Worshipping Him in Sorrow

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Sun, Feb 17, 2019

Teacher: Dakoda Neace Series: Worship Through the Psalms Scripture: Psalm 13

FEBRUARY 17, 2019

Worship Through the Psalms


Psalms 13 (NIV)
1 How long, Lord? Will you forget me forever?
    How long will you hide your face from me?
2 How long must I wrestle with my thoughts
    and day after day have sorrow in my heart?
    How long will my enemy triumph over me?

3 Look on me and answer, Lord my God.
    Give light to my eyes, or I will sleep in death,
4 and my enemy will say, “I have overcome him,”
    and my foes will rejoice when I fall.

5 But I trust in your unfailing love;
    my heart rejoices in your salvation.
6 I will sing the Lord’s praise,
    for he has been good to me.

What is sorrow?

  • Deep distress, sadness, or regret especially for the loss of someone or something loved
  • A feeling or display of grief and sadness


Sorrow Could be

  • Having a bad day, A relationship break-up
  • Losing your Job, Losing friends
  • Marital issues
  • Lost-ness of the world, our non-Christian friends
  • Self-sin or failure


1st Paragraph-

  • He clearly doesn’t feel like the Lord is there with Him and has forgot about him
  • Psychological battle in David’s mind
  • How long are temptations and evil thoughts going to provoke David’s mind
  • Summary - Crying out for God, Where have You gone?


2nd Paragraph-

  • Asking for God to give him Hope before he falls apart
  • He doesn’t want to give up, it feels like a struggle to keep pushing on, he doesn’t want his enemy to win
  • Summary - Crying out to God, Come back to me! Hope


To this point, how many of us have been in this place?

How many times have we said almost these exact words to God? If you haven’t, maybe try and start. Bring it to God, even if you have to yell at Him a bit, then He can start to work through the issues.


3rd Paragraph-

  • I picture David kind of stopping here for a pause to take a breath and relax
  • I think after David is done crying out to God a switch is flipped, suddenly it doesn’t matter how he feels, how much sorrow or pain he is in
  • HE WORSHIPS GOD! Because God has been good to him


Types of Sorrow


Self inflicted Sorrow

Romans 7:15-25 (NLT)

15 I don’t really understand myself, for I want to do what is right, but I don’t do it. Instead, I do what I hate. 16 But if I know that what I am doing is wrong, this shows that I agree that the law is good. 17 So I am not the one doing wrong; it is sin living in me that does it.

18 And I know that nothing good lives in me, that is, in my sinful nature. I want to do what is right, but I can’t. 19 I want to do what is good, but I don’t. I don’t want to do what is wrong, but I do it anyway. 20 But if I do what I don’t want to do, I am not really the one doing wrong; it is sin living in me that does it.

21 I have discovered this principle of life—that when I want to do what is right, I inevitably do what is wrong. 22 I love God’s law with all my heart. 23 But there is another power within me that is at war with my mind. This power makes me a slave to the sin that is still within me. 24 Oh, what a miserable person I am! Who will free me from this life that is dominated by sin and death? 25 Thank God! The answer is in Jesus Christ our Lord. So you see how it is: In my mind I really want to obey God’s law, but because of my sinful nature I am a slave to sin.

  • Difference between God in us and sinful flesh nature
  • Didn’t understand himself or what he does, Internal struggle on doing things/not doing things
  • Lives in a life that is dominated with sin and death and struggle and sorrow
  • Who will set me free, THANK GOD! The answer is Jesus
  • Find worship in that place, sorrow and death and sin can be all around us but we need to be praising God and Worshipping/Singing to Him in the battle


Non-Self Inflicted Sorrow


Godly Sorrow:

  • Sin of the world
  • Lost-ness of the world
  • Physical suffering as Jesus on the cross
  • Seeing broken relationships
  • Christ followers not acting as they should
  • People choosing not to follow Him
  • God as our father- How much does it hurt him when we don’t accept Him?




Your name is a light that the shadows can't deny
Your name cannot be overcome
Your name is alive forever lifted high
Your name cannot be overcome

Connection Card

  1. I will communicate and be real with God in hard times.
  2. I will strive to sing and praise God in times of sorrow.
  3. I will pray for the lost-ness and sin of the world.


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