Preparing for Worship: Moment-by-Moment Trust

Preparing for Worship: Moment-by-Moment Trust

John Haralson   •   August 25, 2017

One of the great difficulties we face is the pressure of the secular society in which we live. The very air we breathe teaches us that we are living in a universe in which God is inactive. Yet the Scripture teaches us that we live in a universe in which God is constantly at work....[will we] sit in the chair of the “materialist,” who does not believe in the intervention of God, or in the chair of the person who knows that God is ceaselessly at work in our lives and in this world?
Jerram Barrs

The world's just spinning
A little too fast
If things don't slow down soon we might not last.
The world's not forgiving
Of everyone's fears.
The days turn into months, the months turn into years.
So just for a moment, let's be still.
The Head and the Heart, Let’s Be Still

Dear Friends,

The Psalms assume that life isn’t easy. They also assume that there are dark and sinister forces seeking to undo us. Many of these ancient prayers use militaristic metaphors and language to drive home this point. It’s almost as if God wants us to understand that our lives take place in the context of a tremendous battle.

In the midst of these realities, we really need to ask ourselves if we are trusting God or not. No matter what we may claim to believe, are our lives marked by “practical atheism”? Regardless of the theology in our heads or in the books on our shelves, do we live in the world like orphans, believing that we are ultimately on our own?

In Psalm 62, David sketches out what a life of practical atheism looks like. It is a life spent trying to control, manipulate, and overpower others. It is an existence where we are constantly trying to make our lives work out the way we want them to work out. In order to achieve our goals, we must try to ensure that others are doing exactly what we want them to do. In addition, David tell us that practical atheism leads us to trust in our wealth instead of trusting in God. 

Hmmm....lives marked radical individualism accompanied by an obsession with building material abundance? Practical atheism sounds like a religion that Seattle could get behind.

In contrast to this, David offers us a markedly different way to live. He speaks about sitting in silence, waiting upon God alone to act. 

Sitting in silence is the polar opposite of anxious scheming, plotting, and hoarding. It is a decidedly intentional ceasing of our relentless activity and at the same time a purposeful placing of ourselves in God’s hands. And, in this moment-by-moment trust, we make ourselves vulnerable and cease striving, believing that we are not alone in the world after all.  

Moreover, this kind of real, personal, daily communion with God leads to beautiful fruit. Through our growing closeness with Jesus, he transforms us day-by-day. By the power of the Holy Spirit, we become the people we actually want to become.

This week: Psalm 62, Moment-by-Moment Trust.

Liturgy is here.

I hope to worship with you.

John