Are You Weary?

I had the wonderful privilege to pray last Wednesday as the House of Representatives opened their session. After my prayer, a particular legislator sought me out, thanked me for the prayer, asked me to keep praying, and said: “People are weary.”

That is a great description of many people today. Indeed, people are weary.

That’s what I see in Psalm 120. Think about these lines from verses 5-7.

5 What misery that I have stayed in Meshech,
that I have lived among the tents of Kedar!
6 I have lived too long
with those who hate peace.
7 I am for peace; but when I speak,
they are for war.

The Psalmist is weary. He is weary with life. He is drained. He longs for peace, but cannot find it.

So, what do we do when we are weary? Do we give up? Are we to be like Elijah who after defeating the gods of Baal on Mount Carmel was chased by Jezebel seeking his life? Elijah sat down underneath a tree, begged for God to take his life, and said, “I have had enough, Lord.” Have you ever had enough?

God did not let Elijah get away with that, and I don’t think He is going to let us get away with that.

In Psalm 120:1, we see an amazing, yet simple resolution to the Psalmist’s distress and call. God answered. And He answers today. He answers us in worship. That is why we must make much of worship. There will be times where we feel so far away, but we must worship anyway! He answers us in His Word. Does God speak today? He has spoken in His word. There will be times when we feel so away from God that we will not want to have anything to do with His word. Read anyway!

This post is based on the message “When Life Gets You Down, Look Up!” which you can watch at www.fbclaf.org/video.

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What’s Happening this Week at FBC?

Ascend 720 x 240 webSunday morning we are continuing a new series called, “Ascend.” This series is going to be an expositional study of Psalms 120-134. Each of these Psalms has the heading “Song of Ascents.” We will consider one each Sunday for the weeks of this summer.

Last Sunday, we studied Psalm 120 under the heading, “When Life Gets You Down, Look Up!” Sunday, we will be studying Psalm 121. I encourage you to read that Psalm several times before coming Sunday. We will explore together how Psalm 121 answers a very honest question. In many ways, Psalm 121 continues the issue addressed by Psalm 120. In fact, the way that we will study this Psalm is “What Will We See When We Look Up!”

Let me encourage your faithful church attendance all summer. I realize that everyone will be out some, but let’s be in our places when we are in town.

We are now only one week away from the beginning of Vacation Bible School. We owe a big “thank you” to everyone who has already volunteered. We need everyone to now be fully engaged not only in praying, but also involved in inviting children. All church members can do us a big favor by registering your children in advance.

Finally, Sunday is a 5th Sunday. We have a tradition of receiving a second offering on the 5th Sunday for purposes of benevolence in the community. We will receive this offering as we exit the Sanctuary upon dismissal. Give as generously as you are led.

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Are We Desperate Yet?

In desperation, our response should be to call out to God. The Psalmist declared as recorded in Psalm 120, “In my distress, I called to the Lord.”

It is easier to despair than to call out to God, but we must call out to Him. Times of desperation ought to lead us to calling out to Him. But in order to call, we must trust. We must trust that God is at work.

We join a long line in history of those who have called out to the Lord. In Genesis 4, we see the first mention of this. This is instructive. The beginning of Genesis is the beginning of so many things—creation itself, family, unfortunately sin, and nations. In the middle of this story of beginnings is the story of people calling out to God. The last verse of Genesis 4 reads, “At that time people began to call on the name of the Lord.”

God may very well call us to do more than pray, but we can do nothing before or nothing better than call out to Him.

I know a lot of people that are distressed today. We are concerned about the direction of society. The question is “Are we desperate enough yet to call out to God as our only hope?”

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