April 19, 2020
SUNDAY SERMON: HANG ON, HELP IS COMING
Psalm 121: 1 – 8
Introduction: The next two paragraphs were mentioned prior to this message. I thought it was significant to bring it up again.
Today our country and the world are going through rough times because of the coronavirus pandemic. The only questions are how bad will it be, and how long will it last?
The bottom line is that the pandemic crisis will eventually affect everyone and have repercussions around the world. Churches face rough times worshiping on Sunday and mid-week services because of the strict guidelines from the government regarding the pandemic situation. Hang On, Help Is Coming!
Psalm 121 is one of the most beautiful Psalm in the Holy Scriptures. It was sung by God’s people in the face of threatening uncertainties. While the author of this text and the occasion of its writing are unknown, we do know that it was sung by the Jews who traveled to Jerusalem to worship. Three times a year, the Jews journeyed from all over the land up to Jerusalem to observe the feasts. The pilgrimage was long, exhausting, and filled with hazards. Yet, these faithful Jews plodded on with a song on their lips, for they knew that they did not walk alone. The One who presence was in the distant hills was also with them as they traveled, ever near to help and keep them.
The pilgrimage of the faithful Jews in this text is a picture of our journey through life as believers. We are strangers and pilgrims on this earth, confessing plainly that we, too, seek another country. Likewise, our journey can be exhausting, difficult, and sometimes dangerous. But, as we press on, we lift up our eyes to the heavens and are strengthened by the assurance that the One who awaits us there also walks with us here.
LOOK AT YOUR NEIGHBOR AND SAY, “HANG ON, HELP IS COMING!” Let’s look at four movements that will help us today:
GOD IS YOUR STRENGTH
GOD IS YOUR SUPPORT
GOD IS YOUR SHADE
GOD IS YOUR SAVIOR