Praying the Gospel

The book of Psalms is the preeminent place to learn how to deal with your emotions and the conditions of the heart. Psalms, in a certain sense, is God’s counseling case book. Not his counseling textbook, but his case book. Not a place where you have lots of principles laid out, but lots of actual cases of people struggling with all of the many kinds of conditions of the human heart.

Psalm 103 is a general psalm about how to handle life. In it, David gives you the key approach to handle all of life’s circumstances. David is saying, “The main thing I need to do, the main thing you need to do, the main way to handle life is to not forget.” The main problem we have is that we forget what God has done. David is calling for something far deeper than mental recall, and he’s dealing with something far more transforming than just counting your blessings. We’re going to learn here why we need to remember, where we need to remember, what we need to remember, and how we need to remember. This is the key to handling life.

This sermon was preached by Rev. Timothy Keller at Redeemer Presbyterian Church on March 19, 2000. Series "Psalms - The Songs of Jesus". Scripture: Psalm 103:1-22.

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