Worship Preparation: December 6, 2020

Sunday, December 6, 2020
 
Read the sermon text: Habakkuk
 
Read the sermon summary: In our communities, nation, and the world, sin and injustice seem to run rampant. We might wish that the famous journalism line, “All the news that’s fit to print,” was also applied to television and internet news. It’s no wonder that feel-good stories in the news often go viral. We year for good news. The prophet Habakkuk found himself in a similar situation. Sin and injustice were all around him as an invading army surrounded his country. In his desperation, he wondered why God seemed inactive and called out to God in lament, “Oh Lord, how long…”? God’s answer was that he was, indeed, doing a work of judgment. However, it would be long in coming. Habakkuk would have to wait for the appointed time. We see that the vision God gave to Habakkuk isn’t a short time, but is eschatological in nature, spanning from Habakkuk’s time even to our own. From Habakkuk, we learn that this present life is one of faith-filled waiting for the salvation of God and his anointed. From Habakkuk’s prayer, we also learn that even though God’s people will not face God’s judgment, we will experience the effects of God’s judgment on this sin-filled world. With Habakkuk then, we yearn and wait with faith until his anointed will come and make all things right.
 
Read the following song lyrics in relation to the sermon:
 
It Is Well With My Soul
When peace like a river
Attendeth my way
When sorrows like sea billows roll
Whatever my lot
Thou hast taught me to say
It is well
It is well with my soul
 
Chorus
It is well with my soul
It is well
It is well with my soul
 
Tho' Satan should buffet
Tho' trials should come
Let this blest assurance control
That Christ hath regarded
My helpless estate
And hath shed His own blood
For my soul
 
My sin O the bliss
Of this glorious tho't
My sin not in part but the whole
Is nailed to the cross
And I bear it no more
Praise the Lord
Praise the Lord O my soul
 
And Lord haste the day
When the faith shall be sight
The clouds be rolled back as a scroll
The trump shall resound
And the Lord shall descend
Even so it is well
With my soul
 
CCLI Song # 25376
Horatio Gates Spafford | Philip Paul Bliss
© Words: Public Domain
Music: Public Domain
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CCLI License # 11078052
 
Preaching: Jim Upchurch
Leading Music: Seth Hubler

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