Below is a brief review of our meeting on Sunday, followed by a few discussion questions for Community Group or personal study this week, as well as projection from the message.
Josh opened our time together with announcements and a call to worship.
We sang Jesus Shall Reign, Worthy is the Lamb, and Kevin Khoffie led us in a responsive antiphonal confession.
We sang Nothing but the Blood and Be Still My Soul.
Morgan Swank shared a powerful testimony about her time in Bolivia and how God has been teaching her to lament the injustices of this world.
After Morgan’s testimony, Charlene Morgan read Psalm 94 – the text for this week’s message, “Waiting for Justice”. Matthew preached the message as part of our current Songs of Lament series. To listen to the message again, visit our Audio Resources page.
After the message we sang Glorious and Mighty and Jodi Dingwell shared a word from the LORD at the prophecy mic.
Josh closed our time with a benediction.
1. What is the “moral arc of the universe”? How do we know that it bends toward justice?
2. The LORD’s knowledge of man is perfect. How do the descriptions of the eye and the ear in this passage affirm this? What other illustrations of God’s powerful, creative, nature come to your mind? In what ways is this immensely comforting to us as believers?
3. How does the LORD match the intensity of our cares with His consolation to the point where one’s net outcome is joy? Have you ever experienced this?
4. What is the blessing that still comes in injustice? What is the LORD’s discipline? How is such discipline a blessing?
5. What should our immediate response be when we commit and encounter sin?
Projection from the message:
Those of us who call the name of Jesus Christ find something at the center of our faith which forever reminds us that God is on the side of truth and justice. Good Friday may occupy the throne for a day, but ultimately it gives way to the triumph of Easter. Evil may so shape events that Caesar will occupy a palace and Christ a cross, but that same Christ arose and split history into A.D. and B.C., so that even the life of Caesar must be dated by his name. Yes, the ‘arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice.’ There is something in the universe which justifies William Cullen Bryant in saying, ‘Truth crushed to earth will rise again.’ – Martin Luther King, Jr.
In the face of grave injustice, take refuge in the God of justice, for his righteous judgments will prevail.
1) Confess the supremacy of his justice.
“Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave it to the wrath of God, for it is written, ‘Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.'” – Romans 12:19
2) Lament the violation of his justice
3) Submit to the revelation of his justice
“Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.” – James 1:2.4
4) Cling to the consolations of his justice
A) The Lord’s knowledge of man is perfect
“And God heard their groaning, and God remembered his covenant with Abraham, with Isaac, and with Jacob. God saw the people of Israel—and God knew.” – Exodus 2:24-25
B) The Lord’s love for his people is unwavering
“If we could find friends elsewhere, it may be our God would not be so dear to us; but when, after calling upon heaven and earth to help, we meet with no succor but such as comes from the eternal arm, we are led to prize our God, and rest upon him with undivided trust. Never is the soul safer or more at rest than when, all other helpers failing, she leans upon the Lord alone.” – Charles Spurgeon
C) The Lord’s judgment of the wicked is guaranteed
“The kingdom of evil cannot co-exist with the kingdom of God – it must come to an end.” – Allen Ross
“But do not overlook this one fact, beloved, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance.” – 2 Peter 3:8-9