Below is a brief review of our meeting on Sunday, followed by projection from the message, and a few discussion questions for Community Group or personal study this week.
Matthew prayed and Bev Lewanowicz read Psalm 6 – the text for the day’s message “Sustained by God’s Steadfast Love” from the new Songs of Lament sermon series. Josh preached the message and it can be heard again by visiting our Audio Resources Page.
After his sermon, Josh led us in a time of private prayer.
We sang O the Deep Deep Love of Jesus and Josh closed our time with a benediction.
Projection from the message:
“When I really enjoy God, I feel my desires of Him the more insatiable, and my thirstings after holiness the more unquenchable … Oh for holiness! Oh, for more of God in my soul! Oh, this pleasing pain; It makes my soul press after God … Oh that I might never loiter on my heavenly journey!” – David Brainard
Main points of Psalm 5:
- Humble Approach (v. 1-3)
- Faithful Lament (v. 6-7)
- Courageous Petition (v. 4-5)
- Comforting Trust (v. 8-10)
“With my voice I cry out to the Lord; with my voice I plead for mercy to the Lord. I pour out my complaint before him; I tell my trouble before him.” – Psalm 142:1-2
“And the four living creatures, each of them with six wings, are full of eyes all around and within, and day and night they never cease to say, ‘Holy, holy, holy, is the Lord God Almighty, who was and is and is to come!’ And whenever the living creatures give glory and honor and thanks to him who is seated on the throne, who lives forever and ever, the twenty-four elders fall down before him who is seated on the throne and worship him who lives forever and ever. They cast their crowns before the throne, saying, ‘ Worthy are you, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will they existed and were created.'” – Revelation 4:8-11
“The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases his mercies never come to an end…” – Lamentations 3:22
For Private prayer:
“though” and “yet” prayers-Use Habakkuk 3:17 as a guide
- Humble Approach – Come before God with a humble heart
- Faithful Lament – Pour out your faithful laments to Him
- Courageous Petition – Ask His help (petition) to sustain you and deliver you – “for the sake of His Steadfast Love”
- Comforting Trust – Ask God to hear your prayers and to comfort your heart; then declare your trust in Him
1. What is the difference between grumbling and lamenting?
2. Why are we never justified in being flippantly angry with God? What should we do if we struggle with being angry with the Lord?
3. Is it possible to lament with humility, reverence, and worship? If so, what does this look like in the life of a spouse? In a parent? In a single person?
4. Speaking for yourself, when you suffer, are you willing to be comforted only when you get what you want? Or, is it true that, “when the harvest time is over and you still see no fruit”, you still find peace in coming before the Lord?
5. What would you say is currently the most needed area of growth in your life when it comes to lamenting?