Theme: Light in the Darkness
Preacher: Rev Phil Swain
Date: 24February, 2020 (preached at the 9am worship service)
Bible Reading: Selected Verses from the Psalms
1. Crying out
Listen to my cry, O God. Listen to my prayer! Psalm 61:1
Why are you hiding from us? Don’t forget our suffering and trouble Psalm 44:24
How long must I endure this pain? How long will sorrow fill my heart day and night? Psalm 13:2
Lord, I cry to you for help Psalm 142:5
Hear my prayer, Lord and listen to my cry. Come to my aid when I weep.
2. Worn out
I am worn out, God. … I am completely exhausted and my whole being is deeply troubled. How long, O Lord, will you wait to help me? … I am worn out with grief; every night my bed is damp from my weeping; my pillow is soaked with tears.
When I think of God, I sigh. When I meditate, I get discouraged … I ask myself, “Has the Lord stopped loving us? Does his promise no longer stand? Has he forgotten to be merciful?” Psalm 77:3-9
Save me O God. The water is up to my neck; I am sinking in deep mud and there is no solid ground. I am out in deep water and the waves are about to drown me.
I am gripped by fear and trembling; I am overcome with horror. I wish I had wings, like a dove. I would fly away and find rest. I would find shelter from the raging winds and the storm. Psalm 55:5-8
Hear me! Save me now! Be my refuge to protect me, my defence to save me.
3. Remembering & Trusting in God
What then can I hope for, Lord? I put my hope in you! Psalm 39:7
The Lord is close to the broken-hearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit
I am ready to give up, I am in deep despair. But I remember the days gone by; I think about all that you God have done, I bring to mind all your deeds. I lift up my hands to you in prayer; like dry ground my soul is thirsty for you. Psalm 143:4-6
I look to the mountains, where will my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the maker of heaven and earth Psalm 121:1-2
When I am afraid, O Lord Almighty, I put my trust in you Psalm 56:3
I will always put my hope in you. I will praise you more and more. I will tell of your goodness and speak of you salvation – even though it is more than I can understand. Psalm 71:14-15
Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love, for I have put my trust in you. Show me the way I should go, for to you I lift up my soul. Psalm 143:8
Even though I go through the deepest darkness, I will not be afraid, Lord, for you are with me. Psalm 23:4
I waited patiently for the Lord’s help; then he listened to me and heard my cry. He pulled me out of the dangerous pit. He set me safely on a rock and made me secure. Psalm 40:1-2
God is our shelter and strength, always ready to help in times of trouble
Trust in God at all time, my people. Tell him all your troubles, for he is our refuge.
May your constant love be with us, Lord, as we put our hope in you Psalm 33:22