This Sunday we looked at Psalm 5:1-3. It is a psalm that starts with a desperate lament. The text is below as well as commentary from Tim Keller and an exhortation that I wrote myself. We followed this reading with singing It Is Well (Let Go) by Bethel Music.
1Give ear to my words, O Lord;
consider my groaning.
2 Give attention to the sound of my cry,
my King and my God,
for to you do I pray.
3 O Lord, in the morning you hear my voice;
in the morning I prepare a sacrifice for you[a] and watch.
From Tim Keller
Many of the psalms begin with desperate “laments” – cries for help from deep within. This is uncensored prayer, straight from the heart. Even when we have no words to express our anguish, we can lay our requests before God. He expects us to come to him for refuge from our grief, fear, and pain and not to dull those emotions with amusements and distractions that promise, but can never deliver, blessing. We are to have confidence that he is the God who told Moses that he would faithfully commit himself in love to us, in grace, despite our sins and flaws (Exodus 6:7).
Exhortation for our church
I urge you brothers and sisters to surrender to the God that has faithfully committed to you this morning. Surrender to his grace. He is pursuing you. When you can’t see him or you don’t know what is happening, learn to say “It Is Well”. Don’t, as Keller said, “dull [your] emotions with amusements and distractions” they do not deliver, but our God does.