Before we sang "In Tenderness," we spent time thinking about how we not only call out to God in thankfulness, but we also cry out to Him for help. Check out the exhortation Pastor Daniel gave this past Sunday below.
"I recently heard someone talking about how all of our praying could be put into two categories...
God, thank you. God, please help.
Think about how often we say thank you to God in prayer. "Thank you for rescuing me from the domain of darkness. Thank you for redeeming me. Thank you for purchasing me with Your precious blood."
Don't we also cry out to God for help? "Father, I need a job. Please Help! My kids are driving me crazy. I can’t control my anger. I can’t control my lust. I need justice in this area. God, please help!"
But this isn't just a rhythm for our personal prayer life. This is also a rhythm in our corporate gatherings. Don’t we say this in our gathering week after week? We sing songs of praise. We say, "God, thank You for Salvation!"
But we also say, "Oh God, please help us grow." When we hear the word of God preached, don't you say to yourself, "God, my life doesn't look like what I'm hearing in your Word. Please help me grow. Please help me change to look more like Christ."
Before we sing about these themes, let's read about it in the Word of God from Psalm 28.
Lord, I call to you; my rock, do not be deaf to me. If you remain silent to me, I will be like those going down to the Pit. Listen to the sound of my pleading when I cry to you for help, when I lift up my hands toward your holy sanctuary.
Do not drag me away with the wicked, with the evildoers, who speak in friendly ways with their neighbors while malice is in their hearts. Blessed be the Lord, for he has heard the sound of my pleading.
The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and I am helped. Therefore my heart celebrates, and I give thanks to him with my song. The Lord is the strength of his people; he is a stronghold of salvation for his anointed. Save your people, bless your possession, shepherd them, and carry them forever.