June 25, 2017
This Sunday we’ll be in Psalm 69 as we continue Christ in the Psalms, our annual summer series. Here’s how you can prepare for service:
1. Read through our text, Psalm 69.
Sometimes in life, it feels like we’re treading water and it starts to rain. In David’s case, the answer to this problem was prayer.
As you read, consider asking yourself the following three questions:
- How does this Psalm help me pray?
- How does this Psalm help me feel?
- How does this Psalm help me see Jesus?
2. Read, pray and sing through the service:
CALL TO WORSHIP: Psalm 34:1–6
CONFESSION OF SIN: Adapted from Prone to Wander by Barbara R. Duguid and Wayne Duguid Houk.
O God, our Savior, We come before you today as foolish sheep who find it our natural inclination to wander far from you. You have set your love upon us, chosen us, and saved us, but we find it hard to trust you and prefer to turn to our own wisdom and understanding. You lead us in green pastures for your own name’s sake, but we reject the feast that you lay before us and try frantically to fill ourselves up with things that cannot satisfy. Father, we stray from you every day and turn to our own ways; forgive us for our many sins.
Jesus, you are our sacrificial lamb. You never strayed from the path of obedience to your Father, even when that path led you to a brutal cross and the mockery of those who should have worshiped and adored you. Jesus, you are the Great Shepherd, who laid down your life for your beloved, silly sheep, and you are the tender shepherd who gathers us in your arms and carries us. You were torn for all our sinful and rebellious wandering, and through your wounds we find healing and peace. Thank you.
Holy Spirit, help us to see where the path of blessing lies, and give us hearts that are eager to travel that path. While we live in a fallen world with sinful hearts, we will always be prone to wander. Thank you for holding fast to us, for we cannot hold onto you. Give us strong appetites for spiritual food: the Word of God and the body and blood of our precious Savior. Grant us unshakable confidence in the death and life of Jesus, until his wounds cleanse our guilt and give us great joy. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.