JUNE 8, 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 series through the Psalms “Ascribe.”
This week we are looking at Psalm 46 and seeing how God is our refuge and fortress sovereignly ruling the world.
Our Call to Worship is Psalm 46:8-11:
Come, behold the works of the Lord,
how he has brought desolations on the earth.
He makes wars cease to the end of the earth;
he breaks the bow and shatters the spear;
he burns the chariots with fire.
“Be still, and know that I am God.
I will be exalted among the nations,
I will be exalted in the earth!”
The Lord of hosts is with us;
the God of Jacob is our fortress.
Our lives and world are filled with conflict. We should desire peace, and our hearts break over the bombings, attacks, divorces, and gossip that we witness. Social media, the news, and self-help writers propose all sorts of solutions to our conflicts. But Psalm 46 calls us to worship God by remembering that he is the one who brings peace and restoration. He alone has the power to overcome the evil of this world. We demonstrate our trust in his power by being still and knowing that he alone is God. We can rest, grieve, and follow Christ in reconciliation when we are still before him trusting in his power to make all things new.
Read Psalm 46:8-11 and pray that God would:
1. Help us be still before him as we trust his power and character.
2. Return and bring an end to war and conflict.
Here are the songs we are singing this week. We chose these songs because they draw our hearts to the greatness and power of God and help us still our hearts before him. We’re singing our new song Behold (Psalm 24) again this week. Check it out here:
Here is last week's sermon in case you missed it.