Sing for Joy
Prop: In times of trouble, our confidence and joy is found in the character of our God.
Three marks of a Christian who is growing in confidence in the character of God:
God is loving ~ are you confident in His personal care? (vv. 1-4)
> How has the current crisis tested your confidence in His personal care?
> How do you remind yourself that you are under His personal care?
God is merciful ~ is His help evident in the daily routines of your life? (vv. 5-8)
> Has the current season challenged your confidence in His mercy towards you?
> How do you pursue His help everyday?
God is just ~ is your ultimate hope in the vindication of Christ? (vs. 9-11)
> Has has this season strengthened your confidence in gospel of Christ?
> What are you tempted to forget when it comes to the gospel of Jesus Christ?
A Psalm of David, when he was in the wilderness of Judah.
63:1 O God, you are my God; earnestly I seek you;
my soul thirsts for you;
my flesh faints for you,
as in a dry and weary land where there is no water.
2 So I have looked upon you in the sanctuary,
beholding your power and glory.
3 Because your steadfast love is better than life,
my lips will praise you.
4 So I will bless you as long as I live;
in your name I will lift up my hands.
5 My soul will be satisfied as with fat and rich food,
and my mouth will praise you with joyful lips,
6 when I remember you upon my bed,
and meditate on you in the watches of the night;
7 for you have been my help,
and in the shadow of your wings I will sing for joy.
8 My soul clings to you;
your right hand upholds me.
9 But those who seek to destroy my life
shall go down into the depths of the earth;
10 they shall be given over to the power of the sword;
they shall be a portion for jackals.
11 But the king shall rejoice in God;
all who swear by him shall exult,
for the mouths of liars will be stopped. (ESV)