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No, I am not mocking contemporary worship or dealing with the regulative principle or any of that. Instead, I am responding to what Israel’s captors asked of them in Psalm 137:

3 For there our captors required of us songs, and our tormentors, mirth, saying, “Sing us one of the songs of Zion!”

Babylon is making a mockery of Israel’s worship be requesting it be played for their mockery or entertainment. Well, how did Israel respond?

8 O daughter of Babylon, doomed to be destroyed, blessed shall he be who repays you with what you have done to us!
9 Blessed shall he be who takes your little ones and dashes them against the rock!

I know that this beatitude pronounced upon Babylon’s avenger and the Psalmist’s desire that the Babylonians be destroyed may seem harsh…well, because…it is harsh. As harsh as it is, the point to be taken is that it is the proper restitution for belittling the worship of God. He won’t stand for it and will crush all who despise the worship of God.


Lord, may I never cease to worship You. May I be zealous for your glory and the hallowing of Your name. May Your name be worshipped forever and ever. Though captors seek to mock and belittle the song on our lips, may we worship you nonetheless and may sinners be converted. Amen.

Psalm 136, “His Love Endures Forever”

Posted: June 17, 2009 by Rick Hogaboam in Devotional, Prayers, Psalms

My afternoon reading today was from Psalm 136. The refrain, “His love endures forever”, occurs in all 26 verses of this Psalm and was recited in responsive fashion before the congregation.

I know that some folks don’t like ‘7-11’ choruses in Church (7 words sung 11 times), and I would be the first to say that there can be too much redundancy in our liturgy at times, however this Psalm is an apologetic for reiterating one magnificent truth over and over again. The redundancy ought never to invoke boredom, but rather an ever increasing joy in the truth proclaimed that is ever more true each time we declare it. We can declare forever that, “His love endures forever”, and would be inspired to eternally increasing adoration and appreciation for His love.

If God says something 26x in 26 verses, me thinks He is trying to get something in our hearts…do we get it?


Lord, I thank you for your covenant-keeping love towards me in spite of my sin and ingratitude. Thank you for loving me with a love that neither death, famine, or foe can quench. Thank you for your promise to love me for all of eternity and your promise to work all things out for my good. Your love brings me to my knees with ‘woe’ from my lips…Your love lifts my head and beckons me to go and do your will…your love abounds much more than my every sin…it is your love in Christ Jesus that has adopted me and saved me…it is your eternal love that will forever bind all your children in perfect fellowship now and in the age to come. Help me to declare of your love and to love with your love…all for your eternal glory. Amen

“Coram Deo” Sermon on Psalm 1

Posted: June 16, 2009 by Rick Hogaboam in Psalms, Sermons

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6.14.09 Liturgy:

–      Silent heart preparation

–      Opening prayer

–      Worship in song

–      Testimonials, words of exhortation from god’s people

–      Corporate Prayer

–      Teaching: Psalm 1

–      Closing Song

Psalm 1 – “Fruitful Trees vs. Useless Chaff”

Psalm 1:1 Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers;
Psalm 1:2 but his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night.
Psalm 1:3 He is like a tree planted by streams of water that yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither. In all that he does, he prospers.
Psalm 1:4 The wicked are not so, but are like chaff that the wind drives away.
Psalm 1:5 Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous;
Psalm 1:6 for the Lord knows the way of the righteous, but the way of the wicked will perish.

This first psalm is intersteingly a “beatitude”, a declaration of blessing. It also sets the framework for the rest of the Psalter. There are two ways to live, two types of people, two destinies. All of it is summed up briefly in this first psalm.

The Person God Blesses (1-3)

–          Separated from the World (1)

–          Saturated with the Word (2)

–          Situated by the Waters (3)

The Person God Judges (4-6)

–          Chaff (4)

–          Collapse (5)

–          Cursed (6)

The Person God Blesses (1-3)

Separated from the World (1)

  • Christian life is compared to a walk (Eph 4.1). We are to walk after our Lord. Jesus recruited some of his disciples with the words, “Follow Me”. He also applies this idea of following to all of us:
    • Matthew 16:24 Then Jesus told his disciples, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.
  • We are told that there are two paths to follow:
    • Matthew 7:13 “Enter by the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the way is easy that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many. (more…)


Psa 23:1-6  A Psalm of David. The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.  (2)  He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters.  (3)  He restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.  (4)  Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.  (5)  You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.  (6)  Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the LORD forever.

This is probably the most quoted Psalm from the Bible. It is often quoted at funerals or to people near death as a reminder of God’s presence with us in our darkest days.  Most people are familiar with the first half of the psalm and forget about the second half, which also talks about what we can expect from God. He promises to prepare a feast for us and this truth is even more magnified in the New Testament where it speaks of Jesus inviting us to a wedding banquet. When Jesus shall return, He is throwing one eternal party and we will be gathered around a feast.

The psalm ends by declaring, “I shall dwell in the house of the LORD forever”. Death is not our final chapter. We will be ushered into an eternal party in an eternal city. It will be most wonderful. I look forward to it. Remember, for us to live is Christ and to die is gain.


Psa 22:1-31  To the choirmaster: according to The Doe of the Dawn. A Psalm of David. My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? Why are you so far from saving me, from the words of my groaning?  (2)  O my God, I cry by day, but you do not answer, and by night, but I find no rest.  (3)  Yet you are holy, enthroned on the praises of Israel.  (4)  In you our fathers trusted; they trusted, and you delivered them.  (5)  To you they cried and were rescued; in you they trusted and were not put to shame.  (6)  But I am a worm and not a man, scorned by mankind and despised by the people.  (7)  All who see me mock me; they make mouths at me; they wag their heads;  (8)  “He trusts in the LORD; let him deliver him; let him rescue him, for he delights in him!”  (more…)

Psa 21:1-13  To the choirmaster. A Psalm of David. O LORD, in your strength the king rejoices, and in your salvation how greatly he exults!  (2)  You have given him his heart’s desire and have not withheld the request of his lips. Selah  (3)  For you meet him with rich blessings; you set a crown of fine gold upon his head.  (4)  He asked life of you; you gave it to him, length of days forever and ever.  (5)  His glory is great through your salvation; splendor and majesty you bestow on him.  (6)  For you make him most blessed forever; you make him glad with the joy of your presence.  (7)  For the king trusts in the LORD, and through the steadfast love of the Most High he shall not be moved.  (8)  Your hand will find out all your enemies; your right hand will find out those who hate you.  (9)  You will make them as a blazing oven when you appear. The LORD will swallow them up in his wrath, and fire will consume them.  (10)  You will destroy their descendants from the earth, and their offspring from among the children of man.  (11)  Though they plan evil against you, though they devise mischief, they will not succeed.  (12)  For you will put them to flight; you will aim at their faces with your bows.  (13)  Be exalted, O LORD, in your strength! We will sing and praise your power. (more…)

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Psa 20:1-9  To the choirmaster. A Psalm of David. May the LORD answer you in the day of trouble! May the name of the God of Jacob protect you!  (2)  May he send you help from the sanctuary and give you support from Zion!  (3)  May he remember all your offerings and regard with favor your burnt sacrifices! Selah  (4)  May he grant you your heart’s desire and fulfill all your plans!  (5)  May we shout for joy over your salvation, and in the name of our God set up our banners! May the LORD fulfill all your petitions!  (6)  Now I know that the LORD saves his anointed; he will answer him from his holy heaven with the saving might of his right hand.  (7)  Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the LORD our God.  (8)  They collapse and fall, but we rise and stand upright.  (9)  O LORD, save the king! May he answer us when we call. (more…)