November 6: Where Does Your Hope Rest? (Psalm 146)
Prepare for Sunday morning worship using the guide below.
This Sunday we will continue a series on personal evangelism at 9:00am in the youth room. Ray Rutledge will be in the Adult 1 classroom continuing through The Gospel Project (currently going through the Old Testament).
 Praise the LORD!
Praise the LORD, O my soul!
 I will praise the LORD as long as I live;
I will sing praises to my God while I have my being.
 Put not your trust in princes,
in a son of man, in whom there is no salvation.
 When his breath departs, he returns to the earth;
on that very day his plans perish.
 Blessed is he whose help is the God of Jacob,
whose hope is in the LORD his God,
 who made heaven and earth,
the sea, and all that is in them,
who keeps faith forever;
 who executes justice for the oppressed,
who gives food to the hungry.
The LORD sets the prisoners free;
 the LORD opens the eyes of the blind.
The LORD lifts up those who are bowed down;
the LORD loves the righteous.
 The LORD watches over the sojourners;
he upholds the widow and the fatherless,
but the way of the wicked he brings to ruin.
 The LORD will reign forever,
your God, O Zion, to all generations.
Praise the LORD!
Most agree that this election has been one of, if not the nastiest election cycles, in recent history. We have see significant discord, anger and incivility create general despair and loss of hope for change and deliverance. Despair over both candidates has lead to unhelpful rhetoric, elitism, corruption, and has even caused some to forgo their precious right to vote. The number of US citizens who have all but thrown in the towel reveal the disillusionment of our citizens over our political system. While the pundits have their advice on how to respond to these current events, what does the Bible say to these political, financial, economic and global uncertainties? Does it have a voice? Indeed it does. Psalm 146 offers a unique blessedness to people who do not "trust in princes" but instead are people "whose hope is in the Lord their God." The psalmist shows the sheer folly of trusting in humans and institutions to bring true and lasting change and shows the joy and blessedness of looking to God for all things. Read through this passage as the Psalmist not only calls us to give praise to God but furnishes us ample reasons for doing so.
Review and Apply
What do you see as characteristics of worship from verses 1 and 2?
How do you prepare for worship each week at CCC?
In what people or institutions do you, perhaps even unknowingly, place greater hope and security in than God?
What actions evidence that you have an active trust in God in your life?
Explain why you agree/disagree with the phrase, ‘everybody worships something or someone’?
What attributes and actions of God are given to us to cultivate hearts of worship and adoration?
How can we be heavenly focused and yet of earthly good?
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