Getting Ready For Sunday: How to Prepare for Worship at Uptown, May 15, 2015

When you fear where do you turn? Where do you look for help? In the text this week we see David fleeing from his enemies because they are after him to kill him, namely Saul. The Lord protects him in many ways. When we fear we often feel alone and far from God. God shows us that he protects us in many ways. One way he does this is by providing evidences of his presence in the midst of our trials. 

After I graduated college I decided to do the RUF internship. They placed me to be at Rhodes college in Memphis, TN. At the time I was living in Raleigh, NC. I also had/have a fear of flying because I get claustrophobic. So I briefly considered driving out to Memphis then realized it was a 13 hour drive. Flying ended up being the best option and seemingly the only option for me to go visit the campus. Leading up to the flight I was terrified that I would have a panic attack on the plane. It didn’t help that I had to take two flights out there because there was a connector in Charlotte. The first flight was only 45 minutes and went well. I had an overwhelming sense of God’s presence and care for me. When the second flight began to take off my anxiety and panic levels began to rise. As we started ascending into the air the passenger next to me started a conversation with me. We started talking about various things and then he told me he was a Christian psychologist that traveled around the country talking at psychology conferences. He said that he noticed that I looked a little nervous and thats why he began talking to me. Before I knew it we had landed and the flight was over, in a sense the trial was over and God had wonderfully provided in the midst of it. 

There are trials that we will face where God does not always provide in this way, but sustains us in ways we do not even recognize. Possibly there are things we should see, but it could also be the case that God wants us to trust him by faith instead of by sight. It could be that he is stretching you and growing you in the midst of the trial. The truth is that God is always there, always in control. My story simply illustrates the truth of who God is and how he works in the lives of his people. Even though the circumstances change and provision can look like a million different things the one thing that remains the same is the Lord. He promises us that he will keep us and guide us and protect us. All we have to do is trust him. Wether you are going through a trial or you have experienced God’s deliverance we can praise God for who he is and how he wonderfully works out all things for his glory and the good of those that love him. 

THE WORD

Scripture: 1 Samuel 21:1 – 22:5
Sermon: God’s People Are Never Alone, Abandoned or Forsaken

SONGS

Praise to the Lord, the Almighty
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My Hope Is Built On Nothing Less (arr. Charlie Hall/Traditional)
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Psalm 62 (arr. Aaron Keyes)
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Song of Preparation: Whom Shall I Fear  (arr. Chris Tomlin)
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Song for the Supper: We Will Feast In The House Of Zion  (arr. Sandra McCracken)
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Song of Response: Isaiah 43
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