5 For in the day of trouble he will keep me safe in his dwelling; he will hide me in the shelter of his sacred tent and set me high upon a rock. 6 Then my head will be exalted above the enemies who surround me; at his sacred tent I will sacrifice with shouts of joy; I will sing and make music to the Lord.
Today’s sermon is based on Psalm 27:5-6, as you know from using this guide the past week. Today, meditate on the passage—read it over and over again and ask God to reveal His truth to you. Then make a few of your own observations about the passage.
1. What do we learn about God from this passage?
2. What do we learn about OURSELVES from this passage?
3. After listening to the sermon (live or via HCC website) and/or meditating on the text, what is ONE primary way that you can apply some truth mentioned here to your life THIS WEEK?
4. Based on what you have written above, can you write a brief prayer of response below, asking God in your own words to help you obey His Word and put it into practice?
The Valley of Vision is a collection of Puritan prayers and devotions. Each Sunday, we will provide one of those prayers that relates to our theme. These ancient prayers can be challenging because of their language, but they are very rich and full of meaning. We encourage you to read the prayer slowly, then to pray it to God yourself, followed by any other ways God leads you to commune with Him and pray for others.
First Day Morning: Worship (pages 378-379)
O LORD, We commune with thee every day, but week days are worldly days, and secular concerns reduce heavenly impressions. We bless thee therefore for the day sacred to our souls when we can wait upon thee and be refreshed; We thank thee for the institutions of religion by use of which we draw near to thee and thou to us; We rejoice in another Lord’s Day when we call off our minds from the cares of the world and attend upon thee without distraction; Let our retirement be devout, our conversation edifying, our reading pious, our hearing profitable, that our souls may be quickened and elevated. We are going to the house of prayer, pour upon us the spirit of grace and supplication; We are going to the house of praise, awaken in us every grateful and cheerful emotion; We are going to the house of instruction, give testimony to the Word preached, and glorify it in the hearts of all who hear; may it enlighten the ignorant, awaken the careless, reclaim the wandering, establish the weak, comfort the feeble-minded, make ready a people for their Lord. Be a sanctuary to all who come, forget not those who never come, and do thou bestow upon us benevolence towards our dependents, forgiveness towards our enemies, peaceableness towards our neighbors, openness towards our fellow-Christians.
Ministry Highlight: Community Groups
Community Groups are small communities of Harvesters committed to glorifying God by making disciples.
It is more than just a regular time to get together. It’s an environment where we share life together. This entails living intentionally in the natural overlap of life. For example, community groups often eat meals together, attend family sporting events, recitals, babysit for one another, etc. They celebrate the good times and help each other through the bad. They basically do life together in ways that normal families do. Community groups are an environment where we are “known.” When people know us they are able to help us mature in Christ by speaking the “truth in love” (Ephesians 4:15).
Finally, not only are we involved in discipling one another, we are also striving to fulfill the Great Commission by going and serving those around us. Our desire would be to see groups serving local missions, non-profits, neighborhoods, etc. It is our hope that we will impact the Charlotte area through our community groups.
For a current list of our community groups, please visit harvestcharlotte.com and click on “Find a Group.”
Please pray with us:
-That God would use all members to disciple others in their group
-That God would bless each group with deep and meaningful Christian fellowship
-That a result of living in community would be that each member would be encouraged to further the mission of making disciples with friends and neighbors who don't know Christ
-That God would protect and give wisdom to each group leader
-That God would use each member to protect one another from the lies and schemes of the evil one
-That each group would see someone come to Christ as a result of their prayers and gospel efforts