Worship Preparation: July 29, 2018

Sunday, July 29, 2018

Read the sermon text: Psalms 42-49

Read the sermon summary: Each of these psalms (if 42 and 43 are seen as one) have in the superscriptions attributions to the “sons of Korah.” Reading these psalms together reveals a progression from lament to prayer, from prayer to hope, and from hope to praise in the Lord alone who redeems us from death. The psalmist wrestles with the fallenness of this world in Psalms 42, 43, and 44. How can we trust in the promises of God when our experience seems to be the opposite of what was promised? But this questioning faith gives way to confident hope as the psalmist remembers God’s promises of a king who would rule over his people. Not only will this king rule with justice and righteousness, he will rule over all the universe! And not only will he rule over this life, he himself has the ability to redeem us from death itself. In these psalms we are confronted with the already and the not yet of the Kingdom of God. The darkness of our sorrows is pierced by the light of hope in God’s Universal Kingdom. But our full experience of God’s Kingdom must wait until the King returns. As you read this passage in preparation for Sunday, consider the following questions: What does it mean that the Kingdom of God has already come, but that it hasn’t fully come? What does it mean for us to wait in faith? In what ways do these psalms speak of Jesus Christ?

Read the following song lyrics in relation to the sermon:

When I Survey The Wondrous Cross (Hamburg)
When I survey the wondrous cross
On which the Prince of glory died
My richest gain I count but loss
And pour contempt on all my pride
Forbid it Lord that I should boast
Save in the death of Christ my God
All the vain things that charm me most
I sacrifice them to His blood
See from His head His hands His feet
Sorrow and love flow mingled down
Did ever such love and sorrow meet
Or thorns compose so rich a crown
Were the whole realm of nature mine
That were a present (an offering) far too small
Love so amazing so divine
Demands my soul my life my all

CCLI Song # 2789
Isaac Watts | Lowell Mason
© Words: Public Domain
Music: Public Domain
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Preaching: Jim Upchurch
Music Leader: Steve Vaughn

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