Summary: We must worship God no matter our circumstances.
Worship in the Midst of Weeping
November 4, 2012 Evening Service
Immanuel Baptist Church, Wagoner, OK
Message Point: We must worship God no matter our circumstances.
Focus Passage: 2 Samuel 15:24-37
Supplemental Passage: There is an appointed time for everything. And there is a time for every event under heaven-- A time to give birth and a time to die; A time to plant and a time to uproot what is planted. A time to kill and a time to heal; A time to tear down and a time to build up. A time to weep and a time to laugh; A time to mourn and a time to dance. A time to throw stones and a time to gather stones; A time to embrace and a time to shun embracing. A time to search and a time to give up as lost; A time to keep and a time to throw away. A time to tear apart and a time to sew together; A time to be silent and a time to speak. A time to love and a time to hate; A time for war and a time for peace. (Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 NASB)
Introduction: He said, "Take now your son, your only son, whom you love, Isaac, and go to the land of Moriah, and offer him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains of which I will tell you." (Genesis 22:2 NASB) Definitely an example of worship in crisis and mourning.
I. Worship in Crisis
a. King David said that perhaps he could regain favor in God’s sight
b. "Do not let your heart be troubled; believe in God, believe also in Me. (John 14:1 NASB)
c. Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. (Philippians 4:6 NASB)
II. Worship in Mourning
a. King David went up the Mt of Olives weeping over the loss of his throne in order to worship God
b. Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I fear no evil, for You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me. (Psalms 23:4 NASB)
III. Worship in Everyday Life
a. The only way we will be able to worship in crisis and in mourning is to make sure have a habit of worship in our everyday lives
b. But Jesus Himself would often slip away to the wilderness and pray. (Luke 5:16 NASB)
c. Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice! (Philippians 4:4 NASB)