One of the preventatives from drawing back from Christ (Hebrews 3:12) is to learn how to get back up when we have fallen into sin, or discouragement. Micah 7:7-9 gives us a model for getting back up.
Our call to worship is a call to rejoice in God regardless of the circumstances. Habakkuk chose to turn his heart to finding joy in God, despite the barrenness of the harvest. God graciously calls us to rejoice in Him, not in circumstances. After that call, we sing the gospel in “Arise, My Soul, Arise”. Wesley’s stirring hymn about the High Priesthood of Christ calls on us to draw nigh with confidence, as Hebrews 10:19-22 tells us to, and not to shrink back in guilt.
Our reading from the Tanakh is Psalm 42. Here the sons of Korah faced their own discouragement and sorrow. They felt their spiritual lethargy, but called on their own hearts to respond to God by hoping in Him. We then sing this psalm to a well-known melody.
Our New Testament reading comes from Hebrews 12:1-13, where the writer calls on us to keep running with endurance. He reminds us that some of the pain is not meant to knock us down, but is necessary discipline and training from our Father.
We take our requests to God in corporate prayer.
As we bring our free-will offerings, we sing “Sometimes a Light Surprises”. Cowper, who knew depression and discouragement firsthand, writes of how God brings joy during the act of obedient worship. He quotes from our call to worship text, Habakkuk 3:17-19, reminding us that worship is the best antidote to self-pity.
We then turn to study Micah 7:7-9. We close with the hymn of aspiration “O For a Closer Walk with God”.
Call to Worship: Habbakuk 3:17-19
Prayer of Invocation
Hymn 206 Arise My Soul, Arise
Scripture Reading: Psalm 42
Hymn 43 As Longs the Deer for Cooling Streams
Scripture Reading: Hebrews 12:1-13
Offering: Congregational Hymn 309 Sometimes a Light Surprises
Sermon: Micah 7:7-9 Getting Back Up
Hymn 252 O for a Closer Walk with God