Psalms for Turbulent Times

by Pastor James Jester

Homilies on selected Psalms that deal with prayers and laments in time of trouble.

Part 1: The books of Isaiah and Psalms are the most often quoted by the writers of the New Testament. The hymn that Jesus sang with his Apostles at the Last Supper was likely the Egyptian Hallel (Pss. 113-118) or a part of it. In the agony of the cross, Jesus meditated upon Psalm 22:1, “My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?” (Matt. 27:46; Mk. 15:34). And, according to Luke 23:46, it was with the words from Psalm 31:5, “Into thine hand I commit my spirit…” that He died. The hymns that Paul and Silas sang in the Philippian jail (Acts 16:25) were probably some of the Psalms. Paul recommended the singing of Psalms to the congregations addressed in Ephesus (Eph. 5:19) and Colossae (Col.3:16).

Part 2:  Psalm 44 The personal prayer of King David (Ps. 5) and the national lament and prayer of Israel (Ps. 44).

Part 3:  Psalm 58  A report from Sidney Powell. A recent law I did not know about. A prayer of King David (Ps. 13) and the national lament and prayer of Israel (Ps. 58).

Part 4:  Psalm 60 We the People Convention puts an Ad in newspaper. Martial law under Trump is better than civil war under Biden. A prayer of King David (Psalm 25) and the national lament and prayer of Israel.  (Psalm 60).

Part 5:  Psalm 74  An assessment of current events and advice for America. An overview of current conditions. A prayer of King David (Ps. 28) and the national lament and prayer of Israel in time of defeat (Ps. 74). Presentation of Psalm 74 in song, “Will God Forever Cast Us Off?” Isaac Watts; BEATITUDO, John B. Dykes, 1875

Part 6:  Psalm 77  A contemplation of David (Ps. 142). Coup in Myanmar. Who should be Impeached? Asaph’s national lament on behalf of Israel while in Babylon (Ps. 77). Jim sings Psalm 77.

Part 7:  Psalm 79  David’s personal lament (Ps. 6); and exposition. Comments on Biden’s first address. News article on the border. Asaph’s prayer (Ps. 79) for the nation’s deliverance; and application.

Part 8:  Psalm 80  A song (prayer) of David (Ps. 55:1-11). My political commentary. A song (prayer) of Asaph (Ps. 80) for the nation’s deliverance; and exposition of the psalm. Jim sings Psalm 80.