"My Song of Lament" A Sermon by Barrett Owen

"My Song of Lament" A Sermon by Barrett Owen

“Out of the depths I cry to you, O LORD, Lord, hear my voice.” This is one of the most powerful expressions of lament. It is personal, vulnerable, and bare, but it also moves to hope towards the end. This level of lament opens the door for us to therapeutically speak to God and then work towards restitution and hope. 

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"Our Song of Lament" A Sermon by Barrett Owen

Communal lament is cathartic and necessary. It speaks hyperbolic words that may not actually come to pass but words that need to be expressed regardless. In Psalm 14 you hear, “Fools say in their hearts there is no God . . . The Lord looks down from heaven on humankind to see if there are any who are wise, who seek after God. They have all gone astray, they are all perverse. No one does good. No, not one.” This level of hyperbole says something about the Israelites.

"The Song of Royalty" A Sermon by Barrett Owen

"The Song of Royalty" A Sermon by Barrett Owen

Royal psalms speak of the Lord’s provisions for the Israelite kings (David and Solomon) who reigned in Jerusalem during their monarchy. This psalm blesses the kingship of David and gives God the praise for his courage and leadership. These psalms remind us of Israel’s need to bless those in authority and to see how God is using the kings to further the ongoing creation of the wold. It also gives us a glimpse in how God’s people saw God working in this world. Some things are not that different today. 

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"The Song of Creation" A Sermon by Barrett Owen

Creation psalms celebrate God’s sovereignty over the created world and the special place of human beings in it. These psalms remind us that nature is our first Bible and that God’s fingerprints are all over the created order. Like in Psalm 8 when it says, “When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars that you have established; what are human beings that you are mindful of them, mortals that you care for them?” This sermon lifts up the human need for finding God in nature and praising God for it. 

"The Songs of Summer" A Sermon by Barrett Owen

The Psalter is a collection of poems, prayers, and songs. Collectively, they help retell the history of the Israelites by offering keen insight into their collective consciousness and their way of worship.

By taking a critical, bird’s-eye-view of the Psalter, we see it is much more intricate and detailed than what meets the eye. This hymn book is richly organized in thought and scope. It offers eight different genres (Community Thanksgiving, Individual Thanksgiving, Community Lament, Individual Lament, Royal, Creation, Wisdom, and Enthronement) that each speak truth to our way of being. Learning to hear from of these genres enhances our ability to hear from God. It even improves our posture for worship and gives us a deeper vocabulary for how we can speak to God in prayer.