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The psalms of the Old Testament can be divided into a number of different categories. In this series we are going to look at some of the psalms that have been categorised as wisdom psalms. They truly contain wisdom for life. They address issues like the importance of good friends and what to do when evil people seem to prosper.

Part 1: How to be Happy

by Tom Ward January 13, 2019 6:30pm

Psalm 1

Everybody wants happiness but how do we get it? Psalm 1 points as to two specific ways.

Part 2: Love that Reaches to the Heavens

by Chris Mellor January 20, 2019 6:30pm

Psalm 36

Those who leave God out of their lives face ruin, but those who throw themselves on the love of God are truly blessed. In this psalm David paints an incredible picture of the nature of God’s love.

Part 3: Do Not Fret When Evil Men Succeed

by Eddy Inglis January 27, 2019 6:30pm

Psalm 37

Being a Christian is tough. It is easy to envy the wicked when they succeed in their ways. King David gives four pieces of precious advice: 1) Do not fret, 2) Trust in the Lord and do good, 3) Delight yourself in the Lord and 4) Wait! The future tense features heavily in this psalm because the journey can be a real burden but the destination is sure.

Part 4: There is a Redeemer

by Chick Yuill February 3, 2019 6:30pm

Psalm 49

Psalm 49 is a deep well of wisdom on the brevity of life, the lure of riches, and the frailty of humanity. But above everything else the Psalmist takes us to the One who alone can be our Redeemer.

Part 5: Do Not Envy the Wicked

by Dave King February 10, 2019 6:30pm

Psalm 73

Here in psalm 73 we see three very helpful steps so we do not envy the wicked but choose to stay close to God. In staying close we will see and then speaking out His deeds. These steps are: 1) Choose to keep near to God, 2) Keeping him as our refuge, 3) Telling of all his deeds

Part 6: Righteousness Brings its own Rewards

by Eddy Inglis February 24, 2019 6:30pm

Psalm 112

The first line of this song explodes with her “Hallelujah” because of the assurance that a righteous man can have in the utter trustworthiness of a sovereign God.“Blessed is the man who fears the Lord.”, Or in the words of an old hymn, “ Fear Him you saints and you will then have nothing else to fear.”

Part 7: The Master Builder

by Chick Yuill March 3, 2019 6:30pm

Psalm 127

The opening lines of Psalm 127 are among the best known and most often quoted in the Bible. But what does it mean to allow God to be the builder and to cooperate with him in that work? And how do we do that?

Part 8: The Blessing of Unity

by Matt Pierce March 10, 2019 6:30pm

Psalm 133

In our times of conflict and economic distress, Psalm 133 is like water on parched ground. People who are divided and estranged from one another need God's call to "live together in unity." For them, this Psalm offers hope and the promise of kinship in Christ. And people suffer scarcity in everything from food and housing, to justice and love. The message: God loves us abundantly and holds nothing back. We need to live in unity with God at the centre.