Today’s Passage: Psalm 139
Father God, May You “Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.” Psalm 139:23-24 (NIV)
In the name of Jesus, I pray. Amen.
Opening Song: Gaither Vocal Band – Search Me, Lord (Live)
Message [used with permission from A Sermon for Every Sunday]: A Grain of Sand – The Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost [9/8/19] by Rev. Dr. Frank A. Thomas is a preacher, teacher, scholar, lecturer, author, and master coach, who currently serves as the Nettie Sweeney and Hugh Th. Miller Professor of Homiletics and Director of the Academy of Preaching and Celebration at Christian Theological Seminary in Indianapolis, Indiana.
“How precious to me are your thoughts, O God. How vast is the sum of them. Were I to count them, they would outnumber the grains of sand on the seas. When I awake, O God, I am still with you.”
“Howard Thurman, the prolific African American preacher and mystic lived to be 81 years old and prayed Psalm 139 every day of his adult life. Could you pray Psalm 139 every day for the rest of your life. Could you pray any scripture or prayer every day for the rest of your life?” Listen as Rev. Dr. Frank A. Thomas teaches us how we, too, can and should pray scripture for the rest of our lives.
“What is your one verse?”
Closing Song: Tauren Wells – Known (Official Lyric Video)
Closing Prayer: Father God, “You have searched me, Lord, and you know me. You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar. You discern my going out and my lying down you are familiar with all my ways. Before a word is on my tongue you, Lord, know it completely. You hem me in behind and before, and you lay your hand upon me. Such knowledge is too wonderful for me, too lofty for me to attain.” Psalm 139:1-6 (NIV) May Your hand always be upon me. May the Holy Spirit always guide me. In Jesus’ holy name I pray. Amen.
Epilogue: Casting Crowns – God of All My Days (Official Lyric Video)