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Trusting our God in a Broken World, Psalm 137


 

United Christian Church

2851 Sevier Road

Marietta – NY 13110

315-636-9960

Sermon Notes On Website

www.mariettachurchg.org

 

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.

 

Inside Cover : Psalm 118:1

Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good;
    his love endures forever.

 

 Call to Worship : Psalm 117

Praise the Lord, all you nations; extol him, all you peoples.
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 ]

 

 

By the rivers of Babylon we sat and wept  when we remembered Zion.
There on the poplars we hung our harps,

for there our captors asked us for songs, our tormentors demanded songs of joy;
they said, “Sing us one of the songs of Zion!”

 

How can we sing the songs of the Lord while in a foreign land?
If I forget you, Jerusalem, may my right hand forget its skill.
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.

 

Remember, Lord, what the Edomites did on the day Jerusalem fell.
“Tear it down,” they cried,  “tear it down to its foundations!”
Daughter Babylon, doomed to destruction, happy is the one who repays you
    according to what you have done to us.
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

 

Response

          [-] All that is wrong will be made right by God.

 


O Come, let us worship and bow down: let us kneel before the Lord our maker.

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