Sermon Preview - Honestly...This is Not the Life I Expected

This Sunday, July 31, is a Fifth Sunday. We invite you to join us for worship at 9:30am in our Fellowship Hall. Pastor Spencer will preach on Psalm 102:1-17. We invite you to read the passage below in preparation for Sunday's sermon and consider the Reflection Question during your devotional time. 

A prayer of one afflicted, when faint and pleading before the Lord.
Hear my prayer, O Lord;
let my cry come to you.
Do not hide your face from me
on the day of my distress.
Incline your ear to me;
answer me speedily on the day when I call.


For my days pass away like smoke,
and my bones burn like a furnace.
My heart is stricken and withered like grass;
I am too wasted to eat my bread.
Because of my loud groaning
my bones cling to my skin.
I am like an owl of the wilderness,
like a little owl of the waste places.
I lie awake;
I am like a lonely bird on the housetop.
All day long my enemies taunt me;
those who deride me use my name for a curse.
For I eat ashes like bread,
and mingle tears with my drink,
because of your indignation and anger;
for you have lifted me up and thrown me aside.
My days are like an evening shadow;
I wither away like grass.


But you, O Lord, are enthroned for ever;
your name endures to all generations.
You will rise up and have compassion on Zion,
for it is time to favour it;
the appointed time has come.
For your servants hold its stones dear,
and have pity on its dust.
The nations will fear the name of the Lord,
and all the kings of the earth your glory.
For the Lord will build up Zion;
he will appear in his glory.
He will regard the prayer of the destitute,
and will not despise their prayer.
— Psalm 102:1-17 (NRSV)

Reflection Question: How do the psalmist’s descriptions of disappointment compare with your experience?