Psalm

Psalm of Lament for our Nation

LAMENT FOR THE NATION

Address

Great God of glory and peace,

Sovereign Lord over all creation.

King Most High full of power and might,

God of justice, grace and mercy.

We beseech Thee to hear our Prayer.

Complaint

Our nation is full of pain and sorrow,

Fear is growing in our hearts.

Racial tension is dividing our country;

The body of Christ is growing in strife and derision.

How long until you bring peace?

How long until you restore joy?

God we beg you to bring order and comfort to this land.

We beg you to comfort the hearts of sorrow.

Surround the families of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile,

Give hope and peace to their families, to grieving mothers and fathers, and their children,

God give hope and reconciliation to the black community;

Fill the hearts of the fearful and weary with your mercy.

Give healing and peace to families of Brent Thompson, Patrick Zamarripa, Michael Krol, Michael Smith, Lorne Ahrens.

Send the Holy Spirit to minister the Dallas community, to grieving widows and children.

Give courage and strength to police officers across this nation to continue to serve and protect.

Give this nation gratitude and heartfelt thankfulness for their service.

Request

God do not allow this senseless violence to continue,

Show your might and mercy to bring peace.

Mighty God only you are able to bring justice.

Gracious Lord only you are able to bring healing.

Rise up, O God, Awake your Power

Wake up the church to speak with wisdom

Rise Up, O Lord, Awake your Mercy

Wake up the church to love in truth

Expression of Trust

God our King is from of old,

working salvation in the midst of the earth.

You divided the sea by your might;

you broke the heads of the sea monsters on the waters.

You split open springs and brooks;

you dried up ever-flowing streams.

Yours is the day, yours also the night;

you have established the heavenly lights and the sun.

You have fixed all the boundaries of the earth;

you have made summer and winter.

You have given the world your Son,

You have loved in mercy.

Jesus overcame death and the grave,

We live in hope of a glorious inheritance.

Jesus now reigns at the right hand of God,

So whether we are awake or asleep we will always be with the Lord.

We long for the day when you come in your glory.

Come Lord Jesus, Come Soon.

 

I Will Sing

“I will sing of the steadfast love of the LORD, forever; with my mouth I will make known your faithfulness to all generations.” (Psalm 89:1)

Beloved,

            John Wesley was raised by his mother to love the Lord with all his heart and to sing praises to God. When Wesley was 21 years of age, he met a humble man who owned only one coat and lived in such impoverished conditions that he didn’t even own a bed. Although having nothing, this man was incredibly happy and filled with gratitude to God. Wesley, a brash and proud 21 year old, quipped about the man’s poverty, “And what else do you thank God for?”

            The man smiled and with a humble joyful spirit responded, “I thank Him that He has given me my life and being, a heart to love Him, and above all a constant desire to serve Him!” Wesley realized that this man knew the true meaning of thankfulness that he had not fully understood. Many years later Wesley himself was experiencing his own impoverished condition as he lay on his deathbed at 88 years old. Even though Wesley had nothing and was gasping for each breath, he began to sing, “I'll Praise My Maker While I've Breath.” Wesley understood that he could sing of the steadfast love of the Lord forever.

            Everyone will encounter an impoverished condition at some point during their lives. It may be financial loss, relational emptiness or the physical breakdown of our bodies, but regardless of our conditions, we can and should sing of the steadfast love of the Lord. God’s steadfast love has been proven time and time again. His unconditional love was ultimately seen in how while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. We must learn to rejoice in the gift of God’s salvation which does not depend on prosperity, but was offered to us because of our impoverished condition. We were impoverished, but Christ has come to give us live and life more abundantly.

           Therefore let us sing of the steadfast love of the Lord forever. I love the words written by William Cowper, a man familiar with suffering, “When this poor lisping, stammering tongue lies silent in the grave. Then in a nobler, sweeter song, I’ll sign thy power to save.” Beloved, we will always have a reason to sing!!