Finding God in a COVID 19 Wilderness – May 24, 2020

Good morning and welcome, Church! Today John is speaking on the wilderness, breaking down what it looks like for us walking through this wilderness season right now. The selection of songs I have laid out looks a little bit different than it typically does. Many of these songs don’t have any lyrics attached and while I usually try to only include one or two unfamiliar songs, it is likely that many of these songs will be new to you today. I have chosen the following songs in the hopes that they will aid you in this time of wandering through the wilderness and hopefully give a new perspective on the waiting and the hardship that is found in such times.

Speak to the Silence – United Pursuit 

Not Yet – Chris Renzema 

There is much to be said about what the wilderness is and what it does. One of the things that we can see so clearly right now is that such experiences force us to wait and be still. Psalm 27:13-14 says “I believe that I shall look upon the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living! Wait for the Lord; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the Lord” (ESV). These two songs remind me, and I hope they remind you, that there is beauty to be found in the waiting and in the silence. In the sermon, John says that God is at work in the wilderness too because the wilderness still belongs to God. Remember that God is in the waiting just as much as he is on the other side of it.

Desert Song – Hillsong Worship 

One of my favourite books in the Old Testament is Habakkuk. Though it is short, the book displays Habakkuk’s own desert, or wilderness experience. In this book we see the change in Habakkuk as he moves from questioning God to submission and faith. Habakkuk 3:17-19 says

“though the fig tree should not blossom, nor fruit be on the vines, the produce of the olive fail and the fields yield no food, the flock be cut off from the fold and there be no herd in the stalls, yet I will rejoice in the Lord; I will take joy in the God of my salvation. God, the Lord, is my strength; he makes my feet like the deer’s; he makes me tread on high places (ESV).

In the midst of the wilderness, Habakkuk finds the beauty and rest in the Lord. Let us also seek God’s presence and sovereignty in the midst of our wilderness.

Below My Feet – Mumford & Sons  

Highs & Lows – Hillsong Young & Free 

“Below My Feet” isn’t a typical worship song, but I hope you can perceive the presence of God in the wilderness of Marcus Mumford. The band wrote this song after Marcus’s father died and it describes the process of moving through grief and reconciling God’s presence in the midst of loss. One of the lines says “I was told by Jesus all is well / so all must be well” and it is said with some cynicism. How can we reconcile the dissonance of God being over and in everything while suffering and hardship are also in many things? Though we cannot always understand, we must remember that God is at work in the wilderness, in the middle of the suffering and the hardship. Let us seek to name and identify God in the hardships of the wilderness, so that when change and renewal come we can rejoice and know that God was at work in trials and the triumphs, the highs and the lows, the wilderness and the times of plenty. “Wait for the Lord; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the Lord” (Psalm 27:14, ESV).

If you prefer to listen to worship music in a playlist format, we’ve got you covered there too! All of these songs are also available on our Spotify playlist so that you can worship as you go about your week. Our playlist is updated every week so that the songs I’ve posted to go along with the message will be right at the top of the queue. Thanks, and God bless!

Spotify Playlist 

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