Worshipping in Desperation

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Sun, Feb 24, 2019

Teacher: Autumn Wall Series: Worship Through the Psalms Scripture: Psalm 56

FEBRUARY 24, 2019

Worship Through the Psalms


Psalm 56

1 Be merciful to me, my God for my enemies are in hot pursuit; all day long they press their attack. 2 My adversaries pursue me all day long; in their pride many are attacking me. 3 When I am afraid, I put my trust in you. 4 In God, whose word I praise—in God I trust and am not afraid. What can mere mortals do to me? 5 All day long they twist my words; all their schemes are for my ruin. 6 They conspire, they lurk, they watch my steps, hoping to take my life. 7 Because of their wickedness do not let them escape; in your anger, God, bring the nations down. 8 Record my misery; list my tears on your scroll—are they not in your record? 9 Then my enemies will turn back when I call for help.By this I will know that God is for me. 10 In God, whose word I praise, in the Lord, whose word I praise— 11 in God I trust and am not afraid.What can man do to me? 12 I am under vows to you, my God; I will present my thank offerings to you. 13 For you have delivered me from death and my feet from stumbling, that I may walk before God in the light of life.


Singing in the Bible

Hebrews 2:12
“I will declare your name to my brothers and sisters; in the assembly I will sing your praises”

Psalm 71:23
“My lips will shout for joy when I sing praise to you—I whom you have delivered”

Psalm 95:1
“Come, let us sing for joy to the LORD; let us shout aloud to the Rock of our salvation” 


3 Types of Desperation
1. Desperation in Pain: 

  • Our cry is: “aaaaarrrrggghhh!!!!  God, it hurts, and I NEED you to just make it through this moment”
  • God cares deeply about our pain and longs to walk with us through hard times

2. Desperate for Anything of God

  • Our cry is: (typically in pain) “why can’t I hear you?  I need to know you”
  • When we feel like we’re in a “dry spell” or like we can’t hear him speaking it brings out a desperation in us for anything of God.
  • Am I desperate for the person of God or desperate for the way I’ve him move in the past?
  • “My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me” (John 10:27)

3. Just desperate for more of God

  • Our cry is: “I love being with you…I HAVE to know more of you”
  • “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. (Matthew 7:7)
  • “My soul yearns, even faints, for the courts of the Lord;my heart and my flesh cry out for the living God.” (Psalm 84:2)
  • “You, God, are my God, earnestly I seek you; I thirst for you, my whole being longs for you, in a dry and parched land where there is no water.” (Psalm 63:1)  


Now until forever, Jesus I surrender

Show me what I don't know, more of You

I'm desperate for Your presence, longing to be with You

Lead me to a new place, more of You

-Pursue by Hillsong

Connection Card 

  1. I feel desperate for God and I will find time again this week to press in to hear from Him.
  2. I do not think I am desperate for God but I want to be in that place.
  3. I will put singing in desperation for God to practice this week.


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