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June 23 - A Light in the Darkness (Psalm 77)

Prepare for Sunday morning worship by using the guide below.

Adult Education

This Sunday Miguel Echevarria will continue teaching a Reading the Gospels class. It will focus on interpreting the writings of the four evangelists in the context of the canon. Attention will be given to the nature of the Gospels, the message of each Gospel, and how this corpus teaches us to read the Scriptures. The class will be held at 10:00 in the Youth Room.

Worship Songs

Come People Of The Risen King
Dear Refuge Of My Weary Soul
He Will Hold Me Fast

We will be learning a new song this week: Lord From Sorrows Deep I Call.

Unreached People Group

In our Sunday gathering this week, we will be praying for the Besemah of Indonesia.

Psalm 77

I cry aloud to God,
    aloud to God, and he will hear me.
In the day of my trouble I seek the Lord;
    in the night my hand is stretched out without wearying;
    my soul refuses to be comforted.
When I remember God, I moan;
    when I meditate, my spirit faints. Selah

You hold my eyelids open;
    I am so troubled that I cannot speak.
I consider the days of old,
    the years long ago.
I said, “Let me remember my song in the night;
    let me meditate in my heart.”
    Then my spirit made a diligent search:
“Will the Lord spurn forever,
    and never again be favorable?
Has his steadfast love forever ceased?
    Are his promises at an end for all time?
Has God forgotten to be gracious?
    Has he in anger shut up his compassion?” Selah

10 Then I said, “I will appeal to this,
    to the years of the right hand of the Most High.”

11 I will remember the deeds of the Lord;
    yes, I will remember your wonders of old.
12 I will ponder all your work,
    and meditate on your mighty deeds.
13 Your way, O God, is holy.
    What god is great like our God?
14 You are the God who works wonders;
    you have made known your might among the peoples.
15 You with your arm redeemed your people,
    the children of Jacob and Joseph. Selah

16 When the waters saw you, O God,
    when the waters saw you, they were afraid;
    indeed, the deep trembled.
17 The clouds poured out water;
    the skies gave forth thunder;
    your arrows flashed on every side.
18 The crash of your thunder was in the whirlwind;
    your lightnings lighted up the world;
    the earth trembled and shook.
19 Your way was through the sea,
    your path through the great waters;
    yet your footprints were unseen.
20 You led your people like a flock
    by the hand of Moses and Aaron.

Summary

In our study of the book of Psalms we are learning the language of worship. The psalms leads us to worship God in all circumstances, not just the time of thankfulness but also the difficult times. All of us will face times that are painful, sad and even frustrating, where we begin to question God. Psalms that are designed to help us worship God even in the midst of challenges are called psalms of lament. Psalms of lament help us express our sorrows and pain, they even instruct us to bring our questions to God over life's circumstances. The key ingredient in lament and its goal is to declare and reset your confidence in God. Over a third of the psalms are lament, indicating the normalcy of suffering in this present life. Please review Psalm 77 in preparation for this Sunday.

Review and Apply

What painful events in your life have shaped your view of God?

What are some of the questions and struggles that come up when you are dealing with pain? What are some of the hard questions you have asked of God in your pain?

How does a psalm of lament lead to trust? Give an example from your life.

When you have been in a crisis, what have you found helpful and unhelpful from others as they have come to minister to you?

What are some good works of God that you can remember in the midst of sorrow and pain that can lead you to trust?

How can the cross be a refuge to which you can run in trouble? How does it lead you to trust in God even in times of darkness?