only shares with us this hope but also a path that will help us find it. As you struggle with the longings of your heart, we pray that you will be filled to overflowing with the presence of the living God who invites you into his home forever.

 

Psalm 84:1 For the director of music. According to gittith. Of the Sons of Korah. A psalm. How lovely is your dwelling place, LORD Almighty! 2 My soul yearns, even faints, for the courts of the LORD; my heart and my flesh cry out for the living God. 3 Even the sparrow has found a home, and the swallow a nest for herself, where she may have her young– a place near your altar, LORD Almighty, my King and my God. 4 Blessed are those who dwell in your house; they are ever praising you. 5 Blessed are those whose strength is in you, whose hearts are set on pilgrimage. 6 As they pass through the Valley of Baka, they make it a place of springs; the autumn rains also cover it with pools. 7 They go from strength to strength, till each appears before God in Zion. 8 Hear my prayer, LORD God Almighty; listen to me, God of Jacob. 9 Look on our shield, O God; look with favor on your anointed one. 10 Better is one day in your courts than a thousand elsewhere; I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God than dwell in the tents of the wicked. 11 For the LORD God is a sun and shield; the LORD bestows favor and honor; no good thing does he withhold from those whose walk is blameless. 12 LORD Almighty, blessed is the one who trusts in you. (NIV)