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Psalms: Songs That Shape Our Souls


The book of Psalms is topographical map describing the landscape of our lives. They mark lofty mountains, and deep valleys. Not only do the Psalms describe the territory–they also express our hearts as we travel. They are our weary cries, our joyful anthems, and our declarations of hope. They’re our road songs as we navigate life. “Road songs,” is more than an apt metaphor–because Psalms really are songs. They’re meant to be sung. And as we read, meditate, pray, and sing the Psalms, they shape us.

Check out this excellent video overview of the Psalms produced by the Bible Project.

Redeeming Grace preached an extended series in the Psalms in 2014 and 2015. Here is a list of the Psalms we covered and some of the subjects we addressed through them.

Series Introduction:
The Shape of the Psalms, Psalm 1:1-6
Psalms for All Seasons, Psalm 48:12-14
A Tapestry of Psalms, Psalm 119:169-176
Jesus, Singer of Psalms, Psalm 22:1-31

Psalms of Praise:
Introduction: Be Fit For Praise, Psalm 33:1-22
Gospel Reflections in Creation’s Waters, Psalm 104:1-35
The Way God’s Works Work, Psalm 111:1-10
Rejoicing in Judgment, Psalm 97:1-12
Trust Not That Which Perishes, Psalm 146:1-10

Psalms of Lament:
Introduction: Crafting Our Cries In Days of Distress, Psalm 13:1-6
God is Good, Psalm 73:1-28
The Purging Power of Repentance, Psalm 51:1-19
The Perseverance of Praying Saints, Psalm 5:1-12
A Plentiful Harvest of Righteousness, Psalm 85:1-13
The Prayers of a Perplexed People, Psalm 44:1-26
Your Weeping Will Not Be Wasted, Psalm 6:1-10

Psalms of Trust:
Introduction: Tears Transformed into Treasures.
Boundaries That Preserve Blessings, Psalm 16:1-11
The LORD is My Shepherd, Psalm 23:1
Our Shepherd in Sunshine and in Shadows, Psalm 23:1-6
God’s Glory Proclaimed Through Deliverance, Psalm 40:1-17
God Alone is Our Sure Salvation, Psalm 62:1-12

Psalms of Thanksgiving:
Introduction: The Joy of Deliverance, Psalm 30:1-12
Great Relief in Restoration from Sins, Psalm 32:1-11
A Testimony of Deliverance, Psalm 116:1-19
God Turns Cries Into Songs of Thanksgiving, Psalm 107:1-43

The Imprecatory Psalms:
Introduction: Entering Into the Triumph of God, Psalm 35:1-28
Jesus, Bearer of Our Reproach, Psalm 69:1-36
Pity Not, Judas Iscariot, Psalm 109:1-31

Topical Psalms:
Praying: Praying the Psalms, Psalm 1:1-6
Singing: Singing the Psalms – Then and Now, Psalm 47:1-9
Messianic Psalms: Jesus, Our Royal Priestly King, Psalm 110:1-7
Spiritual Warfare: The Shield and Sword of Spiritual War, Psalm 18:1-50
Abundant Grace: A Catalog of Grace, Psalm 103:1-22
Creation: Surrounded by the Voice of God, Psalm 19:1-14
God’s Power: Secure Under the Scrutiny of God’s Knowledge, Psalm 139:1-24
Spiritual Hunger: How is Your Hunger for God?, Psalm 84:1-12

Psalms that Shaped Our Souls, Psalm 1:1-6