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Pour Out Your Heart

November 28, 2021 • Megan Lemmons • Come to Worship

Everything changed in a moment. When Jesus was born, He gave us the chance to be known, accepted, and forgiven. When we experience His love, we can't help but Come to Worship. This three-week series teaches different ways to worship God by looking deeper at what it truly means to lift your hands, pour out your heart, and bow before Him.

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Sermon Notes - November 28, 2021
Come to Worship - Pour Out Your Heart: Lamentations 2:19 & Psalm 13:1-6 - Megan Lemmons

Worship is thought and action that demonstrates respect and admiration for something we hold in high honor.

Lamentations 2:19
Rise during the night and cry out. Pour out your hearts like water to the Lord. Lift up your hands to him in prayer.

Lament: A way for people to give expression to grief in the presence of God.

Kristina Fox says “The laments in Scripture do more than just voice painful emotions. The psalms of lament, in particular, go further than just releasing pent-up emotions. They are more than mere catharsis. Within themselves, these psalms are a theology, a doxology, a form of worship. They are reminders of truth. They are exercises in faith. They are transformative for the believer.”

Lament allows us to move through our grief with God.

Psalm 13:1-6
How long, Lord? Will you forget me forever?How long will you hide your face from me? 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? Look at me and answer, Lord my God.Give light to my eyes, or I will sleep in death, and my enemy will say, “I have overcome him,”and my foes will rejoice when I fall. But I trust in your unfailing love; my heart rejoices in your salvation. I will sing the Lord’s praise, for he has been good to me.

"Fundamentally, lament is not just about catharsis or solidarity, but it is a cry to God to establish justice.Lament and praise should not be separated; they are actually two sides of the same coin. Praise without lament can lead to a superficial spirituality which does not recognize or take seriously the pain and grief that accompany our journey.” - Dan Wilt

Lament allows us to hold onto hope.

Psalms 13:1-6
How long, Lord? Will you forget me forever?How long will you hide your face from me? 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? Look at me and answer, Lord my God.Give light to my eyes, or I will sleep in death, and my enemy will say, “I have overcome him,”and my foes will rejoice when I fall. But I trust in your unfailing love; my heart rejoices in your salvation. I will sing the Lord’s praise, for he has been good to me.

Psalms 13:5-6
But I trust in your unfailing love; my heart rejoices in your salvation. I will sing the Lord’s praise, for he has been good to me.

Lament allows us to move through grief with other people.

Lamentations 2:19
Rise during the night and cry out. Pour out your hearts like water to the Lord. Lift up your hands to him in prayer

"Lament then is a kind of corporate intercession where the suffering of the community and of the world is brought before God’s throne. Lament as intercession (meaning praying for others)is already itself an act of compassion and justice which is meant to motivate action both from God and from the community. As intercession, lament validates the pain and suffering of the broken world, directs itself at God and demands “let Your Kingdom come!” - Dan Wilt