Psalm 122 presents a journeying pilgrim’s first impressions of magnificent Jerusalem. It is a populated city full of praise, righteousness, and peace. This is an important Psalm as it presents God’s heart for this city and every city.
But that Psalm 122 vision, as Jerusalem stands today, is in ruins. The Temple is no more. There is religious confusion. Rather than peace there is global tension. Our American cities are far worse. Rather than praise there is protest. Rather than justice there is lawlessness. We need revival in our cities.
Watch and read along as we glean critical truths from Psalm 122. This Psalm not only presents us a vision for urban missions, but a hope for every believer who has been grafted into the covenants and promises of God through the Messiah Jesus Christ. Psalm 122 will be the voice of our first impressions as we stand together in the New Jerusalem! This Psalm is also important as it calls us to prayer for Jerusalem and offers a promise for all who will faithfully do so.
Pray for Jerusalem – Psalm 122 #BackPorchPsalms
Posted by Brian Branam on Tuesday, July 3, 2018
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Have you read my book #TheWalk? One question changes everything!
The Grace, Hope, and Love Daily Devotional: 52 weeks of great stories and devotions with Scriptural insight from some of America’s greatest pastors, evangelists, and authors, to help you on your daily walk. I contributed week 50!
In our walk with God there are times in which you can see the difficulty and danger ahead. We need help. Psalm 121 is the question of a traveler facing uncertainty, wondering, will God help? Here is your answer.
He Made The Hill – Psalm 121 #BackPorchPsalms
Posted by Brian Branam on Monday, July 2, 2018
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Psalm 119 is the longest chapter in the Bible and the most complete meditation on the benefits of God’s Word to help us through times of difficulty. So this week on Back Porch Psalms, we spend A Week in the Word – all 4 episodes will be from Psalm 119.
Today’s episode, How to Be a Great Student of the Bible, teaches us approaches and attitudes that are essential to getting what we read in the Bible from our eyes and into our heart.
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How to Be a Great Student of the Bible – Psalm 119:9-16 #BackPorchPsalms
Posted by Brian Branam on Monday, June 11, 2018
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Julia Sweeney, a comedian of Saturday Night Live Fame, points out God’s seemingly, childish, incessant need to be praised. In her TED Talk, Letting Go of God, she says,
I’m living my life as a person who accepts the natural world. The whole idea that there’s a God who cares whether people believe in him or not, like why would God care if people believed in him or not? That was one of the many things that I found so shocking reading the Bible. First of all, how insecure God is. I mean, God is so insecure he needs everyone to say, “You’re the number one, you’re the number one over all the other god’s, you’re the top god.” And like, it’s the most insecure character.
Maybe she’s right. Why bother the world with praising God? Something to consider in today’s episode of Back Porch Psalms.
A Special Invitation – Psalm 117. #BackPorchPsalms
Posted by Brian Branam on Tuesday, June 5, 2018
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Mamoudou Gassama scaled a building and rescued a four year old boy who was dangling from a balcony. In response to his heroic effort, a nation has offered Mamoudou citizenship and the local fire department has offered him a job. And there is no doubt, that there is a little boy who will forever be indebted to his rescuer.
But how do you say thanks to someone who has saved your life?
In Psalm 116 the Psalmist expresses his love and gratitude to the God who has heroically rescued him. For those who have experienced God’s salvation, our natural response should be to serve God, not out of religion or ritual, but out of thanksgiving for the one who has given His Son for us.
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How to Thank Someone Who Saved Your Life – Psalm 116. #BackPorchPsalms
Posted by Brian Branam on Monday, June 4, 2018
One of our favorite Bible verses is 2 Corinthians 5:17 which says, “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.” We love the idea of new, but have you ever thought about how much uncomfortable change is involved in the old passing away?
In Psalm 114 the Psalmist celebrates God’s creation of a new nation, but expresses the question we all ask in the midst of change, what’s happening to me?
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Making You New – Psalm 114. #BackPorchPsalms
Posted by Brian Branam on Wednesday, May 30, 2018
There is nothing more exciting in sports than a comeback, but we don’t just need to see comebacks on the field. We need comebacks in our marriages. We need comebacks in parenting our children. We need financial comebacks. Sometimes we need mental comebacks. Whatever your low point is, Psalm 113 reveals that we have a God who is high above all, but who comes low to help his people at all times and in all situations.
The God of Your Comeback! Psalm 113. #BackPorchPsalms
Posted by Brian Branam on Tuesday, May 29, 2018
Back Porch Psalms Season 4 begins on Facebook Live, Tuesday, May 29 at 7:30 a.m.
Back Porch Psalms is a daily, summer, morning broadcast in which we read a Psalm from the Bible, explain it, seek ways to live it, and use it as a guide for daily prayer. And yes, our setting is the ever-changing, balmy, southern summer, outdoor studio of my back porch :).
If you would like to view any of the 112 episodes from the previous 3 seasons, they are ALL available here! To watch a live broadcast, follow my page on Facebook and indicate that you want to be notified of live broadcasts that originate from the page.
I hope to see you tomorrow morning on Back Porch Psalms!
We live in a big world in which there are a lot of bad things happening. We want to make a difference but feel far too small to be of any significance. One of the Bible’s great difference makers was a woman named Esther. You may be surprised to know that her life and her situation is not much different than our own.
The people who make the most difference are no different than me or you. But they make a decision that makes all the difference.
No Different from Liberty Baptist Church on Vimeo.
Thanks to Steve and the Christian Truckers Network for having me on their radio broadcast on Friday night. I shared “A Whale of a Tale!”
I loved being a part of this as I remember my Uncle Roy who was a long-haul trucker and an avid fisherman – a combination that makes for a great storyteller!
Listen and enjoy.