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.
Read Psalm 13
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.
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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