Family Worship Guide
Sunday, March 15, 2020
Here is a video from Pastor Kevin explaining the format for the Family Worship Guide that we put together so that you are still able to worship with your families this morning in light of cancelled activities at the church,
Here are some songs to help aid you and your family in worship. The videos have the lyrics on them so that it is easier for you and your family to participate.
Psalm 3:1-8 (ESV)
1 O Lord, how many are my foes!
Many are rising against me;
2 many are saying of my soul,
“There is no salvation for him in God.” Selah
3 But you, O Lord, are a shield about me,
my glory, and the lifter of my head.
4 I cried aloud to the Lord,
and he answered me from his holy hill. Selah
5 I lay down and slept;
I woke again, for the Lord sustained me.
6 I will not be afraid of many thousands of people
who have set themselves against me all around.
7 Arise, O Lord!
Save me, O my God!
For you strike all my enemies on the cheek;
you break the teeth of the wicked.
8 Salvation belongs to the Lord;
your blessing be on your people! Selah
The story of David’s difficulty is found in 2 Samuel chapters 15-16. While David had been occupied with the affairs of government, his son Absalom stole the hearts of the people and raised a rebellion in the nearby town of Hebron. The revolt was so sudden and unexpected that David had no recourse but to flee Jerusalem with whatever leaders remained faithful to him. He retreated to the temporary safety of the desert.
The narrative says that he went weeping and barefoot, his head covered in sorrow. Along the way David was loudly and openly cursed by Shimei, a Benjamite who had remained loyal to the house of David’s predecessor Saul.
2 Samuel 16:7-8 (ESV)
7 And Shimei said as he cursed, “Get out, get out, you man of blood, you worthless man! 8 The Lord has avenged on you all the blood of the house of Saul, in whose place you have reigned, and the Lord has given the kingdom into the hand of your son Absalom. See, your evil is on you, for you are a man of blood.”
Kevin Celestin - March 14, 2020
Light in A Dark Hour
This is a sermon that Kevin Celestin preached on January 28, 2018. We have re-added it to the sermon feed to aid in family worship on Sunday, March 15, 2020 in light of services being cancelled.
Scripture References: Psalms 3:1-8
From Series: "Lessons in the Psalms"
I. Have You Ever Been Afraid?
In the sermon, what did Pastor Kevin say made him afraid? What made Pastor Kevin feel better?
II. Was David Afraid?
Q: Why was David afraid? (Read verse 1)
A: David’s enemies are many.
Q: What are David’s enemies saying to him?
A: Psalm 3:2 says, “many are saying of my soul, ‘There is no salvation for him in God.” Selah.”
Now in the context of David being King, they are attacking his identity, David’s calling. David’s enemies are saying, he is a goner. God will not help him. Look at his life; look what he did to Uriah. Look what he did to his family, and look what he did to the nation of Israel. God is not for him.
Charles Haddon Spurgeon wrote, “It is the most bitter of all afflictions to be led to fear that there is no help for us in God.”
III. Who Made David Feel Better?
A: The word means to pause, to ponder, to meditate.
We are called to pause to adjust our focus and gaze. Quite often, we find ourselves focusing on our adversities and adversaries rather than on our blessings and our God. David looks to God for help now. His focus is on God and not his circumstances.
Q: What four things did David mention about God?
A: 1. God is a shield around him.
Q: Do you remember what kind of shield David is talking about from Pastor Kevin’s sermon?
A: Now in that culture, there were two kinds of shields: a smaller shield that protects the front of your body and is used in hand to hand combat. The bigger shield was used to wrap around you.
David is referring to the bigger shield. That shield was used when the solider would follow his general into combat. In a battle when moving into danger, this shield works best, but if you run, the shield does not work at all.
God’s shield only works when we go forward, when we obey him and follow him.
No matter how bad things get, David knows that God will work good things in his life. God will shield him—not from danger, but in danger.
Tim Keller states, “If God let you hurt today, it is because He is trying to save you from a greater hurt tomorrow.”
The second thing David focused on about God is:
2. God is his glory.
Q: What did Pastor Kevin say in his sermon that the word glory means?
A: The word glory literally means weight and significance. It indicates a person’s standing in the community, and when applied to God, it points to his standing at the center of life, his supreme power and majesty.
Now the fact that David is saying “but you are my glory” is showing us that David had to relocate his glory. His identity was perhaps in his kingship. Our anxiety is the result of misplaced glory.
Parents, remind your children that their value and significance is not found in what people think about them, but it is found in having a relationship with God. Take this time to share the gospel with your children.
The third thing David focused on about God is:
3. God is the lifter of his head.
Parents, ask your children what does it mean when someone walks around with their heads down? Then ask what does it mean when someone walks around with their heads lifted high?
Remind them of a situation when you lifted their heads high to encourage them. This is what God is doing here to David. He lifts his head up high, saying, “I am proud of you David. Come on and move forward in obedience.”
The fourth thing David focused on about God is:
4. God answers his prayers.
Q: What can we learn about prayer from David’s prayer in Psalm 3?
1. Prayer is conversation between God and you.
2. God loves it when we pray our fears to him because he cares for us.
3. Prayer involves adoration. David adores God by saying that He is his shield, glory, lifter of his head and He answers his prayers.
4. Prayer involves confession. David confesses that he is fearful and that he is in trouble.
5. Prayer is thanksgiving. David was thankful for God’s help in his time of need.
6. Prayer involves supplication. David asked God for His help.
Today we have a greater reason than David to not fear in this life. The reason for this is because of the work of Christ.
–Ask your children if they are fearful of anything and then pray for them.
–Pray for God to continue to work in their lives so that they can be saved. If they are already saved, pray that they will continue to find their identity in Christ.
–Pray for people today who are fearful because of the COVID-19 virus.