Who can I turn to? (Part 5)


Have you picked up this series of posts from Part 1 of Who can I turn to when things come crashing down around me? If not you might appreciate the context.

I love God’s Word and I wish to faithfully preach it. Nothing has aided me more in that process than reading it, praying it and living it. However to ensure that I’m as faithful to God’s intent during my preparation for a sermon, before I turn to a commentary or any other tool, I diagram the text in question.

Over the last few posts I’ve jotted my ideas on Psalms 121. In truth I didn’t spend too long on this “sermon” as it was intended as an assignment rather than a sermon for Crystal Park Baptist Church. I got to start the preparation at 18:00 on a Sunday night after services and evangelism and fathering and husbanding [sic] and finished at about 24:00. Below is the diagram I put together for the work. It took about an hour to do (I usually spend 4 hours diagramming and include language study in the process).

Psalm 121, Outline, Sermon

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Below is the handout that the congregation would receive for keeping track and note taking. The idea is that the sermon that is preached follows the same structure as the text which is used. God’s intent is explained to the people.

Psalm 121, Handout, Sermon

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Why did I use the KJV? No particular reason other than I like the way that the thees and the thous roll off the tongue when reading poetic books like Psalms.

1 I lift up my eyes to the hills—
where does my help come from?
2 My help comes from the LORD,
the Maker of heaven and earth.

3 He will not let your foot slip—
he who watches over you will not slumber;
4 indeed, he who watches over Israel
will neither slumber nor sleep.

5 The LORD watches over you—
the LORD is your shade at your right hand;
6 the sun will not harm you by day,
nor the moon by night.

7 The LORD will keep you from all harm—
he will watch over your life;
8 the LORD will watch over your coming and going
both now and forevermore.”

Want to hear the verse in context? Psalm 107 – 121
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2 thoughts on “Who can I turn to? (Part 5)

    • Hey Tommie,

      Microsoft Word. I’ve set up my tables so I can easily put my diagrams together in a consistent way. I don’t know who said it first but “consistency leads to predictability.”

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