Why, O Lord? (POHFW)

Preparing our Hearts to Worship

Why, O Lord?


In an effort to help you prepare for the November 20th, 2016, Sunday morning corporate worship gathering and to aid you in your own reflections on suffering, trials and difficulties, I wanted to pose a few questions and provide a few resources to prayerfully consider over the coming days. Our sermon is entitled, “Why, O Lord?”. The main Scriptures for the day is Psalm 22:1-5, Romans 5:3-5 and James 1:2-4. The other passages are either referenced in the message or provide additional insight for reflection.

(Pick and choose from the many resources and options, which I have tried to make available for your devotional life.)

From the Scriptures

Read and prayerfully reflect upon some or all of these Scriptures. Ask God to shape your life and your church’s life to match the heart of God:

Read or listen to Psalms 22:1-5, Romans 5:3-5, James 1:2-4.

(You can read or listen to all of these passages in a variety of translations at Bible.is.)


From the Creeds and Confessions

Heidelberg Catechism Q 27 & 28, 37 & 38.

Westminster Confession of Faith Chapter XXVI

Belgic Confession Article 26

Canons of Dordt Main Point 5 Article 12


From the songs, hymns and spiritual songs of the Church

No One Else Knows (Building429): Lyrics, Video

Cry out to Jesus (Third Day): Lyrics, Video

Cry of the Broken (Hillsong Live): Lyrics, Video

I still believe (Jeremy Camp): Lyrics, Video


For Thoughtful Reflection, Prayer, or further Study

Read and Reflect on Randy Alcorn’s How God uses suffering for his glory

Read and Reflect on Joseph Scheumann’s article Five Truths about Christian Suffering

Watch and Reflect The Story behind Rejoicing in Lament


The Sermon will be available online on November 20, 2016 at 12:30 pm.


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