Sacrifice of Praise | Upward Bound #15

Daniel Bush Sermons, Upward Bound

Sacrifice of Praise Psalm 134 Today we end our journey through the Songs of Ascent with Psalm 134. It’s a psalm that deals with happens at the final destination: worship. Worship is the glorification and enjoyment of God. As I read the psalm, see if you notice both glorification and enjoyment coming through. Psalm 134, ESV Come, bless the LORD, all you servants of the LORD, who stand …

The Power of Unity | Upward Bound #14

Daniel Bush Sermons, Upward Bound

The Power of Unity Psalm 133 There’s a lighthouse located in one of the foggiest areas on the Pacific Coast—Point Reyes, California. The Point Reyes Lighthouse was built in 1870 on the edge of a rocky cliff surrounded by murk and great crashing waves. It has inspired many artists to run and get their equipment and capture it in paint …

Everything You Need | Upward Bound #13

Daniel Bush Sermons, Upward Bound

Everything You Need Psalm 132 I’ve told you before that the Songs of Ascent are broken into mini-groups of three. Each of those groups repeated a sequence, a journey, in which the first psalm in the group addressed a condition that gets us to start the journey, then the middle psalm addressed what it was like to be on the …

Resting in God’s Embrace | Upward Bound #12

Daniel Bush Sermons, Upward Bound

Resting in God’s Embrace Psalm 131 We’ve been journeying through the Songs of Ascent, which lead us from where we are to where God is. The journey has noted two ways in which we travel: (1) Physically through external difficulties to arrive at the Father’s house with the Father’s people; and (2) Psychologically through internal difficulties to arrive at the …

Your God Is Too Small | Upward Bound #11

Daniel Bush Sermons, Upward Bound

Your God Is Too Small Psalm 130 A few years ago J.K. Rowling, author of the best selling Harry Potter novels, delivered an amazing commencement speech at Harvard University. It is she described how seven years after graduating university her marriage had broken down and she found herself an unemployed, single parent living in poverty. She was, in her mind, …

Trusting in Trials | Upward Bound #10

Daniel Bush Sermons, Upward Bound

EASTER MESSAGE Trusting in Trials Psalm 129 Many years ago I went to college and lived in the dormitory, and decorated my walls with posters. There wasn’t anything risqué hanging up, although I did have a nice picture of an F-15 Eagle. I was a serious Christian; my roommate was too. So, we decorated the walls with Bible verses. Folks …

Reorient Your Map | Upward Bound #9

Daniel Bush Sermons, Upward Bound

Reorient Your Map Psalm 128 So, we have this thing today called the Global Positioning System (GPS). Have you ever thought of what would happen if the satellites that make your GPS work suddenly fell out of orbit and burned up in the earth’s atmosphere? Would you be able to grab a map, read it, and get from A to …

That’s Life | Upward Bound #8

Daniel Bush Sermons, Upward Bound

That’s Life Psalm 127 The psalm we’re going to look at today speaks to us on multiple levels. Like the Great American Tower in Cincinnati there is the level that is above ground. It’s big and beautiful and hard to miss. But there’s also the level below ground that supports all of that beauty. It’s easy to miss that foundation …

Where’s the Harvest? | Upward Bound #7

Daniel Bush Sermons, Upward Bound

Where’s the Harvest? Psalm 126 This week we’ve reached the seventh Song of Ascent and arrived at the middle of our series. In the past, we’ve seen that what pushes us to leave where we are, where everything is convenient, familiar, comfortable, and routine, to make the long hard journey has been an external factor. This week we move inside …

Longing for the Whole Bowl | Upward Bound #6

Daniel Bush Sermons, Upward Bound

Longing for the Whole Bowl Psalm 125 I’d like you to recall a particularly good Christmas when you were a child. Bring up the images in your mind. Think about the lead up to that Christmas when lights and decorations were brought out and put up. When the tree was decorated—maybe you helped. When the town in which you lived …