I Will Be Still- Psalm 46 Song

A couple weeks ago we had a sermon from Psalm 46 and at the end everyone wrote down what they needed to bring before God on note cards. At the time I improvised a song based on those cards but I was so moved by what people wrote and their vulnerability that I decided to spend more time with the cards and write a song to summarize what people wrote. I wanted to give you the song so here it is. This weekend we will hand out CDs with this song on it as well as Psalm 46 sung by Brian O'Cock.

Much love, 

Jim Zartman

I Will Be Still

Chorus:
I will be still and know
You are God
I will be still and know
There is none like you

VS1:
You know my chaos
My highs and lows
You know the burdens
I fear the most
So I will look to you
I will look to you  

VS2:
When fear is driving
When hope wears thin
The water rises
And shame soaks in
I will look to you
I will look to you


Bridge:
There is a river of life
There is a source of peace
There is a calm for my soul                 
Where I can rest in the
Stillness of the God who’s with me
The stillness of the God who’s with me

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(042) Every Season of the Soul- Psalm 131

What does it mean to trust? Why does this Psalm used the image of a "weaned child" which is unusual in scripture. What is trust in the practical? That is the subject of the day.

 

LIFE GROUP QUESTIONS
1. A song of ascent was a sung while walking up a hill. It was thought that the higher your location the closer you were to God. The opening statement is making it clear that they are ascending to be in close relationship and not taking a position of superiority. What would it mean to be someone of humble ascent? Have you seen this done well?


2. “I do not concern myself with great matters” is the next step. It causes us to consider what we concern ourselves with. How can we engage the path and submit to the mystery? What are we concerning ourselves with that maybe we shouldn’t? What should we engage with and where do we need to allow the trust muscle to grow?

3. The image of the weaned child is one where the child is starting to grow and learn but still trusts and stays close to the parent. Connected but less dependent. How should that look in our lives? Do you have a sense when something should be left to God and when you should take responsibility to step up and act?


4. The point of learning this balance is that we become content. We humbly ascend. We trust God and take responsible steps in our life. Do you think that is what it looks like to put our hope in the Lord? Could that be a practical expression of putting our hope in the Lord? What would that look like in your life?

(038) Every Season Of The Soul- Psalm 8

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Psalm 8
1 Lord, our Lord,
    how majestic is your name in all the earth!
You have set your glory
    in the heavens.
2 Through the praise of children and infants
    you have established a stronghold against your enemies,
    to silence the foe and the avenger.
3 When I consider your heavens,
    the work of your fingers,
    the moon and the stars,
    which you have set in place,
4 what is mankind that you are mindful of them,
    human beings that you care for them?
5 You have made them a little lower than the angels
    and crowned them with glory and honor.
6 You made them rulers over the works of your hands;
    you put everything under their feet:
7 all flocks and herds,
    and the animals of the wild,
8 the birds in the sky,
    and the fish in the sea,
    all that swim the paths of the seas.
9 Lord, our Lord,
    how majestic is your name in all the earth!

Have you every experienced something you would describe using the word “majestic?” What did it feel like to you? How did you respond? (Take that sense into the following questions.)

The phrase “When I consider” sets up the author’s perspective and he uses imagery familiar to him to invoke a sense of wonder. What imagery, ideas, or epiphanies help invoke a similar sense in you? What memory or scene can you “consider” that brings you closer to a desire to express the majesty of God?

When the author considers all this he is amazed that God would give man so much authority on earth. When we get a sense of the authority God has given us as humans, do you get overwhelmed? Does it make you wonder why we have been given so much influence over our loved ones, our communities, and even our planet? How do you experience the weight of what God has placed in our hands to care for?

Take a few moments with all this in mind to do a silent meditation with your eyes closed. Take deep breaths and inhale “gratitude” and exhale “grace.” As you meditate on these two words see what comes to mind from the previous discussion.

(037) Every Season of the Soul- Psalm 1

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The Psalms is a collection of Hebrew poetry that spans over a 1000 years and a wide variety of human experiences. We want to feel good about life but the human experience is so wide and deep that we can take solace in the fact this truth is reflected in scripture. Week 1 of the series we take a deep dive into Psalm 1.

Psalm 1
1 Blessed is the one
    who does not walk in step with the wicked
or stand in the way that sinners take
    or sit in the company of mockers,
2 but whose delight is in the law of the Lord,
    and who meditates on his law day and night.
3 That person is like a tree planted by streams of water,
    which yields its fruit in season
and whose leaf does not wither—
    whatever they do prospers.
4 Not so the wicked!
    They are like chaff
    that the wind blows away.
5 Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment,
    nor sinners in the assembly of the righteous.
6 For the Lord watches over the way of the righteous,
    but the way of the wicked leads to destruction.

The author is encouraging people to have a good life and wants to give instruction about how to obtain it. Out of all the Psalms written the editors chose to put this Psalm first. Why do you think that is? Why this poem? How does this Psalm set the table for us to take a deep dive into an emotional collection of wisdom literature?

The author wants his readers to be blessed, happy, fortunate… and that won’t happen if we WALK, STAND, or SIT in the wrong place. If we mindlessly move in the direction of those on the wrong path we will end up in the destination of the wicked. If we stand with sinners we’ll blend in with values that won’t allow us to carry our blessing. If we passively sit among voices that are critical, negative, sarcastic and knock everything down it will influence our inner monologue. Take a moment to evaluate the voices influencing your life on a daily basis. Are any of them impacting you negatively? Have you ever successfully broken a negative voice taking up space in your heart?

Our call is to delight in what the Lord instructs (law). To keep in step with the spirit (Gal 5:25) and dwell (meditate, muse, take focused time) on what is true, lovely, pure, admirable, and praiseworthy (Phil 4:8). What has helped you gain a wisdom perspective on your life in hard times? How do you listen when your soul speaks?

Take a moment of silent meditation with eyes closed to picture yourself as a tree planed by streams of water. Deep roots. Strong and grounded. Well nourished. Lush and nurtured. Bearing good fruit in season. Brightly colored leaves. Ask yourself how you can become more of that person this year.