Series How to Read the Psalms

The Psalms are not a random collection of ancient poems, but are an intentionally organized testimony of a faithful God who hears all who cry out to him in praise or pain, wisdom or confusion, in confidence or doubt. The narrative arc of this anthology is not only about past movements of God in Israel, but offers future promises about where all of Creation is headed—toward a new reality where we dwell with God and he with us, forever. In this series, we will be exploring an anthology that tells a bigger story than its individual parts. This anthology is not made up of poems from one person, but includes poems from several different authors. It includes poems that cover different time periods and poems that were written in different locations and even countries. Yet this collection of poems has a very specific theme and structure, and the overall anthology tells a story—a very important story—a surprising story.

Dates Oct 19- November 20, 2020
# of Programs 25
At The Table Mart DeHann, Elisa Morgan, Bill Crowder and Daniel Ryan Day
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Part 1 - 10/19/20

“The Little Bible”

The psalms were written by various authors in various locations over a long period of time. Yet together, they communicate one cohesive message. Today on Discover the Word, the team will discover why Martin Luther called the Psalms “The Little Bible.” Join us for the series, “How to Read the Psalms,” today on Discover the Word!

Part 2 - 10/20/20

“How To Read The Psalms”

Most of the time, we read a psalm here or a psalm there, whatever seems most relevant to the moment. But reading the psalms in order can reveal a bigger narrative. Today on Discover the Word, the team will look at how each section of the psalms tells a different story. Did you know there are 5 books of psalms in the book of Psalms? Well, take your seat at the table, today for Discover the Word!

Part 3 - 10/21/20

A Book Of Prayer

The book of psalms is often considered a book of songs or poems. But many of them also bear a surprising resemblance to prayer. Today on Discover the Word, the team considers how the psalms can be a prayer book for us today. Hear another helpful discussion in the series, “How to Read the Psalms” today on Discover the Word!

Part 4 - 10/22/20

God Uses The Imperfect

Sometimes, we idolize Bible heroes, praising their strengths and ignoring their weaknesses. But the people God uses are never perfect. Today on Discover the Word, the team will consider how the psalmists expressed their human shortcomings. Who wrote the psalms? Discover that in today’s conversation on Discover the Word!

Part 5 - 10/23/20

Discover God’s Steadfast Love For Us!

A writer may use a word over and over to emphasize its importance. And throughout the hundreds of psalms in the Old Testament, one word stands out above the rest. Today on Discover the Word, the team will talk about how the Hebrew word hesed expresses the primary message of the Psalms and what it means for our faith today. Tune in today for Discover the Word!

Part 6 - 10/26/20

Discover The Useful Tool Of Repetition

One of the most useful tools in a teacher’s toolbox is repetition. It usually takes a few different attempts, said in different ways, to get a lesson to stick. And today on Discover the Word, we will discuss how the psalmists used repetition and a literary device called parallelism. Join us for the series, “How to Read the Psalms,” today on Discover the Word!

Part 7 - 10/27/20

Discover The Wisdom Found In The Psalms

We live in a time when unlimited information is at our fingertips. Generally, no encyclopedia collections or trips to the library needed! But sometimes it feels that as knowledge grows, wisdom seems to shrink. Today on Discover the Word, we will explore the wisdom found in the book of Psalms. Take a seat at the table, today for Discover the Word!

Part 8 - 10/28/20

What Do The Royal Psalms Teach About Jesus?

In recent years, there’s been a lot of hype from time to time about royal weddings and royal babies. But in ancient Israel, God’s people were anxiously awaiting the arrival of a great king as well. Today on Discover the Word, we look at what the royal psalms teach us about the one true King, Jesus Christ. Tune in today to Discover the Word!

Part 9 - 10/29/20

Discover How The Psalms Of Lament Help Us In Our Sadness

It’s hard to go a day without thinking about all the world’s problems. Spend too much time dwelling on it, and it’s easy to start feeling helpless and depressed. Today on Discover the Word, the team shows how psalms of lament can help us cope with our sadness and restore our hope. Join the conversation, today on Discover the Word!

Part 10 - 10/30/20

How Do The Psalms Inspire Praise And Thanksgiving?

It’s been said that the night is darkest just before dawn. And in a similar way, many songs of lament are eventually replaced by songs of praise. Today on Discover the Word, we look at some liturgical psalms and consider how they inspire praise and thanksgiving. Join us for the series, “How to Read the Psalms,” today on Discover the Word!

Part 11 - 11/02/20

Discover How The Psalms Point to Christ

Over the centuries, Israel saw the full range of kings, from the great to the terrible. The Bible promises that one day, an eternal King will come to establish His Kingdom. Today on Discover the Word, the team will consider how the royal psalms point to Jesus Christ. Join us for another week of Bible study, today on Discover the Word!

Part 12 - 11/03/20

Discover How The Psalms Encourage Us To Be Honest With God About Life Matters

These days, “How are you doing?” is more of a greeting than a real question. Most times, we say we’re fine. But how often is that really true? Today on Discover the Word, we will consider how the psalms invite us to be honest with God about what’s going on in our lives. Join us for the series, “How to Read the Psalms,” today on Discover the Word!

Part 13 - 11/04/20

The Psalms Give Wisdom When Dealing With Difficult People

Whether it’s a coworker in the office or a troublesome neighbor, we all have people we don’t get along with. And sometimes, the animosity can have serious repercussions. Today on Discover the Word, the team will look to the psalms for wisdom on how to deal with difficult people. Tune in today for Discover the Word!

Part 14 - 11/05/20

How Can Lament And Worship Be Part Of The Same Song?

Things don’t always go according to plan. So when life feels like it’s falling apart, is it possible to find the strength to praise God? Today on Discover the Word, the team will consider how lament and worship can be part of the same song. Join the group for a study in Psalm 42, today on Discover the Word!

Part 15 - 11/06/20

Psalms Points Us To A Hope And Promise Of A Better Future

Turn on the news any day of the week, and you’ll likely be overwhelmed by the stories you hear. But the world won’t always be this way! Today on Discover the Word, we look at a psalm that points to the hope and promise of a better future. Take your seat at the table and join the conversation, today on Discover the Word!

Part 16 - 11/09/20

Discover How Psalms Points Us To God’s Steadfast Love

Life is rarely easy in the moment. But over time, we can look back and see God’s provision in difficult seasons. Today on Discover the Word, the team will continue the series called, “How to Read the Psalms,” by looking at a psalm that reminds us of God’s faithful and steadfast love. Join us today for Discover the Word!

Part 17 - 11/10/20

God Is Faithful In Our Triumphs And Sorrows

Some burdens are carried alone, while others are shared in community. But in either circumstance, we can trust God to be faithful. Today on Discover the Word, we will discuss how the psalms capture Israel’s collective triumphs and sorrows. Don’t miss the conversation, today on Discover the Word!

Part 18 - 11/11/20

Our Home Is With The Lord

Sometimes, people lose their homes because of a natural disaster. Other times, it’s the result of an unexpected hardship in life. But today on Discover the Word, we are reminded that our home is not in any physical location, but with the Lord. Hear a powerful conversation about a psalm that expresses trust in God while in exile, today on Discover the Word!

Part 19 - 11/12/20

Discover Contentment Even Without Life’s Happy Endings

Not every situation in life is guaranteed to have a happy ending. But that doesn’t mean contentment is out of reach. Today on Discover the Word, the team will talk about why we can still praise God for His goodness, even in the midst of difficult circumstances. Take your seat at the table, today for Discover the Word!

Part 20 - 11/13/20

Discover A Hope For A Better Future

There’s no doubt that the world is flawed on a major scale. So, is there any hope that the future will be any better? Today on Discover the Word, we look at Israel’s communal confession of brokenness, and their plea for redemption. Join us for another study in the psalms, today on Discover the Word!

Part 21 - 11/16/20

When God Answers Our Prayers

When we pray for the same thing over and over, after a while, we wonder whether God will ever answer. But today on Discover the Word, we look at a time when God finally answered Israel’s pleas to end their exile. It’s a moment of joy described in Psalm 107. Join us for the fifth and final week of the series, “How to Read the Psalms,” today on Discover the Word!

Part 22 - 11/17/20

Our Desire And Struggle To Follow God

No one except Jesus has ever followed God’s law perfectly. Yet even in our imperfection, God is always with us. Today on Discover the Word, the team will dig into Psalm 119, a poem that describes both the struggle and the desire to follow God’s path. Another helpful discussion on “How to Read the Psalms,” today on Discover the Word!

Part 23 - 11/18/20

Our Helper In Times Of Need

In times of trouble, we often try to rely on our own strength. But there’s a supernatural source of help available to every child of God! Today on Discover the Word, our team considers the role of God as our helper whenever we’re in need. Take your seat at the table and join the discussion, today on Discover the Word!

Part 24 - 11/19/20

When God Makes All Things Right

Right now, the world is plagued with sin and corruption. But the Bible promises that one day, our pain and sorrow will be washed away. Today on Discover the Word, we look forward to the day when God will make all things right. Tune in for another conversation on the psalms, today on Discover the Word!

Part 25 - 11/20/20

Discover How The Story Of Jesus Is Woven Throughout Scripture

The story of Jesus is woven all throughout Scripture, from the very first pages through the very end. And today on Discover the Word, we find hints of Jesus in the book of Psalms. Don’t miss the conclusion of the series, “How to Read the Psalms,” today on Discover the Word!

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