I am just working on completing my sermon for this week. I’ve chosen to do a few sermons on the Psalms over the summer.
Choosing passages to preach on is always fun. This time around I chose to find Psalms that weren’t the usual ones we read – like Psalm 23 (Good Shepherd), Psalm 51 (Create in me a clean heart), etc. Last week was Psalm 16, this week is Psalm 102.
As I have been preparing, I am struck with the context of the Psalms. I’ve always read each Psalm as a separate thing – sort of just dropped in. There was no rhyme or reason to their placement!
As I read Psalm 102 I am reminded that the Psalms (150 0f them) are made up of five books. You don’t form books unless there is a theme for the book. Psalm 102 is part of the fourth book. The first Psalm in each book tends to lay out a bit of the theme for the book. I preached on Psalm 90 a few years ago (the first Psalm in this “Book”) – one of those fascinating Psalms! From it I found the following thoughts:
- Surprise me with your love
- Give me as many good days as bad days
- Show me what you are doing
- Captivate me with your majesty
- Make my work meaningful
Now as I come to Psalm 102, I took a look at 101 and 103. 101 talks of personal piety and purity. 103 talks of healing of diseases and forgiveness of sin.
So, take a look at Psalm 102 and guess what is found there. The title for the Psalm will give you some idea!