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Psalms - Ancient Wisdom for Modern Living

The Psalms offer us God-breathed, ancient wisdom for contemporary situations. Who doesn’t want to know how to enjoy a life of contentment, fight stress or face doubt? We all share the challenges in common and the Psalms offer a unique perspective.

When you’re going through a difficult season, talk to God about your situation and ask Him for what you need, then trust and rejoice in His faithfulness.

Citylight Center City | July 25, 2021 from Citylight Church on Vimeo.

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Psalm 13

Psalms 1-72 (Kidner Classic Commentaries), Derek Kidner

This week, pastor Matt Cohen brings us comfort by digging into Psalm 13 to help us to pray through pain so we can rejoice in God. How? . Turn to God 2. Bring your complaint. 3. Ask for specific help. 4. Renew your trust in His loyal love.

Citylight Manayunk | July 25, 2021 from Citylight Church on Vimeo.

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Treasury of David by Charles Spurgeon

Psalms: An Introduction and Commentary by Tremper Longman

ESV Study Bible: Psalm 13

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The Psalmist looks around and finds that the faithful seem to have vanished, the fake, empty words of the world seem to be prevailing.  But the Lord hears the Psalmist’s cry and responds.  The Words of the Lord are pure, enduring forever.  The promises of the Lord, including that he will preserve the godly to the end, are certain.

Citylight Delco | July 18, 2021 from Citylight Church on Vimeo

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Psalm 12

Pslams 1-72 (Tyndale Old Testament Commentaries) by Derek Kidner

Commentary on the Psalms by John Calvin

ESV Study Bible

This week, pastor Tim Shutes brings us comfort by digging into Psalm 12 to reveal how God will deliver you from lies because
(1.) He judges liars and (2.) He rescues the needy.

Citylight Manayunk | July 18, 2021 from Citylight Church on Vimeo.

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Treasury of David by Charles Spurgeon

Psalms: An Introduction and Commentary by Tremper Longman

ESV Study Bible: Psalm 12

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With so many conflicting messages and so much fake news around us, it’s easy to feel pessimistic about ever knowing the truth. This Psalm shares that pessimism in a sense, but it also holds out great hope to us: God saves us from this generation.

Citylight Center City | July 18, 2021 from Citylight Church on Vimeo.

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Psalm 12

Psalms 1-72 (Kidner Classic Commentaries), Derek Kidner

The Treasury of David, Charles Spurgeon

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When we feel threatened, we are tempted to run away from God and His calling for our lives. Psalm 11 shows us that we can take refuge in the LORD and remain faithful because He is reigningHe is righteous, and the upright will behold His face.

Citylight Delco | July 11, 2021 from Citylight Church on Vimeo

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Psalm 11

Psalms for You by Christopher Ash

Psalms 1-72 by Derek Kidner

A Commentary on the Psalms: 1-41 by Allen Ross

ESV Study Bible

While the sources may be diverse, we all hear the voices of panic in various ways. Sometimes they’re helpful, but how can we not be controlled by them? Take refuge in the LORD and you won’t have to panic.

Citylight Center City | July 11, 2021 from Citylight Church on Vimeo

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Psalm 11

Psalms 1-72 (Kidner Classic Commentaries), Derek Kidner

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Don’t Run. Take Refuge.

1. You will be tempted to run.
2. We have a better refuge.
3. He will prove you.
4. We shall see His face.

This week, Citylight’s very own Walter Shaw illuminates the glorious fact that “God is good, even when He hides” by diving into how He sees, He hears our requests and He is still King.

Citylight Manayunk | July 4, 2021 from Citylight Church on Vimeo.

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Dark Clouds, Deep Mercy: Discovering the Grace of Lament by Mark Vroegop

A Praying Life by Paul Miller

ESV Study Bible

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Why does God hide Himself in times of trouble? Why do we see so much evil, but not see Him? It’s a common question we ask, and it’s the question on which this Psalm focuses.

Citylight Center City | July 4, 2021 from Citylight Church on Vimeo

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Psalm 10

Psalms 1-72 (Kidner Classic Commentaries), Derek Kidner

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Big Idea:  Sing to the LORD among the nations.

  1. God is great (scope of His power).
  2. God is good (His character).
  3. God is gracious.

Citylight Delco | June 27, 2021 from Citylight Church on Vimeo

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Psalm 96

As a wrap up to our “Reach 2021” Missions Conference, pastor Matt explores our calling to

Sing to the Lord among the Nations:
1. Because of who He is
2. Because He prescribes it
3. Because of what He will do.

Citylight Manayunk | June 27, 2021 from Citylight Church on Vimeo.

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Psalm 96

  • ESV Study Bible
  • Psalms (The Expositor’s Bible Commentary), by Willem A. VanGemeren
  • Psalms: An Introduction and Commentary (Tyndale Old Testament Series) by Tremper Longman III
  • A Commentary on the Psalms (Kregel Exegetical Library) by Allen P. Ross

Answering 7 Common Objections to Long-Term Missions

 

 

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It’s easy for us to get narrow-minded and focused on our own little worlds, but God is not like us. He has a wider, more inclusive call to the whole earth, to worship Him among the nations.

Citylight Center City | June 27, 2021 from Citylight Church on Vimeo

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Psalm 96

Psalms 73-150 (Kidner Classic Commentaries), Derek Kidner

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Any time we engage in a truly just cause, we will face opposition. How can we persevere with joy through it? We give thanks to God who has established His throne for justice.

Citylight Center City | June 20, 2021 from Citylight Church on Vimeo.

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Psalm 9

 

Big Idea: Praise the Lord for His Wonderful Deeds

  1. The Lord protects His people by defeating the enemy (vs. 3-6, 15-18)
  2. The Lord secures His people by ruling forever (vs. 7-10, 15-18)
  3. The Lord will be praised among all peoples (v. 11)

Citylight Delco | June 20, 2021 from Citylight Church on Vimeo

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Psalm 9

This week, Pastor Matt leads us through Psalm 9 to see how we should “Worship the Lord for His wonderful works” because, in His great love, He defeats your enemies and He secures your salvation.

Citylight Manayank | June 20, 2021 from Citylight Church on Vimeo.

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Psalm 9

  • ESV Study Bible
  • Psalms (The Expositor’s Bible Commentary), by Willem A. VanGemeren
  • Psalms: An Introduction and Commentary (Tyndale Old Testament Series) by Tremper Longman III
  • A Commentary on the Psalms (Kregel Exegetical Library) by Allen P. Ross

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Big Idea:  Praise the Lord

  1. The Glory of God
  2. The Glory of Man
  3. The Glory of the God-Man

Citylight Delco | June 13, 2021 from Citylight Church on Vimeo

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Psalm 8

This week Pastor Matt “Marvels at the majesty of our Creator” as we explore how God “wins through the weak” and just how much “He cares for YOU.”

Citylight Manayunk | June 13, 2021 from Citylight Church on Vimeo.

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Psalm 8
ESV Study Bible

Psalms (The Expositor’s Bible Commentary), by Willem A. VanGemeren
Psalms: An Introduction and Commentary (Tyndale Old Testament Series) by Tremper Longman III
A Commentary on the Psalms (Kregel Exegetical Library) by Allen P. Ross

John Piper, The Peculiar Mark of Majesty, Part 1

https://www.npr.org/sections/krulwich/2012/09/17/161096233/which-is-greater-the-number-of-sand-grains-on-earth-or-stars-in-the-sk

The Psalms show us how to walk with God through the various things we experience as humans. In Psalm 8, we see the weakness of babies, the glories of the sky, and the great abilities of humans are all reasons to ascribe glory to God.

Citylight Center City | June 13, 2021 from Citylight Church on Vimeo.

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Psalm 8

Psalms 1-72 (Kidner Classic Commentaries), Derek Kidner

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Depression ranges from a clinical diagnosis to an unexpected malaise, but all of us living in a fallen world experience it in some way. How can we experience the love of God during it? This Psalm shows us.

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Psalm 6

Psalms 1-72 (Kidner Classic Commentaries)Derek Kidner

Psalms: An Introduction and Commentary (Tyndale Old Testament Commentaries), Tremper Longman

The Songs of Jesus: A Year of Daily Devotions in the Psalms, Timothy and Kathy Keller

In the face of injustice, we are often passive or consumed with rage. But through prayer, we can experience the righteousness of God, empowering us to seek justice from God while loving even our enemies.

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Psalm 5

Psalms 1-72 (Kidner Classic Commentaries)Derek Kidner

Psalms: An Introduction and Commentary (Tyndale Old Testament Commentaries), Tremper Longman

The Songs of Jesus: A Year of Daily Devotions in the Psalms, Timothy and Kathy Keller

We’ve all probably experienced a restoration of peace once adversity is over, but how do you experience peace during adversity? This Psalm shows us how.

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Psalm 4

Psalms 1-72 (Kidner Classic Commentaries)Derek Kidner

Psalms: An Introduction and Commentary (Tyndale Old Testament Commentaries), Tremper Longman

The Songs of Jesus: A Year of Daily Devotions in the Psalms, Timothy and Kathy Keller

Know God as your confidence when enemies surround you by understanding your enemy, by depending on, crying out, thanking, and hoping in your God.

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Psalm 3

A Commentary on the Psalms: 1-41 (Kregel Exegetical Library)

 

The Psalms don’t just state the truth; they give us a window into the Psalmist’s experience of the truth and teach us how we might experience it to. Psalm 2 is a gateway to the rest, teaching us that in order to experience the truth, we must joyfully and fearfully submit to the Lord.

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Psalm 2

Psalms 1-72 (Kidner Classic Commentaries)Derek Kidner

Psalms: An Introduction and Commentary (Tyndale Old Testament Commentaries), Tremper Longman

The Songs of Jesus: A Year of Daily Devotions in the Psalms, Timothy and Kathy Keller

 

King David did not have a quiet life, but he had a quiet heart. In Psalm 131, the Poet-King offers a window into how we can learn to enjoy soul-quiet

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Psalm 131

The Freedom of Self-Forgetfulness by Tim Keller

Peace Be Still: Learning Psalm 131 By Heart by David Powlison

Celebration is a lost art in the 21st century church, but Psalm 145 gives us a guide to this joyous, ancient practice.

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Psalm 145

ESV Study Bible

It’s easy to fret, or become envious, or even bitterly angry when things don’t go our way. In Psalm 37, David recalls how easy it is to fret when the unrighteous seem to prosper. He counsels the righteous man to “fret not” and instead to trust, delight, and hope in God.

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