Weekly Home Guide

This guide is a tool to help you give your attention to God throughout your week as you gather as a household. Use it in collaboration with the virtual service, the sermon video (found under our media tab) or on it's own as devotional resource. 

God, Are You There?

Step 1: Music

FOCUS ON JESUS THROUGH MUSIC.

Psalm 13

How Long Oh Lord

Even When it Hurts

Step 2: Turn to God’s word.

Read Psalm 13

Step 3: Prayer

Seek God through prayer

  • Pray that we could follow Jesus authentically, even when it's hard.
  • Pray for those who are waiting to encouter God in the midst of feeling alone.
  • Pray for our willingness to be responsive to God in our pain.

Step 4: Talk about

The Psalms teach us a lot. They teach us that it's good and right to give God praise. They are filled with beautiful poetry and timeless wisdom. While they were written in an ancient context, when we read them, and pray them, we identify our own longing, praise, and hurt inside their words. 

Psalm 13 moves from longing and despair to a picture of hope. In it, David boldly asks, "How long, O Lord? Will you forget me forever? How long will you hide your face from me?" (13:1). We've all experienced these moments. We wonder how our good and strong faith has gone unanswered. The Psalm moves to rejoicing, and we've experienced that too. 

Our faith journey is varied, and our experiences aren't static. We don't encounter Jesus and live a life free of hardship and burden, but we have assurance in Christ's future promise even when life becomes difficult. 

Talk about this, and look at ways your faith has drawn closer, or drifted further from God. 

Step 5: Family resource

Click here for an activity or a few questions you can do with your family. 

Step 6: Benediction

Close your time.

And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you. To him be the dominion forever and ever. Amen. 

1 Peter 5:10-11 

Step 7: Questions

  1. Do you resonate with Psalm 13? Which parts?
  2. Have you ever felt abandoned by God? More to the point have you ever felt desperate and cried out to God in that moment?
  3. What has God already done for you that helps you think - this too shall pass?