Good morning Church! Whether you are joining us on Sunday morning, Friday night, or any other day of the week, we are so glad to have you worshiping with us! Today Michelle is going to be continuing her ongoing series on the psychology of the human being, and this week she is focusing in on the emotional connection and fulfillment that we often seek in loving relationships and marriages. No doubt, we are each coming into this topic with our own ideas of what marriage, or even relationships, should look like or feel like and many of us will likely have differing opinions and biases about the institution of marriage in general. So, wherever you are coming from today, I pray that God would speak to you in a way that would make a sensitive topic feel safe, and in a way that will only draw you closer to God.
Have it All – Bethel Music
Looking for a Savior – United Pursuit
Like in any of our relationships, our expectations of God can shape how we reach out and our perceptions of what we receive, often leaving us feeling unsatisfied. If we view God as a wishing well, we will likely spend most of our time asking for things and then feeling ripped off by a malicious ruler if the answers and the plans don’t align with our expectations. As you draw near to God in this time of worship today, instead of praying for the things you want, I encourage you to try praying that your desires would align with God’s plans; ask that the good things you want for yourself would come into alignment with the things that God wants for you. Our vision is so limited, especially when it comes to our own wellbeing, but fortunately God is as infinitely wise as he is infinitely loving.
Somebody to Love – Queen
Matthew 7:7 says “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you” (ESV), and if this is true, how come so many people, like Freddie Mercury, ask for more love, less loneliness, or maybe a better marriage, yet so many people still feel lonely and unloved? This song is really a song of lament, like those found in Psalms or Lamentations. The words of Freddie, “I have spent all my years believing in you, but I just can’t get no relief” sound an awful lot like the words of the Psalmist in Psalm 25 which says
“Turn to me and be gracious to me, for I am lonely and afflicted. The troubles of my heart are enlarged; bring me out of my distresses. Consider my affliction and my trouble, and forgive all my sins” (Psalm 25:16-18).
Fortunately, while Freddie’s song focuses on the longing aspect of lament, the Psalmist shows us the broader scope of lament, as they begin the psalm with an exultation to the Lord:
“To you, O Lord, I lift up my soul. O my God, in you I trust; let me not be put to shame; let not my enemies exult over me. Indeed, none who wait for you shall be put to shame; they shall be ashamed who are wantonly treacherous. Make me to know your ways, O Lord; teach me your paths. Lead me in your truth and teach me, for you are the God of my salvation; for you I wait all day long” (Psalm 25:1-5, ESV).
Those who ask, and wait, will not be forsaken. True, the answers to our prayers will not always be what we wanted, but if we truly wait on the Lord we can find the relief that Freddie was longing for, if not the kind that he thought he needed.
How to be Yours – Chris Renzema
No One But You – Hillsong Worship
Just as we can look at a Queen song and talk about how God is within and at work in our culture beyond the church, let us go into this next week and see how God is going about the work of meeting our needs beyond and outside of what expect or ask. Also, let try to tune out desires towards loving and being loved by the God who is above, and in, and through all things. I pray that as we grow in our knowledge and understanding of God that we would also be growing in our knowledge and understanding of how we have been created, so that we would be able to lean into, rather than away from, the love of the Father.
Thank you for joining us today! If you haven’t listened to this week’s sermon yet, it is posted on both our YouTube channel and our website, or you can find the link on our Facebook and Instagram pages. 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 for the most recent message will be right at the top of the queue. Thanks, and God bless!