My Heart Cries Out

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March 5 - April 16, 2017 (Lent)

The book of Psalms is one of the most familiar books of the Bible, even for those who do not call themselves Jews or Christians. It is a collection of 150 songs by a variety of authors in a wide range of circumstances. They give voice to every human emotion, all expressed in the context of covenant relationship to the God of Israel. During the season of Lent, we explore the many ways the psalmists cry out to God—in joy, pain, and everything in between—and in so doing, we delve more deeply into our own hearts and discover the prayers waiting to find a voice.

Sunday, March 5, 2017

My Heart Cries Out (PART 1)

It is very difficult to overstate the importance of the Psalms to the Christian faith. Above all, they give us the language of prayer, guiding us into a transformative encounter with the God who made us.

Sunday, March 12, 2017

My Heart Cries Out (PART 2)

Confession is not something that comes naturally to us, but at times, it is the only thing that can open us up to real, lasting healing. The psalms of confession show us that true confession looks like, and they invite us to approach God in the same way.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

My Heart Cries Out (PART 3)

One of the harder and more important lessons we learn from the Psalms is that God invites us to share our whole selves in prayer: the good, the bad, and the ugly. It is only when we share everything—including our very worst—that God's healing work can begin in our lives.

Sunday, March 26, 2017

My Heart Cries Out (PART 4)

The desire to be comforted in our sorrow and struggle is a universal human experience, and one which is woven throughout many of the psalms. We are invited to go to God in our weakness, and God will give us strength.

Sunday, April 2, 2017

My Heart Cries Out (PART 5)

The psalms often express a firm trust in God. When we place our trust in God, it is not in order to get something in return; it is because—and only because—God is faithful.

Easter Sunday, April 16, 2017

My Heart Cries Out (PART 6)

The cry of our heart often begins in a place of sadness and lament, but God moves us toward praise. And biblical praise does not forget hardship, but praises God even in the midst of it.