Who God Blesses

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This prayer from Pastor Scotty Smith really frames well the themes we are are seeing in our Psalms sermon series. Whether it’s “God Will Not Abandon You” (Psalm 16), “Counting Your Days” (Psalm 39), “Thirsting For God” (Psalm 143) or “Who God Blesses” (Psalm 24), we cannot overlook God’s commitment to love us and love us well. Let this prayer bless you as it sinks in and may it become your prayer this week as you prepare for giving thanks.

Having loved his own who were in the world, he now showed them the full extent of his love. John 13:1 NIV

“Lord Jesus, when you stripped and stooped to wash the apostles’ feet, you opened the curtains on the kind of Savior you really are. It wasn’t primarily dirty feet, but sinful hearts you came to wash, yet you do care about every aspect of our lives. There’s not one arena of lives, or chapter in our stories, that’s beyond your interest and engagement. Whatever and wherever, you remain committed to show us the full extent of your love.

When our hearts break with sadness and loss, you come close with compassion and kindness. When we are prone to wander, you are even more prone to pursue us and find us. When we are vexed and angry, you enter our confusion and welcome our passion.

When sin crouches at our doors and temptation rages, you remind us you own the whole house and provide a way of escape. When we fail, you don’t cross your arms with disgust; you show us your cross with joy.

When we are weary and heavy laden, you don’t tell us to buck up and be strong; you bid us come and find rest. When we are indifferent towards you, you remain impassioned towards us. Every care we cast in your direction, you catch. Every burden we offload on you, you shoulder under with gladness.

Though we have no plans to try, we’ll never out sin your grace, out run your reach, or outlast your patience. When you convict us, it’s for our freedom and joy. When you discipline us, you do so with mercy and love, not contempt and shame.

Jesus, you aren’t ashamed to call us yours. Thank you. You love us with the delight of a Bridegroom. Thank you. You’re working in all things for our good. Thank you. You’re coming back, and all will be right. Thank you. So very Amen we pray, in your magnificent and merciful name.”

Worship Set for This Weekend:
*CR9:     
Beautiful Scandalous Night  (Sojourn Music)
The Lion and The Lamb   (Leeland)
O, This God   (Matt Redman)
Great Are You Lord   (All Sons & Daughters)                      

*North Main:
How Great You Are (Sovereign Grace Worship)

Day By Day   (Citizens)
King of My Heart   (Sarah McMillan)
O Come To The Altar  (Elevation Worship)
Jesus, Thank You  (Sovereign Grace Worship)