Lord’s Day 11/22 Hard Worship

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Life is hard. Worshiping God can be harder. At times life seems to get in the way of God. Actually, it is our sinfulness that is in the way. The problem only gets bigger because without God there is no way for us. Thankfully, Jesus Christ has done for us in the Gospel what we cannot do for ourselves. How ever hard life seems there is always rest and forgiveness through faith in Jesus. Life’s trials should not cause us to abandon worshiping God. We should seek Him more fervently in hard times!

When we are in pain and difficulty, we are tempted to skip personal devotions and corporate worship. We allow ourselves to miss small group meetings and to ignore ministry opportunities. In subtle and not so subtle ways, joyful worship is replaced by doubt, anger, fear, discouragement, envy, bitterness, and cynicism. But when you peek into the cave of Psalm 4, you don’t find David wallowing in a pool of complaints. You find him worshiping God!  – Lane, Timothy S., and Paul David Tripp. How People Change. 2nd. Greensboro: New Growth Press, 2008. 186.

Be encouraged from God’s word.

Psalm 4 [ESV]

Answer me when I call, O God of my righteousness!
You have given me relief when I was in distress.
Be gracious to me and hear my prayer!

O men, how long shall my honor be turned into shame?
How long will you love vain words and seek after lies?
Selah

But know that the LORD has set apart the godly for himself;
the LORD hears when I call to him.

Be angry, and do not sin;
ponder in your own hearts on your beds, and be silent.
Selah

Offer right sacrifices,
and put your trust in the LORD.

There are many who say, “Who will show us some good?
Lift up the light of your face upon us, O LORD!”
You have put more joy in my heart
than they have when their grain and wine abound.

In peace I will both lie down and sleep;
for you alone, O LORD, make me dwell in safety.

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