Letting the Psalms shape your mind and emotions – John Piper – “Thinking and Feeling with God”


At Desiring God:  Psalms:  Songs that Shape the heart and mind

Reading this sermon is also very helpful.

The first contrast is with the two spheres of influence on our souls.  The sphere of the world/culture around us, vs. the sphere of God’s word.

One of the things that struck me was the three kinds of negative influences in this world – wicked people, sinners, and scoffers (mockers, syndical toward life and God and good things) – that Piper showed how our hearts are fascinated with wickedness (the next level of wickedness done by Islamic terrorists draws us toward the news and lingering on that incredible evil; like being fascinated with Nazi horrors or Horror movies or violent video games).  Human nature is fascinated by sinners – by fornicators and adulterers (Hollywood movie stars, etc.) and those that have sex change operations – the news and gossip tabloid magazines and shows draws us to them.  We are fascinated by scoffers – by TV shows like South Park and Family Guy and atheist comedians like Bill Maher in their scoffing and cynical humor, making fun of good things and mocking God.

Psalm 1

Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked,
nor stands in the way of sinners,
nor sits in the seat of scoffers;
but his delight is in the law of the LORD,
and on his law he meditates day and night.
He is like a tree planted by streams of water
that yields its fruit in its season,
and its leaf does not wither.
In all that he does, he prospers.
The wicked are not so,
but are like chaff that the wind drives away.
Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment,
nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous;
for the LORD knows the way of the righteous,
but the way of the wicked will perish.

The Psalms are meant to be meditated upon and shape our thinking and our emotions.


About Ken Temple

I am a follower of Jesus Christ. I am a sinner who has been saved by the grace of God alone (Ephesians 2:8-9), through faith alone (Galatians 2:16; Romans 3:28; 4:1-16), in Christ alone (John 14:6). But a true faith does not stay alone, it should result in change, fruit, good works, and deeper levels of repentance and hatred of my own sins of selfishness and pride. I am not better than you! I still make mistakes and sin, but the Lord is working on me, conforming me to His character. (Romans 8:28-29; 2 Corinthians 3:16-18) When I do sin, I hate the sin as it is an affront to God, and seek His forgiveness in repentance. (Mark 1:15; 2 Corinthians 7:7-10; Colossians 3:5-16 ) Praise God for His love for sinners (Romans 5:8), shown by the voluntary coming of Christ and His freely laying down His life for us (John 10:18), becoming flesh/human (John 1:1-5; 1:14; Philippians 2:5-8), dying for sins of people from all nations, tribes, and cultures (Revelation 5:9), on the cross, in history, rising from the dead (Romans 10:9-10; Matthew 28, Mark 16:1-8; Luke 24; John 20-21; 1 Corinthians chapter 15). His resurrection from the dead proved that Jesus is the Messiah, the eternal Son of God, the word of God from eternity past; and that He was all the gospels say He was and that He is truth and the life and the way to salvation. (John 14:6)
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