Preparing for Worship – August 3, 2014

Psalms Main Slide

This week we continue our series on the Psalms by studying Psalm 4. In this Psalm, we see that we can call out to God for help because he is trustworthy. Just as we saw in last week’s Psalm (3), we can rest because God has all things under his control:

In peace I will both lie down and sleep;
for you alone, O Lord, make me dwell in safety. (Psalm 4:8)

Two times in this Psalm, the word “Selah” occurs. There are several understandings of this word, but most agree that it seems to be an instruction to the people when singing the Psalms together. It is thought that each time the congregation would encounter the word Selah, they would pause for thought or for a musical interlude. Essentially, the word is telling us to “pause and calmly think about that”. The idea is that there are times when we read or sing a line from the Psalms that is worthy of pausing to reflect and consider the truths that have been written.

One practice that we have in our worship gatherings at The Town Church is to put scripture on the screen during musical interludes. Sometimes these are scriptures that are exactly what we have been singing and sometimes they are scriptures that simply compel us to rejoice in the goodness of God. Our goal during those times is to engage our minds with the truths of God’s word – even during an instrumental section of the song.

So this week – allow your mind to be engaged with the truths of the scriptures on the screen – even in times when you aren’t singing.

In preparation for our gathering together, I encourage you this week to be reading Psalm 4 and preparing now to worship God. To that end, check out these helpful links:

Praise To The Lord (Listen | Purchase)

Before the Throne (Listen | Purchase)

Tis So Sweet To Trust In Jesus (Listen | Purchase)

Jude Doxology (Listen | Purchase)

Amazing Grace (My Chains Are Gone) (Listen | Purchase)

See you on Sunday.

 

 

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