Few are the people who never face discouragement. The biblical characters and writers certainly did, and Psalm 42 is one of the greatest responses to discouragement, melancholy and depression.
We begin with Psalm 42 as our call to worship, and then sing a hymn of great joy: “Rejoice, the Lord is King”. Our first Scripture reading describes a moment when David faced utter ruin, and possible execution. His response is like that of Psalm 42: he strengthened himself in the Lord. This is the hope of every believer, and is captured in the song “All I Have Is Christ”.
We then turn to the epistle of joy, Philippians, where we read the commands to rejoice, and not be anxious. We then present our requests to God with thanksgiving, before turning to the Word of God, to study Psalm 42 together.
We close with “As Longs the Deer”, a paraphrase of this psalm.
Hymn 161 It Is a Thing Most Wonderful
Welcome and Announcements
Call to Worship: Psalm 42
Prayer of Invocation
Hymn 184 Rejoice the Lord is King!
Scripture Reading: 1 Samuel 30:1-6
Song 4 All I Have Is Christ
Scripture Reading: Philippians 4:1-8
Sermon: Psalm 42: Discouragement and Desire
Hymn 43 As Longs the Deer for Cooling Streams