Knowing God in a Pandemic Storm

Good morning Church! Perhaps I should just say welcome, because I never really know where or when I am being joined, which is one of the cool things we get to enjoy about online services. Whether you need consistency and routine, or flexibility and choice, we get to listen to the sermon as many times as we need and focus on God at whatever time we can focus and listen most wholly. Though, there is certainly something to be said about worshiping when we don’t feel like it; perhaps in the middle of a storm? That is the topic that John is preaching on this week, so wherever you are coming from, and whatever the waters are looking like, I pray that you are able to seek God earnestly in the message and in the songs that I have gathered together today.

10,000 Reasons – Matt Redman

Give Thanks To God – Housefires

One of my favorite ways to begin a time of worship is by dwelling on the truth that no matter what is happening, there is a reason to praise the Maker of Heaven and Earth. Psalm 34:1-3 says “His praise shall continually be in my mouth. My soul makes its boast in the Lord; let the humble hear and be glad. Oh, magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt his name together” (ESV). As we join in worship, let us remember that we do not just praise God when He does great things, but we should praise Him continually because He is great!

Voice of Truth – Casting Crowns

The first verse of this song makes reference to the time after the feeding of the five thousand when Jesus walks on the waters of the Sea of Galilee, which is known by a few different names, and meets the disciples at the boat in which they are struggling against the wind. This story is recounted three times in the New Testament: one in Matthew, one in Mark, and one in John. In John and Mark’s accounts of this event, the story focuses on the majesty that is displayed by Jesus. Matthew’s account also shows the greatness of Christ, but Matthew’s account also tells us about Peter’s reaction to the encounter. Peter calls out to Jesus, saying “Lord, if it is you, command me to come to you on the water” (Matthew 14:28, ESV). Jesus then commands Peter to come to him, and the part of the story that I want to focus on is what comes next. Before Peter is rescued from the storm, he begins to drown. As soon as Peter calls out for help, it says that “Jesus immediately reached out his hand and took hold of him,” but before that there was a moment when it seemed that the storm would overtake him.

Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus – Helen H. Lemmel

I Will Fear No More – The Afters

When Jesus comes to the disciples, walking through the storm, he says “take heart, it is I. Do not be afraid” (Matthew 14:27, ESV). Better yet, he says this before he has even calmed the storm. At this point, the disciples rationally have a really good reason to be afraid. They haven’t grown up hearing stories about Jesus walking on water – this was completely unprecedented. However, they knew who Christ was and is. While rationality may have provided reason for fear, the faith they had in their teacher was the reason they had to listen to His voice. “Do not be afraid.” Even though the winds have not yet died down, “do not be afraid.” Though it may feel like you are drowning, “do not be afraid.” Because Jesus assures you that there is no reason to fear, let us decide not to be afraid together.

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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