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CMIN 301 (Sp '15) T26 - Preaching Psalms and Wisdom Literature
Transcript of CMIN 301 (Sp '15) T26 - Preaching Psalms and Wisdom Literature
be taken as one thought
is to develop wise and
for life in the real world
Law, narrative, and prophets stress “Believe!” and “Obey!” while
wisdom stresses “Think!”
Call us to listen, look, think, and reflect
Offer practical insights for living
Rational norms of life (what normally happens).
(what will always happen).
in ways that mere humans cannot understand.
of the rational,
to provide ultimate meaning to life.
Meaning only comes through a relationship with God.
between husband and wife.
Song of Songs
Introduction to Psalms
Psalms are poetry
Psalms focus on our
Psalms connect with us down deep, both in joy and in despair
Interpretive Keys for Psalms
Understand the function of psalms
Understand the poetic nature of psalms
- give us inspired models of how to talk
and sing to God
- speak to us in seasons of
and seasons of
- teach us to be honest and open with God
- identify figures of speech; discover the
imagery behind the figure of speech in it
Study psalms by form and content
3 main categories:
a) praise psalms; b) laments; c) thanksgiving
royal psalms, enthronement psalms,
Keep the literary context in mind
- sometimes adjacent psalms
relate to each other
Note the ultimate fulfillment in Christ
- a few psalms have strong prophetic,
messianic elements (e.g., Ps. 22, 110)
- royal/enthronement psalms have
historical meaning and find their
ultimate fulfillment in Christ's reign
Song of Songs
Interpretive Keys for Wisdom Books
The 4 books balance each other theologically
- read each one in context of all four.
Purpose of the Wisdom Books
Sermon Keys for Psalms
Develop your sermon along the lines determined by the form/structural category (e.g., praise, thanksgiving, lament)
Each psalm usually expresses a complete unit of thought (-> preach an entire psalm)
Sermon Keys for Wisdom Books
Complete units of thoughts vary in Proverbs
longer poetic units
, each proverb stands
by itself (does not relate to the
- While preaching from
choose one of the themes and pick 3-5
relevant proverbs (e.g., hard work,
laziness; honesty; good speech;
gossiping; concern for the poor)
Place the smaller units of Job within the context of the entire story
- Retell the whole story of Job in your
- Some theological principles:
God is sovereign, we are not.
God knows all and we know little.
God is always just, but he does not disclose his explanations to us.
Preach Ecclesiastes in light of the overall message (12:9-14)
- Three main points:
Apart from God, life is meaningless. Wisdom is not bad, but it does not provide ultimate meaning in life.
Wisdom does not explain the contradictions of life; it only points them out. Therefore, people should simply trust God (the same meaning as Job)
Life, therefore, is not a puzzle to be completely understood but a gift to be enjoyed (similar to Song of Songs) as we walk by faith.
Song of Songs is very appropriate for a preaching series that deals with marriage
- Use paragraph-size or
chapter-size units of thoughts
Develop the CIT, CIS and sermon outline for
Use Psalm 142 (p. 284f) as example
– second line contrasts with first line
– second line repeats idea of first line
– second line further develops
idea of first line
– second line illustrates first line
CIS: Six reasons why all people should praise the Lord
Why should all people praise the Lord?
1. Because they love to do so (v. 1)
2. Because of his works (vss. 2-9)
3. Because praise is the only fitting response
They are majestic (vss. 2-3)
They are memorable (vss. 4-5)
They are mighty (v. 6)
They are meaningful (v. 6)
Adapted from Spurgeon, Treasury of David; http://www.spurgeon.org/treasury/ps111.htm
and Sermon Seeds; http://sermonseeds.org/Poetry/Psalm%2091-120/Psalm%20111.htm.