Trusting our God in a Broken World, Psalm 137
United Christian Church
2851 Sevier Road
Marietta – NY 13110
Sermon Notes On Website
February 18th, 2018
Verses Referenced from NIV Bible
Bulletin Front Cover: John 4:23
23 Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in the Spirit and in truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks.
1 Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good;
his love endures forever.
1 Praise the Lord, all you nations; extol him, all you peoples.
2 For great is his love toward us, and the faithfulness of the Lord endures forever.
Praise the Lord.[a]
Today’s Sermon – Trusting God in a Broken World [ Psalm 137 - NIV ]
1 By the rivers of Babylon we sat and wept when we remembered Zion.
2 There on the poplars we hung our harps,
3 for there our captors asked us for songs, our tormentors demanded songs of joy;
they said, “Sing us one of the songs of Zion!”
4 How can we sing the songs of the Lord while in a foreign land?
5 If I forget you, Jerusalem, may my right hand forget its skill.
6 May my tongue cling to the roof of my mouth if I do not remember you,
if I do not consider Jerusalem my highest joy.
7 Remember, Lord, what the Edomites did on the day Jerusalem fell.
“Tear it down,” they cried, “tear it down to its foundations!”
8 Daughter Babylon, doomed to destruction, happy is the one who repays you
according to what you have done to us.
9 Happy is the one who seizes your infants and dashes them against the rocks.
Opening Thoughts by Darren Smith - Introduction:
We have a broken world and it is becoming more and more difficult to trust God. In a the face of utter evil,
WE MUST LOOK TO GOD AND TRUST HIS PROMIES.
[-] The Pain of the Afflicted (vs 1-3)
[-] Realities of Exile
The Babylonians mocked the Jewish People.
Jerusalem (Zion) is in shatters
[-] Turning to God in Pain (4-6)
[-] resolve of the Exiles, What is new birth?
[-] Promise for God – Turn to and Trust God
God is Good
God is Just
God is Compassionate
[-] Pleading for Justice (7-9)
[-] retribution / justice for the exiles
[-] trust in God’s Promises
[-] trust in Jesus Christ
[-] All that is wrong will be made right by God.