Psalms of Orientation
Borrowing again from the language of famed theologian Walter Brueggemann, “Made” will be a collection of sermons based on Psalms of Orientation. We have already explored Psalms of Disorientation and Psalms of Reorientation. We will now explore what Brueggemann calls Orientation Psalms. These Psalms were written in the context of "satisfied seasons of well-being that evoke gratitude for the constancy of blessing." These "articulate joy" in the light of God's creation and governing law. They are faithful professions. Psalms were written for worship, so our goal will be to highlight the seasons of well-being to evoke worship in the people of God toward the God of the people.
Sermons in this series
- MadeNovember 26th, 2017
In this concluding sermon, we explore the place of wisdom in the Psalms of Orientation. Psalm 133 is a Psalm that celebrates the Jews ascent to Jerusalem for the three Jerusalem festivals. It was a celebration of kindred minds, hearts and spirits joined together in the celebration of God. May we be reminded of the beauty, power and necessity of being one in God’s kingdom. May we unite in purpose, in passion of God and in pursuit of Holiness as God’s chosen ones.
- MadeNovember 19th, 2017
Highlighted by Psalms like Psalm 136, many Psalms of Orientation are simply expressions of gratitude and thanksgiving for all the activity of God. As we enter into seasons of thanksgiving and gift giving, may we be reminded that we have been oriented as people who give thanks.
- MadeNovember 12th, 2017
Many of the orientation Psalms profess outright trust in God, even in the face of adversity, trial and calamity. We follow God because he has demonstrated time and time again that he is able to defeat the foe, calm the storm and make a way when there seems to be no other way.
- MadeNovember 5th, 2017
God’s Law is at the heart of the people of God's commitment and devotion. We are not speaking merely of written words or words on tablets, for God’s Law comes from God. They are in essence God. For the believer, following God’s Law is just right. It is an expression of right orientation. In this sermon, we will read aloud all of Psalm 119 with limited commentary. It is our desire to simply breathe in the beauty of God’s Law.
- MadeOctober 29th, 2017
More than anything, the Psalms remind the people of God that we are a worshiping community. Some of the Psalms of Orientation are promptings to worship God with excitement, exuberance and energy. How does our worship give testimony to the world about who God is and who His people are?
- MadeOctober 22nd, 2017
God’s creation has always been at the heart of prompting faithful response and worship. In this introductory sermon, we will reintroduce Brueggeman’s theology of the Psalms with focus on Psalms of Orientation. We will read and respond to a few creation psalms and commit to worship the God who made it all.