Songs of Christ

Sermons on the Psalms


May 30, 2021 • Brett Baggett

OUTLINE I. THE HAPPINESS OF SAINTS (vv. 1-3) I) Would you be happy? Then do not walk in the counsel of the wicked (v. 1a) II) Would you be happy? Then do not stand in the way of sinners (v. 1b) III) Would you be happy? Then do not sit in the seat of scoffers (v. 1c) IV) Would you be happy? Then get a delight in the Scriptures (v. 2a) V) Would you be happy? Then meditate on the Scriptures day and night (v. 2b) VI) What are the happy saints like? (v. 3) II. THE MISERY OF SINNERS (vv. 4-6) I) What are the wicked like? (v. 4) II) Those who stand in the way of sinners will not stand in the judgement (v. 5a) III) Those who walk in the counsel of the wicked will not be in the congregation of the righteous in heaven (v. 5b) IV) The great difference between saints and sinners (v. 6) DISCUSSION QUESTIONS Q1. What does it mean to “walk in the counsel of the wicked”? Can you think of a time in your life when you did this? What was the outcome? What is the opposite of “walking in the counsel of the wicked”? Q2. What does it mean to “stand in the way of sinners”? Can you think of a time in your life when you did this? What was the outcome? What is the opposite of “standing in the way of sinners”? Q3. What does it mean to “sit in the seat of scoffers”? Can you think of a time in your life when you did this? What was the outcome? What is the opposite of “sitting in the seat of scoffers”? Q4. What does the happy man do according to verse 2? How can you apply this to your daily life? What do you need to change so you can both delight in and meditate on God’s word? Q5. What is the happy righteous person like according to verse 3? What does David mean? Q6. What is the miserable wicked person like according to verse 4? What does David mean and how does Matthew 3:12 help? Q7. What is the outcome for the wicked according to verse 5? What does David mean by each phrase? How should this wake you up out of your sins and propel you toward Christ? Q8. How does David finish this Psalm in verse 6?


July 31, 2022 • Brett Baggett • Psalm 2

DOCTRINE: Rebels to the crown will be utterly defeated one way or another by the exalted King, the Lord Jesus Christ. He will defeat them by conversion or condemnation. I. WHAT DO REBELS DO? (Psalm 2:1-2) I) Rebels rage against the LORD (Psalm 2:1a) II) Rebels plot against the LORD (Psalm 2:1b) By the way, the raging and plotting of rebels is vain and pointless—because they will not defeat the King of Heaven (Psalm 2:1c). III) Rebels set themselves against the LORD and against His anointed (Psalm 2:2a) V) Rebels take counsel together against the LORD and against His anointed (Psalm 2:2b) II. WHAT DO REBELS SAY? (Psalm 2:3) I) Rebels lie about the Law of God and say it should be overthrown (Psalm 2:3) People who do not love Jesus also do not love his Law. Sinners who refuse to turn to Christ and be saved will lie to you about God’s Law. But you need to know that the Law of the LORD is perfect and righteous altogether! I) The Law reveals who God is in his holiness. II) The Law also reveals how society should be governed, so that the wicked do not trample of the innocent. III) The Law reveals that we are sinners that need to be saved by Jesus. IV) The Law reveals how we as Christians should live so that we can please and glorify our merciful King. III. WHAT DOES THE LORD SAY IN RESPONSE TO REBELS? (Psalm 2:4-6) I) The LORD laughs and mocks the rage and vain plots of rebels (Psalm 2:4) II) The LORD speaks wrathfully against rebels (Psalm 2:5). III) The LORD mocks and terrifies rebels by pointing to his Anointed King (Psalm 2:6). IV. WHAT DOES THE LORD DO IN RESPONSE TO REBELS? (Psalm 2:7-9) I) The LORD gives solid evidence that his Son is the King (Psalm 2:7). II) The LORD gives the nations to the King as his heritage and the ends of the earth as His possession (Psalm 2:8) III) The LORD promises the King will utterly defeat His enemies (Psalm 2:9) V. WHAT DOES THE LORD DEMAND OF REBELS? (Psalm 2:10-12) I) The LORD demands all to be wise, the highest to the lowest (Psalm 2:10a) II) The LORD demands all to be warned, the highest to the lowest (Psalm 2:10b) III) The LORD demands that all serve him with fear, the highest to the lowest (Psalm 2:11a) IV) The LORD demands that all rejoice in Him with trembling (Psalm 2:11b) V) The LORD demands that all rebels Kiss His Son (Psalm 2:12a) We are to kiss the Son’s feet in repentance, kiss his hand in faith and obedience, and kiss His face in love and affection. VI. WHAT DOES THE LORD PROMISE REBELS? (Psalm 2:12b-d) I) For those who will not kiss the Son, the LORD promises anger (Psalm 2:12b) II) To those who will not kiss the Son, the LORD promises perishing which will come upon them suddenly, without warning (Psalm 2:12c) III) The LORD promises blessing and happiness to all rebels who do lay down their arms and Kiss the Son, taking refuge in him (Psalm 2:12d) I. USE THESE TRUTHS FOR INSTRUCTION I) The Lord Jesus Christ is King, and there is not a thing anyone can do about it—everyone will give an account to him (Ps. 2:6; Heb. 4:13). II) If you turn from your sin and embrace Christ by faith, he will receive you, protect you, and make you happy (Ps. 2:12d). II. USE THESE TRUTHS FOR WARNING I) Christ will have glory from everyone either in salvation or damnation. You will either “perish in the way” with Christ’s rod of iron or you will be “blessed” with Christ’s scepter of mercy by taking “refuge in him.” III. USE THESE TRUTHS FOR TESTING I) Do you happily submit to Christ’s rule or do you treat his commands like they are chains? IV. USE THESE TRUTHS FOR COMFORT I) Look at the raging and vain plots of rebels who hate Christ and hate you for his sake. Now see the LORD laughing at them. In Psalm 110:2, God the Father says to his Son, “Rule in the midst of your enemies!” and because we belong to this King Christ by his grace, we can say with David in Psalm 23, “You prepare a table for me in the presence of my enemies.” We can say with David, “Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord forever.” Because Christ is ruling in the midst of his enemies we can feast in the presence of their hatred and scoffing. Because Christ mockingly laughs at his enemies, we who are united to him can joyfully laugh even when they surround us. V. USE THESE TRUTHS FOR EXHORTATION I) Since Christ is King, believers, preach the gospel and tell everyone to repent and believe (Ps. 2:12). Oh that we believers would pity those still in rebellion to God. We were all there, were we not? but God rescued us, not because of our works but because of his mercy. Therefore pray to God for rebels, proclaim the Law and the Gospel to them, plead with them to Kiss the Son, and promise them that if they bend the knee to Christ he will make them happy and holy. Promise them also that if they do not they will perish in the way. II) Since Christ is King, believers, press his crown rights into every square inch of existence (Ps. 2:11). Press Christ’s crown rights into: (i) Yourself. (ii) Your home. (iii) The church. (iv) Your vocation. (v) The public square. (vi) The civil government. (vii) The nations.


June 19, 2022 • Brett Baggett • Psalm 9:1–10

DOCTRINE: The Lord’s people praise His name by recounting his wonderful deeds of terror to persistent sinners and deeds of protection to His saints. I. THE LORD’S PEOPLE PRAISE HIM BY RECOUNTING HIS WONDERFUL DEEDS (Psalm 9:1-2) The LORD’s people praise Him: I) By giving thanks to Him for His wonderful deeds (Psalm 9:1a). II) In Gladness for His wonderful deeds (Psalm 9:2a). III) Through song for His glory (Psalm 9:2b). II. THE LORD’S PEOPLE PRAISE HIM BY RECOUNTING HIS WONDERFUL TERRORS TO PERSISTENT SINNERS (Psalm 9:3-6) The LORD is a terror to persistent sinners because: I) He is holy and they are not (Psalm 9:3). II) He is a righteous judge and they are guilty (Psalm 9:4). Nahum 1:3 “The Lord is slow to anger and great in power, and the Lord will by no means clear the guilty. His way is in whirlwind and storm, and the clouds are the dust of his feet.” III) They have tried to steal God’s glory, and He will share it with no one (Psalm 9:5-6). Isaiah 42:8 “I am the Lord; that is my name; my glory I give to no other,” III. THE LORD’S PEOPLE PRAISE HIM BY RECOUNTING HIS WONDERFUL PROTECTION OF HIS SAINTS (Psalm 9:7-10) The LORD protects His saints: I) Because He is our just King (Psalm 9:7-8). II) Like a stronghold for wear Christian soldiers (Psalm 9:9). Proverbs 18:10 “The name of the Lord is a strong tower; the righteous man runs into it and is safe.” 2 Tim 1:12 “I am not ashamed, for I know whom I have believed, and I am convinced that he is able to guard until that day what has been entrusted to me.” Psalm 119:114: “You are my hiding place and my shield; I hope in your word.” III) Because their faith is in Him (Psalm 9:10). IV) He will never forsake them (Psalm 9:10b). Hebrews 13:5 “He has said, ‘I will never leave you nor forsake you.’”


July 16, 2023 • Brett Baggett • Psalm 15

DOCTRINE. A true believer can be identified by their walking in integrity before the Lord; if they have integrity, they live an unshakeable life enjoying and glorifying God. A person with integrity, who shows evidence of their faith, I. SPEAKS THE TRUTH NOT ONLY WITH THEIR MOUTH BUT IN THEIR HEART (Ps. 15:2b). II. DOES NOT SPEAK GOSSIP OR SLANDER (Ps. 15:3a). III. DOES NO HARM TO THEIR NEIGHBOR (Ps. 15:3b). IV. DOES NOT LISTEN TO GOSSIP OR SLANDER (Ps. 15:3c). V. DESPISES THOSE WHO DESPISE THE LORD (Ps. 15:4a). VI. HONORS THOSE WHO HONOR THE LORD (Ps. 15:4b). VII. KEEPS THEIR WORD, EVEN IF IT COSTS THEM GREATLY (Ps. 15:4c). VIII. DOES NOT USE THE POOR, BUT RATHER HELPS THEM (Ps. 15:5a). IX. DOES NOT PERVERT JUSTICE BY TAKING A BRIBE AGAINST THE INNOCENT, BUT RATHER DEFENDS THEM (Ps. 15:5b). APPLICATION I) EXAMINATION. Christian, are you a man or woman of integrity? What sins do you need to confess to God even now and look again to Christ for forgiveness? May the Spirit convict you of sin, grant you repentance, and assure you of pardon through Christ’s blood.  II) DIRECTION. Here is a great list of things to put into practice so you can best glorify and enjoy God. III) COMFORT. Use Psalm 15 to see how excellent your Redeemer is. You and I have not lived up to this perfect standard of love to God and neighbor, but O there is one who has. Christ Jesus, the righteous one, obeyed Psalm 15 perfectly so that you who trust in Him would have that perfect righteousness credited to your account. Not only did Christ perfectly achieve the righteousness believers need in order to stand before God, He also “swore to His own hurt and did not change.” Christ Jesus swore that He would receive a people for Himself, and He kept His word even when it cost Him crucifixion. Christ died in your place, Christian, because He received that charge from His Father and He swore to uphold our end of the Covenant. “No one takes [my life] from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have authority to lay it down, and I have authority to take it up again. This charge I have received from my Father” (John 10:18). You who feel such guilt for your sins, look to Christ crucified in faith and have that burden fall off your back and roll into a tomb. You who feel such depression and anxieties because of the pressures and cares of this world, look to Christ crucified in faith and see His great love for a wretched person like you. Let His costly love melt away your fears. Christ not only died in your place, believer, He has also sworn to both keep and glorify you. “And this is the will of him who sent me, that I should lose nothing of all that he has given me, but raise it up on the last day” (John 6:39). You who are suffering or sorrowful, look at Christ swearing that he will lose nothing that His Father has given Him. You cannot drown in your affliction while Christ is resolved to keep your head above the waters. You saints who are sick or diseased, look at Christ swearing to His Father that He will raise you up on the last day. You cannot out-sin the cross and you cannot out-die resurrection.  “[Christ] swears to his own hurt and does not change” (Psalm 15:4c). Let that be an anchor to you in calm waters and in great storms. Meditate on Psalm 15, beloved. Use the truths for Examination, Direction, and Comfort if you belong to Christ. If you do not yet belong to Him yet, what are you waiting for? Look to Him and live.


April 12, 2020 • Brett Baggett

OUTLINE All who take refuge in Jesus... I. Will be preserved by the LORD (v.1) II. Have all the good they need—they have found the One whom their soul loves (v.2,5-6) III. Delight in His saints and detest the way of idolators (v.3-4) IV. Praise the LORD as they listen to His counsel (v.7-8) V. Are glad and rejoice (v.9) VI. Will never be abandoned nor see corruption (v.10) VII. Will be joyfully satisfied in His presence forever (v.11)


August 8, 2020 • Corey Seitz

OUTLINE I. The Word of God is Sufficient to Revive the Soul III. The Word of God is Sufficient to Make Wise the Simple IV. The Word of God is Sufficient Rejoice the Heart V. The Word of God is Sufficient Enlighten the Eyes VI. The Word of God is Sufficient to Purify God's People VII. The Word of God is Sufficient, True, and Righteous Altogether VIII. The Word of God is Sufficient Desired Greatly IX. The Word of God is Sufficient To Warn God's Servants


April 10, 2020 • Brett Baggett

I. Jesus was forsaken by His Father (v.1-2) II. Jesus trusted His Father (v.3-5) III. Jesus was humiliated by those He created (v.6-8) IV. Jesus was and is sinless perfection (v.9-11) V. Jesus was pierced for our transgressions (v.12-18) CONCLUSION: Jesus has done it (v.19-31)


June 6, 2021 • Brett Baggett

OUTLINE I. Is the Lord Jesus your Shepherd? Then He will provide everything you need (v. 1b) II. Is Christ your Shepherd? Then He will give you rest and nourishment (v. 2) III. Is Jesus your Shepherd? Then He will never abandon you when you wander; He will bring you back when you go astray (v. 3a) IV. Is the Lord Jesus Christ your Shepherd? Then He will direct your paths in righteousness for His glory (v. 3b) V. Is Christ your Shepherd? Then He will be with you when you suffer, comforting you so that you may fear no evil (v. 4) VI. Is Jesus your Shepherd? Then He will protect you from all your enemies and bless you at His table (v. 5) VII. Is the Lord Jesus Christ your Shepherd? Then He will chase you down with lovingkindness every day until you die (v. 6a) VIII. Is Christ your Shepherd? Then He has bought you, is providing for you, will protect you and bring you safely to His glorious presence where you will live forever (v. 6b)


July 10, 2022 • Brett Baggett • Psalm 24

DOCTRINE: The Lord God owns everything and everyone by creation, and He has created mankind to glorify Him and enjoy Him forever. But who can enjoy God forever? I. THE LORD OWNS EVERYTHING AND EVERYONE (Psalm 24:1) The LORD God Himself says to the man Job in The LORD God Himself said to Job, “Who has first given to me, that I should repay him? Whatever is under the whole heaven is mine” (Job 41:11). And the LORD sarcastically says in the Psalms, “If I were hungry, I would not tell you, for the world and its fullness are mine” (Psalm 50:12). Commenting on Psalm 24:1, Matthew Henry wrote, “When God gave the earth to the children of men he still reserved to himself the property, and only let it out to them as tenants.” The Lord owns the dirt. He owns the grass, fields, crops, trees, deserts, creeks, rivers, seas, oceans, plains, valleys, hills, and mountains. You have never seen, touched, or heard anything the Lord God does not look at and say, “That is mine.” The Lord owns your house. The Lord owns your transportation, tractors, tools, toys, and treasures. The Lord owns your books. The Lord owns your clothes, your wallet, purse, cash, and cards. The Lord owns that chair you are sitting on right now. The Lord owns every piece of food and drop of drink you have ever or will ever consume. You have never owned anything, properly speaking. God Himself owns everyone and everything. The things we call “ours” or “mine” are entrusted to us as stewards by our merciful God. The Lord owns your wife, husband, and He owns your husband, wife. The Lord owns your parents, your bothers, and your sisters. The Lord owns your children. You have never met a person the Lord God does not own. The Lord owns you. He owns your body. The Lord owns your brain. The Lord owns your heart, lungs, tongue, and eyes. The Lord owns that air you are breathing in this very moment. Every atom is an asset of the Lord God, each one existing to shine forth His infinite glory! I) Use this truth for testing yourself. Do you treat the earth and the fullness thereof, even your own possessions and your own body and your own soul, like they belong to the Lord God? Do you humbly give thanks to him, the owner, who has entrusted to you His goods? thanklessness is a great sin! The English Puritan William Cooper said in a sermon on thankfulness, “To be unthankful to a bountiful God, is for a froward child to beat his mother’s breasts that gave him suck, and to kick his father’s loins.” God says through Paul in, Romans 1:21, “Although [sinners] knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened.” God owns everyone and everything. Do you act like it? II) Use this truth also for comforting yourselves, if you belong to Christ. Everything that exists belongs to your generous Father!Matthew Henry again notes, “All the parts and regions of the earth are the Lord's, all under his eye, all in his hand: so that, wherever a child of God goes, he may comfort himself with this, that he does not go off his Father's ground.” God says in 1 Corinthians 3:21-23, “All things are yours, whether Paul or Apollos or Cephas or the world or life or death or the present or the future—all are yours, and you are Christ's, and Christ is God's.” All is yours if you are in Christ because all is His and He is yours. Rejoice, believer. II. THE LORD OWNS EVERYTHING AND EVERYONE BY RIGHT OF CREATION (Psalm 24:2; Job 38:1-11) III. THE CHIEF END OF MAN IS TO ENJOY GOD FOREVER (Psalm 24:3, 5-6) Moses knows this, so he says. “Please show me your glory” (Exodus 33:18). David knows this wonderful truth, therefore he sings, “You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore” (Psalm 16:11). Asaph knew the chief end of man was to enjoy God forever, so he sings, “Whom have I in heaven but you? And there is nothing on earth that I desire besides you. My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever” (Psalm 73:25-26). Paul experientially knew the enjoyment of Christ is the chief end of man, so he writes, “But whatever gain I had, I counted as loss for the sake of Christ. Indeed, I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ” (Philippians 3:7-8). Christ knows this, therefore he prayed, the night before he bled and died to ransom his people, “Father, I desire that they also, whom you have given me, may be with me where I am, to see my glory that you have given me because you loved me before the foundation of the world” (John 17:24). John the apostle knows the chief end of man is to enjoy God forever, because he saw and heard with his own eyes and ears, “No longer will there be anything accursed, but the throne of God and of the Lamb will be in it, and his servants will worship him. They will see his face, and his name will be on their foreheads. And night will be no more. They will need no light of lamp or sun, for the Lord God will be their light, and they will reign forever and ever” (Revelation 22:3-5). Any pleasure you have sought in sin pales in comparison to the pleasure that is found in enjoying God! Sin gives “fleeting pleasures” (Heb. 11:), but “at God’s right hand are pleasures forevermore” (Ps. 16:11). This is the wonder and glory of the Garden of Eden, where God deposited our first father Adam. Adam and Eve could enjoy God face to face, in His very presence where happiness ever flows! However we lost that when we all sinned in Adam. Therefore David asks these questions in Psalm 24:3: Who can ascend the hill of the LORD? Who can enjoy God by standing in His holy place, in His very presence? Now God gives us four qualifications through David in this Psalm: I) Only those who have clean hands can ascend, stand, and enjoy God forever. “He who has clean hands…” (Psalm 24:4a). Why must we have clean hands? Because to have clean hands means to be without sin when it comes to your actions. Hands are symbols of the actions we perform; the things we do outwardly. We defile ourselves by sins of omission and commission; by doing what is against God’s Law, and by not doing what God’s Law requires.“[The LORD] said, ‘you cannot see my face, for man shall not see me and live’” (Exodus 33:20). Why? “You…are of purer eyes than to see evil and cannot look at wrong” (Habakkuk 1:13). In God’s presence is fulness of joy, but not a spot of evil!‘Nothing unclean will ever enter it, nor anyone who does what is detestable or false, but only those who are written in the Lamb's book of life” (Revelation 21:17). What fellowship has light with darkness? What communion has holiness with defilement? What preferment has the red-handed malefactor with the white-robed Majesty? Sin is trespassing. What will happen to you with Oklahomans if you trespass someone’s land and try to steal their property What will happen to you with God if you trespass His Law and try to steal His glory? The wages of sin is death, not life. The penalty for sin is misery not merriment. The result of sin is sadness not happiness. Jonathan Edwards wrote, “Since God is of infinite honor, infinite majesty, and infinite holiness, the slightest sin is of infinite consequence. The slightest sin is nothing less than cosmic treason when we realize against whom we have sinned.” Have you obeyed, with your external actions, the moral Law of God summarized in the Ten Commandments? Do you have clean hands? II) Only those who have a pure heart can ascend, stand, and enjoy God forever. “and a pure heart…” (Psalm 24:4b). John Calvin notes, “True purity, no doubt, has its seat in the heart, but it manifests its fruits in the works of the hands.” Have you obeyed, with your internal thoughts and affections, the Law of God? Do you have a pure heart? III) Only those who worship the Lord and not idols can ascend, stand, and enjoy God forever. “who does not lift up his soul to what is false…” (Psalm 24:4c). Have you worshipped the Lord your God and served Him only? Have you loved the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, mind, and strength? Or would Jeremiah 2:13 be true of you: “My people have committed two evils: they have forsaken me, the fountain of living waters, and hewed out cisterns for themselves, broken cisterns that can hold no water.” IV) Only those who have clean lips can ascend, stand, and enjoy God forever. “and does not swear deceitfully” (Psalm 24:4d). Has your tongue always told the truth, perfectly obeying the ninth commandment? Remember what verses 5-6 promise to the one who can ascend the hill of the LORD and stand in His holy place: “He will receive blessing from the LORD and righteousness from the God of his salvation. Such is the generation of those who seek him, who seek the face of the God of Jacob. Selah” (Psalm 24:5-6). I ask you to examine yourself, compared to what God says here and I ask you: Can you ascend the hill? Can you stand in the holy place? IV. WHO CAN ASCEND, STAND, AND ENJOY GOD FOREVER? GOD HIMSELF (Psalm 24:7-10) Only Christ can gain access. This is the glory of the gospel of Jesus Christ. He came down the hill, so that he could live without sin, die to pay his people’s sin-debts, and arise to then carry us on his back up it to the eternally happy presence of God! Christ, who is God, left the holy place and came to the earth, becoming a man to redeem sinners like you and me so that we could get back into the holy place before the holy face of God. So who can ascend the hill of the Lord? Christ alone! And yet you and I can ascend the hill if we ride on his back. Confess with the prodigal son, “I have sinned against God and against other people.” Confess with Jeremiah, “My heart is desperately sick and deceitful above all things.” Confess also with Jeremiah, “I have committed two evils: I have forsaken the Lord, the fountain of living waters, and hewed out cisterns for myself, broken cisterns that can hold no water.” Confess with Isaiah, “I am a man of unclean lips and I live amongst a people of unclean lips.” Then look to Christ in faith and live! And you who believe, listen to John Preston: “Look on your own secret sins, your relapses, and then on Christ’s coming with His mercies and favors—and you cannot help but love Him.” If you belong to Jesus Christ by faith, as you ride his back up the hill, trust him and labor by the power of the Holy Spirit to wash your hands, cleanse your heart, repent of lifting up your soul to what is false, and use your tongue to the glory of the King of glory. This is how we have sweet fellowship with God even here and now.


July 2, 2023 • Brett Baggett • Psalm 32

DOCTRINE. A Christian is most happy because his sins are forgiven, and he can continually confess his sins to God. A sinner is most miserable because his sins are not forgiven, and he continually hides his sins from God.


July 9, 2023 • Brett Baggett • Psalm 32

A Christian is most happy because his sins are forgiven, and he can continually confess his sins to God.


June 4, 2023 • Brett Baggett • Psalm 33

DOCTRINE. Praising the Lord with song is the duty, decorum, and battle cry of the saints. I. PRAISING THE LORD WITH SONG IS THE DUTY OF THE SAINTS (Ps. 33:1-3). I) The Lord commands His saints to rejoice in Him (Ps. 33:1a). II) The Lord commands His saints to give thanks to Him (Ps. 33:2a). III) The Lord commands His saints to make melody to Him (Ps. 33:2a). IV) The Lord commands His saints to sing to Him (Ps. 33:2a). Now the Lord God not only commands our praise, beloved, He also commands the manner in which we praise Him. In Psalm 33:3, He says His righteous ones must praise Him “skillfully” and “with loud shouts.” Does our triune God who redeems us not deserve better than sloppy singing and low volume? II. PRAISING THE LORD WITH SONG IS THE DECORUM OF THE SAINTS (Ps. 33:1b, 4-19). Stir yourself up to sing praises to God by thinking upon: I) The perfection of His Scriptures (Ps. 33:4a). “For the word of the LORD is upright,” II) The perfection of His actions (Ps. 33:4b). “and all his work is done in faithfulness." III) His love for righteousness and justice (Ps. 33:5). “He loves righteousness and justice;” IV) His lovingkindness, which fills the whole earth (Ps. 33:5). “the earth is full of the steadfast love of the Lord.” V) His immeasurable creating power (Ps. 33:6). “By the word of the Lord the heavens were made, and by the breath of his mouth all their host.” VI) His sustaining power (Ps. 33:7). “He gathers the waters of the sea as a heap; he puts the deeps in storehouses." VII) His awesomeness (Ps. 33:8). “Let all the earth fear the Lord; let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of him!” VIII) His creating all things out of nothing with a word (Ps. 33:9). “For he spoke, and it came to be; he commanded, and it stood firm.” IX) The futility of man’s plans and the sufficiency of God’s (Ps. 33:10). “The Lord brings the counsel of the nations to nothing; he frustrates the plans of the peoples.” X) His immutable decrees (Ps. 33:11). “The counsel of the Lord stands forever, the plans of his heart to all generations." XI) His electing love for you (Ps. 33:12). “Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord, the people whom he has chosen as his heritage!” XII) His omniscience (Ps. 33:13-15). Omniscience means God knows everything and has never learned anything. "The Lord looks down from heaven; he sees all the children of man; from where he sits enthroned he looks out on all the inhabitants of the earth, he who fashions the hearts of them all and observes all their deeds.” XIII) The futility of man’s strength and the sufficiency of God’s (Ps. 33:16-17). “The king is not saved by his great army; a warrior is not delivered by his great strength. The war horse is a false hope for salvation, and by its great might it cannot rescue.” XIV) His providential love for you (Ps. 33:18). “Behold, the eye of the Lord is on those who fear him, on those who hope in his steadfast love,” XV) His redeeming love for you (Ps. 33:19a). “that he may deliver their soul from death” XVI) His preserving love for you (Ps. 33:19b). “and keep them alive in famine.” III. HOW THE SAINTS SHOULD RESPOND (Ps. 33:20-22). CONCLUSION. PRAISING THE LORD WITH SONG IS THE BATTLE CRY OF THE SAINTS (Ps. 33:3b).


July 3, 2022 • Brett Baggett • Psalm 40:1–5

DOCTRINE: Christ is the happiest man in existence and Christians are the happiest people on earth. I. WHY CHRIST IS THE HAPPIEST MAN IN EXISTENCE I) Christ is the happiest man in existence because he waited patiently for the LORD (Psalm 40:1a). II) Christ is the happiest man in existence because he had His prayers heard (Psalm 40:1b) III) Christ is the happiest man in existence because he went willingly into the pit of destruction and was then drawn up (Psalm 40:2a) IV) Christ is the happiest man in existence because he was raised up from the dead, never to die again (Psalm 40:2b). V) Christ is the happiest man in existence because he possesses the joy of paying the price of the world’s redemption (Psalm 40:3a) VI) Christ is the happiest man in existence because he will save many people from their sins (Psalm 40:3b) VII) Christ is the happiest man in existence because he trusted in the LORD and did not go astray after a lie (Psalm 40:4) VIII) Christ is the happiest man in existence because he calls to remembrance the abundance of deeds and plans of God (Psalm 40:5a) IX) Christ is the happiest man in existence because he proclaims to others the abundance of deeds and plans of God (Psalm 40:5b) II. WHY CHRISTIANS ARE THE HAPPIEST PEOPLE ON EARTH I) In Christ, you can wait patiently for the Lord, never fearing He has forgotten you (Psalm 40:1a) II) If you are united to Christ by faith, you can be sure God bends down and hears your prayers with a smile (Psalm 40:1b) III) If you belong to Christ, God has already drawn you up from the pit of destruction for sin, and you can be sure he will draw you up from the pit of destruction of sin and suffering (Psalm 40:2a). There are three ways to apply this part of verse 2: (I) If you belong to Christ, God has already drawn you up from the pit of destruction for sin. “He has delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins” (Colossians 1:13-14). Has God saved you from the pit of destruction by forgiving you of your sins for Christ’s sake? If not, go to Jesus Christ now by repentance and faith. Turn from the fleeting pleasures of sin, cast yourself on Christ, trusting in him alone to save you now and forever, then come let us know so you can be baptized in water because He commands you to be (Matthew 28:19). Then you can confidently say, “He drew me up from the pit of destruction, out of the miry bog,” If you are not yet a Christian, you need to be brought up out of the pit of destruction for your sin. Jesus can save you. Go to him. Turn from trusting in and seeking after your sin. Trust in him and seek after him, and be baptized. If you have been saved from this pit of destruction for sin, praise the Lord and sing with both David and Christ, “He drew me up from the pit of destruction, out of the miry bog.” (II) Christian, you can also be sure God will draw you from the pit of destruction of your indwelling sin. Though Christians are delivered from the penalty of sin and from its enslaving power, we are not yet delivered from sins presence. Peter says our sins “wage war against your soul.” David sings in the second part of Psalm 40:12, “my iniquities have overtaken me, and I cannot see; they are more than the hairs of my head; my heart fails me.” Is that you, believer? Have your sins overtaken you so that you cannot see? Are they more than the hairs of your head? Is your heart failing because of your indwelling sin? Do not despair. There is more sanctifying mercy is Christ Jesus than there is corrupting sin in you. “Cry” out to God and “wait patiently for the Lord.” He will “draw you up from the pit of destruction.” (III) If you belong to Jesus, you can be sure God will draw you from the pit of suffering. David sings in the first part of Psalm 40:12, “For evils have encompassed me beyond number.” Is that you, Christian? Have evils encompassed you beyond number? Is your heart failing because of suffering? Then cry out Psalm 40:13 with David: “Be pleased, O Lord, to deliver me! O Lord, make haste to help me!” Edmund Calamy said, “God has put us into the fire of affliction to refine us, and make us a vessel fit for His use.” He will bring you out of the pit of suffering, believer, after he has done what he wills with you in that furnace. Christians are the happiest people on earth because God has drawn, is drawing, and will draw them up from the pit of destruction. IV) If you are a believer, God has made your salvation as solid and secure as possible, planting your feet upon a rock and making your steps secure (Psalm 40:2b). V) In Christ, you have a reason to sing and praise the Lord (Psalm 40:3a). VI) If you are united to Christ by faith, it is because the promises of Christ’s accomplishments have come true for you (Psalm 40:3b). VII) If you belong to Christ and do not go astray after a lie, you are plugged into the source of happiness, God Himself (Psalm 40:4). VIII) If you are a believer, the sovereign God of the heaven and earth is continually working by His providence for your good and His glory (Psalm 40:5a). IX) In Christ, you get to proclaim of the amazing works and purposes of God (Psalm 40:5b).


August 7, 2022 • Brett Baggett • Psalm 42

DOCTRINE: True believers may go through seasons of being cast down or depressed, but there are great helps for you to lift you up if you are in Christ. I. TRUE BELIEVERS MAY GO THROUGH SEASONS OF BEING CAST DOWN (Psalm 42:5a, 11a) I) True believers find their chief delight in God, yet sometimes they choke on their tears as they feel abandoned by Him. (I) True believers find their chief delight in God (Psalm 42:1-2). (II) Sometimes true believers choke on their tears, feeling abandoned by God (Psalm 42:3). QUESTION. How does a downcast soul happen? ANSWER I. Sometimes through sickness. ANSWER II. Sometimes through lack of sanctification. If you base your happiness on your current progress in sanctification, rather than the finished nature of your justification in Christ, you will likely be constantly in and out of depressing moods. ANSWER III. Sometimes through sins committed. (I) Sins of commission which squeeze the conscience. (II) Sins of omission which are like thorns in the bed of the conscience. (III) Sins of idleness, not actively working hard as God has created you to in your education, training, or vocation. (IV) Sins of slothfulness or gluttony, not fueling, exerting, or resting your body in a way that glorifies God. (V) Sins of indulging in worries and anxieties, which drain the soul of comfort and fill it with distrust in God’s goodness. (VI) Sins of neglecting private, family, or public worship of the Lord. A starved soul is a downcast soul. A soul never exhaling God’s praises will become heavy as a millstone and sink down in the sea. A soul infrequently fellowshipping with God’s people, or being distant when they are around other believers, will be a lone island of despair. ANSWER IV. Sometimes through sins received. ANSWER V. Sometimes through suffering. Like Job you may be suffering without any fault of your own. The Lord may simply be sanctifying his name in the eyes of others by afflicting you and sustaining you. He may be afflicting you simply because you need to be sanctified and this is the way he has chosen to do it. ANSWER VI. Sometimes through persecution. ANSWER VII. Sometimes through not being able to assemble with the Lord’s people to praise his name. II) True believers, when they are downcast, earnestly desire to worship the Lord in the assembly of the saints, knowing this is a key way God pumps joy into the soul (Psalm 42:4). II. THERE IS HOPE AND HELP FOR YOU IF YOU ARE CAST DOWN (Psalm 42:5-11) QUESTION. What do I do when I am downcast? ANSWER. Here are TEN helps for you if and when your soul is cast down within you. I) Remember the LORD by fixing the eyes of your heart on who He is and what He has promised (Psalm 42:6b). II) Remember the LORD is sovereign over all your downcast seasons (Psalm 42:7). III) Remember God’s lovingkindness to you in Christ (Psalm 42:8a). Think of the lovingkindness of God toward you, believer: (I) God’s love for you, believer, never began (Jeremiah 31:33; Psalm 103:17). (II) God in his love for you, Christian, gave his only begotten Son so that you would not perish but have eternal life (John 3:16). (III) God’s love for you, saint, led Christ to lay down his life for you (John 15:13). (IV) God’s love for you, believer, will never end (John 13:1). (V) God’s love for you, Christian, can never be severed (Romans 8:35-39). IV) Remember God’s song (Psalm 42:8b). V) Remember to pray to the God who gives you both life and eternal life (Psalm 42:8c). VI) Remember to cry out to God in prayer, and cry out honestly (Psalm 42:9-10). VII) Remember to preach to yourself, calling your soul to account (Psalm 42:11a). (I) Examine yourself by seeing if you can discern why you are in this downcast state. (I) Is it because of sickness? (II) Is it because you are navel-gazing, rather than looking at Christ? (III) Has God by his providence handed you into this downcast state because of sin that you need to repent of? (I.) Sins of commission? (II.) Sins of omission? (III.) Sins of idleness? (IV.) Sins of slothfulness or gluttony? (V.) Sins of indulging in worries and anxieties? (VI.) Sins of neglecting the private, family, or public worship of the Lord? (IV) Are you in this downcast state because of sins that have been committed against you? (V) Are you downcast because of persecution? (VI) Are you downcast because of not being able to worship the Lord in the assembly of the saints? (II) Beloved, it may be that you can easily discern by examination why you are in a down cast state. But it may be that you cannot discover the reason. Enlist the help of your husband, wife, friend, or one of your pastors. You must not walk through the valley of the shadow of death alone. VIII) Remember to tell yourself to fix your hope on God (Psalm 42:11b). (I) You and I must set our hope fully on the grace that will be brought to us when Christ returns (1 Peter 1:13). (II) Your sufferings and afflictions will result, by God’s grace, in increased hope in Christ (Romans 5:2-4; Job 13:14). IX) Remember to tell yourself that this darkness will not last—say to yourself, “I shall again praise him!” (Psalm 42:11c). X) Remember to tell yourself that this darkness will not last—say to yourself, “I will see Christ’s face!” (Psalm 42:11d)


July 17, 2022 • Brett Baggett • Psalm 50

INTRODUCTION: Why do we sing in the assembly of the saints or in community group meetings or in our homes for family worship or in the public square? Mainly to “ascribe to the Lord the glory due his name” (Psalm 29:2), but partly to teach and admonish one another (Colossians 3:16). “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God.” Matthew Henry wrote, “[Psalm 50] is a psalm of instruction…of reproof and admonition, in singing which we are to teach and admonish one another. . . These instructions and admonitions we must take to ourselves, and give to one another, in singing this psalm.” Amen. But what do we learn from this divine song written down by Asaph? DOCTRINE: God will judge the living and the dead, based on whether or not they were thankful to him. I. THE ONE TRUE GOD IS A PREACHER (Psalm 50:1a) Psalm 50:1a “The Mighty One, God the LORD, speaks” II. THE ONE TRUE GOD WILL ONE DAY PREACH A SERMON, SUMMONING THE ENTIRE EARTH TO BE JUDGED BEFORE HIM (Psalm 50:1b) Psalm 50:1b “and summons the earth from the rising of the sun to its setting.” III. THE ONE TRUE GOD WHO WILL SUMMON THE EARTH TO JUDGEMENT IS PERFECT IN HOLINESS (Psalm 50:2) Psalm 50:2 “Out of Zion, the perfection of beauty, God shines forth.” IV. WHEN THE ONE TRUE GOD JUDGES, HE WILL DEVOUR HIS ENEMIES AND PROTECT HIS PEOPLE (Psalm 50:3) Psalm 50:3 “Our God comes; he does not keep silence; (c.f. v.21) before him is a devouring fire, around him a mighty tempest.” V. WHEN THE ONE TRUE GOD JUDGES, HE WILL JUDGE THE LIVING AND THE DEAD, THOSE IN HEAVEN AND THOSE ON EARTH (Psalm 50:4) Psalm 50:4 “He calls (or summons, c.f. v.1) to the heavens (from) above and to the earth, that he may judge his people:” VI. WHEN THE ONE TRUE GOD JUDGES, JUDGEMENT BEGINS WITH THE HOUSEHOLD OF GOD (Psalm 50:5-6) Psalm 50:5-6 “‘Gather to me my faithful ones, who made a covenant with me by sacrifice!’ The heavens declare his righteousness, for God himself is judge! Selah” QUESTION. How will God judge? ANSWER. God will judge the living and the dead, based on whether or not they were thankful to him (Psalm 50:14-15, 23). Psalm 50:14-15, 23 “Offer to God a sacrifice of thanksgiving, and perform your vows to the Most High, and call upon me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you shall glorify me.” . . . “The one who offers thanksgiving as his sacrifice glorifies me; to one who orders his way rightly I will show the salvation of God!” Now, we need to use this truth for Instruction, Warning, Examination, Exhortation, and Comfort. I. USE THIS TRUTH FOR INSTRUCTION I) See the great mercy of God in judging his people not for their sins, but for their thankfulness for his mercy despite their sins (Psalm 50:7-15). II) See the great evil of unthankfulness (Romans 1:21). Romans 1:21 “For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened.” My father repeatedly told me what his father told him: “Son, there is nothing worse than an ingrate.” He is right. “Unthankfulness is the greatest injustice that may be; it is a withholding from the great Landlord of heaven and earth His due, His debt” (Thomas Brooks, The unsearchable riches of Christ). “An unthankful person is a monster in nature—and a paradox in Christianity. He is the scorn of heaven and the plague of earth. An ungrateful man never does well, except in one thing—that is, when he dies. Then he becomes a monument of God's justice” (Thomas Watson, The Godly Man’s Picture). III) See how thankful God’s people should be to him for his mercy (Selected Scriptures). You and I who are in Christ should be thankful and make our thankfulness known to God: (I) For his righteousness because he deserves it (Psalm 7:17). Psalm 7:17 “I will give to the Lord the thanks due to his righteousness, and I will sing praise to the name of the Lord, the Most High.” The One true God is righteous! What if he was a tyrant? (II) For his wonderful deeds of redemption and providence (Psalm 9:1). Psalm 9:1 “I will give thanks to the Lord with my whole heart; I will recount all of your wonderful deeds.” *Think of the wonderful deeds God has done in Christ, believers! Christ has swept away our sins with his cross and reckoned us righteous with his robe; He has raised us up from spiritual death by his resurrection, and advocates for us before the Father in his ascension; He has and will preserve us by his providence and is sanctifying his Spirit; Christ is conquering the nations with his shepherd’s crook and ruining his enemies with his rod; He is ruling and reigning at the right hand of God until all his enemies be made a footstool for his feet; He will return to chase away sin and sadness and to satisfy us with his presence forever; Christ will return and we will rule with him. (III) For being our strength and our shield against sin, satan, and suffering (Psalm 28:7). Psalm 28:7 “The Lord is my strength and my shield; in him my heart trusts, and I am helped; my heart exults, and with my song I give thanks to him.” (IV) For his goodness (Psalm 54:6). Psalm 54:6 “With a freewill offering I will sacrifice to you; I will give thanks to your name, O Lord, for it is good.” (V) For being our shepherd and making us the sheep of his pasture (Psalm 79:13). Psalm 79:13 “But we your people, the sheep of your pasture, will give thanks to you forever; from generation to generation we will recount your praise.” (VI) For his steadfast love (Psalm 107:1). Psalm 107:1 “Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever!” (VII) For answering our prayers (Psalm 118:28). Psalm 118:28 “I thank you that you have answered me and have become my salvation.” (VIII) For being the Lord of lords, ruling and reigning over the kings and rulers of the earth (Psalm 136:3). Psalm 136:3 “Give thanks to the Lord of lords, for his steadfast love endures forever;” (IX) For his faithfulness through his Scriptures (Psalm 138:4). Psalm 138:4 “I bow down toward your holy temple and give thanks to your name for your steadfast love and your faithfulness, for you have exalted above all things your name and your word.” (X) For his generosity (Psalm 142:7). Psalm 142:7 “Bring me out of prison, that I may give thanks to your name! The righteous will surround me, for you will deal bountifully with me.” (XI) For the food and supplies he gives to meet our everyday needs (Acts 27:35). Acts 27:35 “[Paul] took bread, and giving thanks to God in the presence of all he broke it and began to eat.” (XII) For fellow saints who are united to Christ and apart of our same family (Romans 1:8; Colossians 3:15). Romans 1:8 “First, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for all of you,” Colossians 3:15 “And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful.” (XIII) For freedom from slavery to sin and also the desire now to obey Christ in joy (Romans 6:17). Romans 6:17 “Thanks be to God, that you who were once slaves of sin have become obedient from the heart…” (XIV) For gospel laborers who risk their lives for Christ’s glory and the church’s good (Romans 16:3-4). Romans 16:3-4 “3 Greet Prisca and Aquila, my fellow workers in Christ Jesus, 4 who risked their necks for my life, to whom not only I give thanks but all the churches of the Gentiles give thanks as well.” (XV) For his justifying work and promise of heaven (Colossians 1:12). Colossians 1:12 “giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in light.” (XVI) For his sanctifying work (2 Corinthians 8:16). 2 Corinthians 8:16 “Thanks be to God, who put into the heart of Titus the same earnest care I have for you.” (XVII) For causing us to be born again so that we receive the Scriptures not as the words of men but as the Word of God (1 Thessalonians 2:13). 1 Thessalonians 2:13 “And we also thank God constantly for this, that when you received the word of God, which you heard from us, you accepted it not as the word of men but as what it really is, the word of God, which is at work in you believers.” (XVIII) For using our sufferings to sanctify us (Psalm 119:67). Psalm 119:67 “Before I was afflicted I went astray, but now I keep your word.” “When God's spiritual plants are cut and bleed, they drop thankfulness; the saints' tears cannot drown their praises” (Thomas Watson, The Godly Man’s Picture). (XIX) For making it so that our afflictions are much less than we deserve (Psalm 103:10). Psalm 103:10 “He does not deal with us according to our sins, nor repay us according to our iniquities.” (XX) For giving Christ Jesus as our eternal Prophet, Priest, and King (2 Corinthians 9:15). 2 Corinthians 9:15 “Thanks be to God for his inexpressible gift!” (XXI) For the reign of Christ that has begun and will continue until he has put all his enemies under his feet (Revelation 11:17). Revelation 11:17 “We give thanks to you, Lord God Almighty, who is and who was, for you have taken your great power and begun to reign.” II. USE THIS TRUTH FOR WARNING, IF YOU ARE OUTSIDE OF CHRIST I) If you will not trust Christ and give thanks to God, but you forget him, you will be torn in pieces with none to save you (Psalm 50:22) Psalm 50:22 “Mark this, then, you who forget God, lest I tear you apart, and there be none to deliver!” III. USE THIS TRUTH FOR EXAMINATION, TO SEE IF YOU ARE IN CHRIST I) Are you thankful to God? If so, for what? If not, why not? (Philippians 4:6) Philippians 4:6 “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.” “There [are] three usual causes of ingratitude upon a benefit received: envy, pride, covetousness; envy, looking more at others’ benefits than our own; pride, looking more at ourselves than the benefit; covetousness, looking more at what we would have than what we have” (Joseph Hall, Meditations and Vows). II) What do you thank God for, if you do at all? (Luke 18:11) Luke 18:11 “The Pharisee, standing by himself, prayed thus: ‘God, I thank you that I am not like other men, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even like this tax collector.” III) You may give thanks to God when it is easy, but will you give thanks when it is costly? (Daniel 6:10) Daniel 6:10 “When Daniel knew that the document had been signed, he went to his house where he had windows in his upper chamber open toward Jerusalem. He got down on his knees three times a day and prayed and gave thanks before his God, as he had done previously.” IV. USE THIS TRUTH FOR EXHORTATION, IF YOU ARE IN CHRIST I) You and I need to offer to God a sacrifice of thanksgiving so we can glorify him and enjoy him (Psalm 50:14, 23). Psalm 50:14, 23 “14 Offer to God a sacrifice of thanksgiving. . . 23 The one who offers thanksgiving as his sacrifice glorifies me; to one who orders his way rightly I will show the salvation of God!” II) You and I need to give God thanks as we march into battle with the world, the flesh, and the devil (2 Chronicles 20:21). 2 Chronicles 20:21 “And when [Jehoshaphat] had taken counsel with the people, he appointed those who were to sing to the Lord and praise him in holy attire, as they went before the army, and say, “Give thanks to the Lord, for his steadfast love endures forever.” III) You and I need to give thanks to God in and for everything (Colossians 3:17; 1 Thessalonians 5:18). Colossians 3:17 “Whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.” 1 Thessalonians 5:18 “Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” You and I must give thanks to God for our crosses and losses, for our comforts and prospering. Matthew Henry wrote, “It is not enough for us to offer praise, but we must withal order our conversation aright. Thanksgiving is good, but thanks-living is better.” V. USE THIS TRUTH FOR COMFORT, IF YOU ARE IN CHRIST I) What is chiefly required of you, if you are in covenant with God by Christ’s sacrifice, is to thank God for his saving grace (Isaiah 12:1). Isaiah 12:1 “You will say in that day: “I will give thanks to you, O Lord, for though you were angry with me, your anger turned away, that you might comfort me.” II) If you truly belong to Jesus, God will comfort you in affliction; he give you joy in his salvation; and you will thank him for all eternity (Isaiah 51:3). Isaiah 51:3 “For the Lord comforts Zion;     he comforts all her waste places and makes her wilderness like Eden,     her desert like the garden of the Lord; joy and gladness will be found in her,     thanksgiving and the voice of song.”