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A Worship Guide for May 17

We hope that you will find this guide helpful as you worship alone or together with others. 

Call to Worship

Psalm 138:1–3
[1] I give you thanks, O LORD, with my whole heart;
before the gods* I sing your praise;
[2] I bow down toward your holy temple
and give thanks to your name for your steadfast love and your faithfulness,
for you have exalted above all things
your name and your word.
[3] On the day I called, you answered me;
my strength of soul you increased.

*It was common to refer to angels as gods.


God, we come to you with wholehearted thanksgiving.


A playlist of all three worship songs: 

Invididual Links to the Songs:
Come Thou Fount
All My Ways
O Great God


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"Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgments and how inscrutable his ways! [34] “For who has known the mind of the Lord, or who has been his counselor?” [35] “Or who has given a gift to him that he might be repaid?” [36] For from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be glory forever." (Rom 11:33-36)
[If you are alone, take a momement of silence to reflect on two or three of God's attributes (eternity, goodness, holiness, sovereignty, graciousness, power, omnipresence, etc.) and praise him for these.]

Father, we were born in a sinful condition. "I was brought forth in iniquity and in sin did my mother conceive me" (Ps 51:5). And in additional to this, we willfully choose to sin over and over again. "I do not do the good I want, but the evil I do not want is what I keep on doing" (Rom 7:19).
[If you are alone, take a moment of silence to reflect on ways you have sinned this week; confess these sins to God.]

But you know our frame, you remember that we are dust, and as far as the east is from the west, so far do you remove our transgressions from us. As a father shows compassion to his children, so you show compassion to those who fear you (Ps 103:11-14). We praise you that you have removed our transgressions from us. You will cast all our sins into the depths of the sea (Mic 7:19).
[If you are alone, take a moment of silence to reflect on how God has shown his kindness to you this week.]

Bring these requests to God along with any others you may have.

Pray for Christ Baptist Church. That the members and leaders of that church would be walking in love and unity, and that they would effectively serve in this community and around the world, reflecting the love of Christ and proclaiming the gospel of Christ.

Pray for the Algerian Arabs living in Egypt, of whom only 0.02% claim to be Christian. That the Lord of the harvest would send laborers into this harvest (Matt 9:38). That the few Christians among the Algerian Arabs in Egypt would be bold and fruitful in telling their own people of Jesus Christ. And that many more would turn from their vain religion to love the one true God through his Son Jesus Christ.

Pray for the International Mission Board. This missions send group face huge financial needs as they have relocated personnel all over the world unexpectedly because of COVID-19. Pray that God would provide for their needs. Pray that these missionaries all over the world would continue to spread the

Pray for Christ Covenant Church. We want to honor the Lord not only in the details of our regathering in the weeks ahead, but also in our attitudes as we gather. Pray that we would be full of love, striving to maintain the unity of the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace (Eph 4:3). Pray that each of us would strengthened with power through his Spirit in our inner being, so that Christ may dwell in our hearts through faith, that we may know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge (Eph 4:14-19)

"Now to him who able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen." (Eph 4:20-21)

Read the Bible

Psalm 139
To the choirmaster. A Psalm of David.

[1] O LORD, you have searched me and known me!
[2] You know when I sit down and when I rise up;
you discern my thoughts from afar.
[3] You search out my path and my lying down
and are acquainted with all my ways.
[4] Even before a word is on my tongue,
behold, O LORD, you know it altogether.
[5] You hem me in, behind and before,
and lay your hand upon me.
[6] Such knowledge is too wonderful for me;
it is high; I cannot attain it.

[7] Where shall I go from your Spirit?
Or where shall I flee from your presence?
[8] If I ascend to heaven, you are there!
If I make my bed in Sheol, you are there!
[9] If I take the wings of the morning
and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea,
[10] even there your hand shall lead me,
and your right hand shall hold me.
[11] If I say, “Surely the darkness shall cover me,
and the light about me be night,”
[12] even the darkness is not dark to you;
the night is bright as the day,
for darkness is as light with you.

[13] For you formed my inward parts;
you knitted me together in my mother's womb.
[14] I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.
Wonderful are your works;
my soul knows it very well.
[15] My frame was not hidden from you,
when I was being made in secret,
intricately woven in the depths of the earth.
[16] Your eyes saw my unformed substance;
in your book were written, every one of them,
the days that were formed for me,
when as yet there was none of them.

[17] How precious to me are your thoughts, O God!
How vast is the sum of them!
[18] If I would count them, they are more than the sand.
I awake, and I am still with you.

[19] Oh that you would slay the wicked, O God!
O men of blood, depart from me!
[20] They speak against you with malicious intent;
your enemies take your name in vain.
[21] Do I not hate those who hate you, O LORD?
And do I not loathe those who rise up against you?
[22] I hate them with complete hatred;
I count them my enemies.

[23] Search me, O God, and know my heart!
Try me and know my thoughts!
[24] And see if there be any grievous way in me,
and lead me in the way everlasting!

Watch the Sermon

Summary: In this Psalm, David reflects on the fact that he is known by God. God knows David's inner person, his thoughts and even words that have not yet been spoken. God also knows David's circumstances. There's nowhere David can be that God is not with him, leading him and holding him. And God's knowledge of David is eternal. From before the womb to beyond the grave, David's identity resides in the memory of God. These thoughts bring David deep comfort: "Such knowledge is too wonderful for me." "How precious to me are your thoughts, O God!" Some might find God's penetrating knowledge disturbing. But to David it is wonderful. While he is known fully, he is also loved completely. And realizing this brings constant comfort and unshakeable hope.

Review and Apply

What is David's response to the fact that God knows him? What is your own response to the the fact that God knows you?

Do you ever feel like God has abandoned or forgotten you? How do verses 7-12 reshape your thinking about God's presence?

Do you ever dislike something about the way God created you or the way he created another person, whether gender, ethnicity, intelligence, stamina, height, etc? Read verses 13-16 again. How should you think about the way God created you and others?

Why does David include verses 19-22? How do these verses reflect the justice of God? How do these verses reflect the mercy of God?

How does God knowing us shape our identity? Consider David's prayer in verses 23-24?