Joel Owen will preach the morning message this Lord’s Day from Psalm 34. He will use the testimony of David in this psalm to help us develop a “theology of trials.”
The hymns selected for the service help encourage us to rest secure in the character and promises of God.
PREPARATION FOR WORSHIP
Call to Worship: Romans 8:28
Hymn 23 Immortal, Invisible, God Only Wise
Note: Paul said, “To the King of the ages, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory forever and ever” (1 Timothy 1:17). This hymn employs Paul’s words to exalt the transcendent God who has made himself known to us. The ways of our God are often a mystery to us, but we know that he is all-wise. Therefore, we trust him fully in every trial life brings.
Worship through Giving
Scripture Reading Romans 8:31-39
Hymn 610 How Firm a Foundation
Note: Perseverance through trials does not come from the believer’s strength of character. It comes from the power of God. The lyrics of this hymn envision God promising to his own, “I’ll strengthen thee, help thee, and cause thee to stand, Upheld by My gracious, omnipotent hand.” As we face fiery trials, we draw comfort in knowing that they serve the divine intention to transform us (“thy dross to consume and they gold to refine”).
Hymn 247 Amazing Grace
Note: John Newton’s beloved hymn not only expresses wonder at God’s saving grace, but also trust in God’s gracious work in and through trials. Verse three in our hymnal declares, “The Lord has promised good to me; His Word my hope secures.” The next verse speaks of the eternal nature of that hope:
The earth shall soon dissolve like snow;
The sun forbear to shine;
But God, who called me here below,
Will be forever mine.
Message: A Testimony in Time of Trial
Hymn 371 It Is Well with My Soul
Note: Sorrows come. Satan buffets us with trials. But we have this blessed assurance: Jesus cares about us and oversees it all for his good purposes. Therefore, we sing, “It is well with my soul.”
Prayer Response: David Snoeberger
Benediction: John Miles