Prepare for Sunday morning worship by using the guide below.
With my voice I cry out to the Lord;
with my voice I plead for mercy to the Lord.
2 I pour out my complaint before him;
I tell my trouble before him.
3 When my spirit faints within me,
you know my way!
In the path where I walk
they have hidden a trap for me.
4 Look to the right and see:
there is none who takes notice of me;
no refuge remains to me;
no one cares for my soul.
5 I cry to you, O Lord;
I say, “You are my refuge,
my portion in the land of the living.”
6 Attend to my cry,
for I am brought very low!
Deliver me from my persecutors,
for they are too strong for me!
7 Bring me out of prison,
that I may give thanks to your name!
The righteous will surround me,
for you will deal bountifully with me.
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Watch the Sermon
Summary: Leading to Easter, we will look at a few psalms to prepare us for this great day when Jesus, by his resurrection, brought forgiveness and a promised new life to all who come to him by faith. Easter was the first fruits of what is to come in fullness. How do we wait in this world before the consummation of all things? We lament over the struggles in this world, we confess our sins as we are part of this world, and we will live in trust that God is working all things for good.
This week, we will look at a psalm of lament, Psalm 142. A lament is a type of psalm that is expressive of grief and sorrow over the troubles of this life, but it is more than venting. A lament cries out to God in complaint of the troubles, calls to God to be rescued from troubles and then celebrates God for his mercy and salvation. Over the following weeks we will look at a psalm of confession (Psalm 32) and then a psalm of trust (62) in preparing our hearts for the celebration of Easter.
Review and Apply
What is the first place (person or thing) you turn when troubled and filled with sorrow?
Can you share with your group a current struggle or trial you are facing that is leaving you lonely, leaning toward despair or threatened?
What does it mean to say, "You are my refuge, my portion in the land of the living?"
How can God be this for you?
How does the psalmist turn from despair to delight?