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Creed or Chaos’s Phil on Psalm 73

27 November, 2008

Phil tears it up (in a good way!). Listen by clicking HERE, or on the Featured Audio widget to the right.

PhilAndAlisiaTruly God is good to Israel,
to those who are pure in heart.
But as for me, my feet had almost stumbled,
my steps had nearly slipped.
For I was envious of the arrogant
when I saw the prosperity of the wicked…

But when I thought how to understand this,
it seemed to me a wearisome task,
until I went into the sanctuary of God;
then I discerned their end…

But for me it is good to be near God;
I have made the Lord God my refuge,
that I may tell of all your works.

Psalm 73:1-3, 16-17, 28

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7 Comments
  1. 2 December, 2008 5:38 am

    Thank you, Phil, for your sermon on Psalm 73. It is good to be reminded that “Truly God is good to Israel, to those who are pure in heart” despite appearances to the contrary. As you conclude in one of your points, we should endure patiently. In my latest post at my website above, I specifically deal with our current financial crisis and make conclusions as to what our response should be.

    In the limits of a format of a comment, I would only emphasize herein as I did in my latest post that in our endurance or our wait or our faith, whatever you want to call it, there should be an eagerness and expectation in our wait as stated in Romans 8:25. Similarly, Hebrew 11:6 states: “And without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of those who seek Him.” We expect more in our faith. We look for that reward. The rewards not only include the future redemption, but blessings here on earth including deliverance from difficult financial times. We believe that God will answer our prayer and grant us prosperity, but not immediately nor automatically, there is that time for endurance, wait, or faith, as stated more in my post and throughout Scripture. In conclusion and a good summary, Psalm 112 builds on that Psalm 73 Scripture that God is good to the righteous and puts it all together for us. These Scriptures cause our hearts to be steadfast, trusting in the LORD. Thank you again!

  2. 2 December, 2008 7:38 pm

    Thank you sir! Good to hear from you again Bill. My family and I have been gypsies going from one place to another during this administration’s economy. So we haven’t been on-line a lot. But the traveling from here to there has introduced to new members of Christ’s body. We’ve been blessed during our particular trials with good fellowship and good preaching and new life long friends.
    Hope you and yours are well and eating tons for the holidays.
    p

  3. 4 December, 2008 6:22 am

    Dear Father in Heaven: Please guide, bless, and protect Phil and his family (as I pray every night for my family)! In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.

    If you are ever in St. Petersburg, Florida area, you and your family are welcome to stay at my home with my family (me, my wife, our two twenty-something-old sons, and an adorable German Short-Haired Pointer dog name Sam whom you all will definitely like) for a couple of nights, and if on Sunday, attend with us my Grace Presbyterian PCA Church.

    As a final note, I will be going with 7 other male friends (all of whom graduated with me in 1971 from Western Michigan Christian High School) to Grand Canyon for a few days in January 2009 to hike down from the South Rim to Phantom Ranch at the bottom, hike around the bottom, and then hike back up and out. This will be our third trip. Although it is a physical challenge and a beautiful adventure, the best part is talking about our lives which will get me back to Psalm 73:1 about our LORD being good to Israel. Whether we still yield fruit in our old age is for our LORD to judge, but we are full of sap and very green 🙂 , and we do “declare that the LORD is upright; He is my (our)rock, and there is no unrighteousness in Him.”
    Psalm 92:14-15.

  4. 4 December, 2008 8:47 pm

    Thanks for the invite Bill. That may be a possibility. Who knows where the Lord will take the Sipes. Wow, the Grand Canyon sounds fun. We have been meaning to visit there but we’re always too much in a hurry to stop and smell the roses…but one day…
    Sounds like a great reunion too.
    Thanks for praying for us. We can always use more. I’ll include you in our nightly prayers too.
    Blessings to you and the family brother.
    p

  5. 22 December, 2008 3:50 pm

    Phil,
    Wow. Super encouraging sermon. God in His providence did’nt waste a dime on your seminary education. Three cheers for westminster west!!! We miss you and think about and reference you frequently. Andrew sat down When I was listening and I asked him “who do you think this is?” and he said someone else first and I said “no” and he thought and said no wait,..”PHIL!” and I said “DEE!” He was excited to hear you. Heather and I were excited to hear such encouraging and nourishing preaching. If you and your family are ever this way (we live in Aptos now) we have been blessed with ample guest accomodations and would be thrilled to have you guys here. Why we decided to read creed or chaos all of the sudden is unknown. Great blog.sorry its been so long. Bye.

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    22 December, 2008 4:02 pm

    good to hear from u guys too. well, alisia is pretty pregnant and healthy. we keep getting compliments on iz’s behavior in church week after week (which is funny cuz she’s blowing it at the moment). i’m working hard in construction but working with the two churches i interned with in Missouri. The consistory (elders) here rock. They gave me a lot of confidence last summer during my training. surprisingly i feel really at home here in the midwest. people here are sooooo mellow. right away one of my new bosses listened to my rap for a minute….or longer…much longer…and then said “yall aint from these parts are you?”………uh…no.
    i talk about andrew often. he’s a smart one. iz is really quick also. we’re trying to find a consistent learning program for her. we’re just now starting to really become family so one thing at a time. she knows a lot of chatechism already. ridiculous memory.
    we may visit some day but not for a while.
    funny u should mention aptos. guess who i’m listening to? jordan’s band ‘brother down.’
    yeah, i wouldn’t trade my WSC education for anything. such a blessing. i can’t tell you how many graduates have told me that they would do the whole program over again if they had the opportunity.
    I love that place.

  7. 26 December, 2008 11:25 pm

    Phil,

    Hi from Casey! Are you still at the Jones’ or in Escondido? I’ll be there Jan. 5 through Jan. 13; it’d be great to see you if you’re around.

    Casey

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