JULY 6, 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.
We are continuing our series through the Psalms “Ascribe.”
This week we are looking at Psalm 84 and seeing the renewing and refreshing power of God’s presence.
Our Call to Worship is Psalm 84:5-7.
5 Blessed are those whose strength is in you,
in whose heart are the highways to Zion.
6 As they go through the Valley of Baca
they make it a place of springs;
the early rain also covers it with pools.
7 They go from strength to strength;
each one appears before God in Zion.
What does it mean to have the “highways to Zion” in our hearts? It means that the desires of our hearts are habitually following the desires of the kingdom of God. It means that as we walk through the valleys and mountain tops of life our hearts look forward in anticipation to the goodness of the kingdom of God. But it doesn’t stop at just looking forward to God’s kingdom in the future. Instead, because our hearts have the “highways to Zion” in them, we live out the desires of God making valleys into “a place of springs”. God calls us to worship him in Psalm 84 by growing in desiring what he desires and living as his kingdom citizens in the here and now.
Read Psalm 84 and pray that God would:
1. Grow us in loving only what he loves.
2. Give us a deep experience of his strength and presence.
Here are the songs we are singing this week. We chose these songs because they celebrate the goodness of God and remind us of the joy and peace that comes from his presence.
Here is last week's sermon in case you missed it.