MARCH 16, 2017
"Getting Ready for Sunday" is a resource we provide to help the church look ahead to the upcoming Sunday. We want to prepare well for gathering together by reading God’s word, praying, and singing.
This week we are continuing our sermon series 1st and 2nd Samuel: A Man After God’s Heart. Check out the sermon series bumper here:
This week we are looking at 2 Samuel 15 and see that Absalom's revolt against David reveals the horrifying monster of ambition in our lives when we live for our kingdom rather than Christ's kingdom.
Our Call to Worship is Psalm 33:16-22:
The king is not saved by his great army;
a warrior is not delivered by his great strength.
The war horse is a false hope for salvation,
and by its great might it cannot rescue.
Behold, the eye of the Lord is on those who fear him,
on those who hope in his steadfast love,
that he may deliver their soul from death
and keep them alive in famine.
Our soul waits for the Lord;
he is our help and our shield.
For our heart is glad in him,
because we trust in his holy name.
Let your steadfast love, O Lord, be upon us,
even as we hope in you.
God calls us to worship him by seeing him as the only one worthy of our trust. Power, money, politics, and influence call for our trust and our hearts often answer. God reorients our hearts to see the world correctly in this psalm. God shows us that he alone is the one who protects us, he alone guides and governs the world. Our hearts respond to the truth of God’s power and care with worshipful trust, waiting patiently on the Lord.
Read Psalm 33:16-22 and pray that God would:
Teach us to place our trust in him alone.
Give us quiet and still hearts before the Lord.
Here are the songs we are singing this week. We chose these songs because they express our trust in Christ and the joy and purpose that comes from following him.
Here is last week's sermon in case you missed it.