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Sermon Overview & Prayer: "Deepened Convictions in the Storm"

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Psalm 62 – PRAYER POINTS
Deepened Convictions in the Storm - Chad Hester

 

These written prayers are intended to fuel your meditation on this passage and your enjoyment of God in prayer.

For God alone my soul waits in silence; from him comes my salvation. He alone is my rock and my salvation, my fortress; I shall not be greatly shaken. Once God has spoken; twice have I heard this: that power belongs to God, and that to you, O Lord, belongs steadfast love. For you will render to a man according to his work. (Psalm 62:1-2, 11-12)

Our convictions about God’s character grow deeper as we experience more of God's care.

A Conviction Confessed (1-2) – God gives his people hope

“You think you need something new and better. But much of wisdom is about remembering  what we know, rather than discovering fresh insight.” (Ed Welch)

[David] knows that in God there is hope of real security and safety and that regardless of what comes against him nothing can greatly shake his conviction in who God is.

PRAYER: Father, I ask that each morning the Holy Spirit remind me of of who you are, and of all you’ve secured for me in Jesus Christ. Yes, in the  world we will have tribulation, but you have overcome the world, and you change not. May the truth of your glorious rule and reign fill my heart with hope and peace.

A Conviction Attacked (3-4) – God steadies his people through attacks

“Evil, being ruthlessly competitive, is attracted to weakness, to give a last push to whatever is leaning or tottering.” (Derek Kidner)

PRAYER: Lord, through your Word, your Spirit, and my brothers and sisters, please reveal any inclination in my heart and soul to lean toward unrighteousness, toward worldliness...toward any desire that leans my affections and devotion away from you.

A Conviction Confirmed (5-7) – God meets weary people with renewed strength

If you have a conviction that from God alone comes your salvation you should see your face in this pronoun ‘my’.  God is your salvation and your glory and your rock and your refuge no matter what storm is raging.

PRAYER: Father, your Word proclaims your goodness and grace to the weak and weary. May I meditate, remembering that you keep me in perfect peace as my mind is fixed on you, because I trust.  Use this Psalm or a passage like Psalm 27:1 The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid? May this truth keep me free from fear and weariness.

A Conviction Expressed (8) – God is a trusted refuge 

“Meanwhile his experience is something to share. What he has found in one crisis will avail at all times; what God has been to him he can be for others.” (Derek Kidner)

“Whatever is the cup that God is offering to me, whether it be pain or sorrow and suffering and grief along with the many more joys, I’m willing to take it because I trust him.” (Elisabeth Elliott)

PRAYER: Lord, may I steward the gift of your gracious comfort and nearness, in caring for others, as well as guarding my own heart. Thank you for the cross that gives refuge from my greatest enemy, death and hell. Thank you that no suffering is greater than I deserve, or greater than the hope and glory that awaits us.

A Conviction Applied (9-10) – God protects his people from the lies of this world

“Perhaps there may be no way of teaching us so thoroughly the baseness of our heart as by leaving us to its devices; perhaps we shall never know our folly, unless suffered to play the fool, but oh prevent it Lord! Prevent it by thy grace! Better to be taught by suffering than to be taught by sin! Better to lie in God’s dungeon than to revel in the devil’s palace.” (C. H. Spurgeon)

PRAYER: Father spare me the deception of self-sufficiency, self-confidence, or self-anything! Thank you that such humility, doesn’t lead me to despair, but to a humble dependence and confidence on you, the one who wisely, perfectly, and lovingly rules over all!

A Conviction Lived Out (11-12) – God is enough for his people

“We can therefore rest assured, however severe our wrongs may be, though wicked men should account us the filth and offscouring of all things, that God is witness to what we suffer, will interpose in due time, and will not disappoint our patient expectation.” (John Calvin)

PRAYER: Lord, may Paul’s prayer be my prayer, as I receive your promise: “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore, I will boast all the more gladly of my weakness, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong. (2 Corinthians 12:9-10)

OVERVIEW OF THE SERMON:
We come from a long history of people who have endured suffering, and yet found peace and hope in the promises and character of God. King David was one of the most prominent, who endured slander and death threats with a quiet and fortified soul. In the fortress of God’s presence, David hoped in the God of all authority and power. What David hoped for though in the promises of God, we today know in greater fullness, through the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Even in the chaotic circumstances we find ourselves in today, we like David, can follow the drill of fleeing to the mighty fortress of God’s presence where we find peace for our weary souls. 

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS:

  1. Chad encouraged us that, “Our convictions about God’s character grow deeper as we experience more of God’s care.” How did Psalm 62 help you understand this statement?
  2. Read the first two verses of this Psalm again and consider where you have sought peace or comfort lately other than ‘He alone’? 
  3. Derek Kidner reminds us “Evil, being ruthlessly competitive, is attracted to weakness, to give a last push to whatever is leaning or tottering.” How can you relate to being the leaning wall or tottering fence in verse 3? Which of the remaining verses in this Psalm provides you with hope?
  4. How does Jesus’ experience of facing every temptation and the most intense suffering for YOU comfort you in your suffering or weariness right now?
  5. What drills or habits of grace could you grow in to quiet your soul to rest in God’s care for you? 
  6. How do you live differently knowing God’s power, justice, and steadfast love described in this Psalm? How might this example be attractive to an unbelieving friend or family member?