family devotion

Praying the psalms

READ ABOUT IT: Romans 8:31-39 & Psalm 44:1-26, Matthew 27:45-50 & Psalm 22:1-31


TALK ABOUT IT:

What is a hyperlink? How about a "rabbit hole?" Do you have a story about a time when you drove past something, heard a song or even smelled something from the kitchen that transported you or reminded you of another event? Sometimes certain smells remind us of grandmas house when we were kids, or songs on the radio take us back to that time with dad in the garage. What hyperlinks do you have in your life?


THINK ABOUT IT:

In Romans 8 and Matthew 27, Paul and Jesus are not merely quoting lines from famous songs. They are showing that Jesus is the answer to the questions and struggles of these Psalms. Even more, they are showing that the Psalms are more than songs and prayers—they point to a Savior who has over- thrown the power of sin, death, and the power of the devil.


Imagine you are at the foot of the cross and you heard Jesus cry out the words of Psalm 22:1. You know this Psalm well. You can’t help but start singing or reciting the rest. Now ask yourself, “Why was Jesus saying those words? Was it to cry out in his suffering—his real experience of being forsaken by God at that moment? Or was it a message to you?” The answer is ... both! Jesus was at the bottom. He had absolutely nothing left to give of himself. He had absolutely no earthly standing. He was in total despair. And he cries out.


But, as you finish the lyric, as you follow the hyperlink, you realize that Jesus—at the weakest point of his earthly life— was actually declaring victory. For you! He gave his everything for you. He gave his everything so you can believe in Jesus as your redeemer, your rescuer, your Savior from sin, death, and power of the devil.


In Jesus, these Psalms are now yours. He has brought you into the history of God’s people who have been crying out for a Savior for years upon years. He has brought you into the family of believers who have been given a Savior through his death and resurrection. The Psalms point you to God. Who will always love you, always forgive you, always give you hope in the promises of Jesus Christ.


TODAY'S PRAYER: 

You're encouraged to take prayer requests and pray one of the Psalms from the "READ ABOUT IT" above or find your own favorite Psalm to pray alongside of those requests this week.



MEMORY VERSE:

For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord." - Romans 8:38-39


This devotion is borrowed from LC-MS Youth and their bible study material for the 2019 National Youth Gathering.

sharefaith kids devotions

Studying God's Word is a lifelong endeavor as we learn more about the one who created, redeemed, and sanctifies us. We want to encourage families to grow together in their faith along this journey. 


Sharefaith Kids has some great resources that CC families are welcome to enjoy. Check out this week's story and the devotion that is available to you!


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A Note for Parents

Children are a gift from the Lord. The psalmist writes, "Sons are a heritage from the Lord, children a reward from Him" (Psalm 127:3). If you read this entire psalm, it speaks of the blessings God provides--home, security, food, and children. In particular, children are referred to as a heritage--gifts not possessions. And entrusted with these gifts, parents become stewards. 


What an awesome responsibility to nurture--to feed, nourish, sustain, maintain, cherish, and provide for these gifts from God. As parents provide for their material needs, it is essential that we also take into consideration their spiritual needs. It is indeed the work of the Holy Spirit to plant faith in the hearts of our children and to cause that faith to grow. But it is also an awesome privilege to be an instrument of the Holy Spirit, to hear the splash of baptismal water, and to trust in God's loving care and direction for our children as they grow. 


This note today is taken from the Arch Book Baby Jesus Visits the Temple by Alice Earnheart Maas.

Weekly DEVOTIONS

Each week, CYPRESS CHAPEL will provide you with a devotion to center additional thoughts around the lesson that was offered on Sunday.  You may want to return to some of these devotions throughout the year, or even share them with friends. 


Why are family devotions important? In recent years the responsibility to raise a child in the faith has been placed on the church (staff, programs, events); today we are seeing a steady decline in regular church membership as a result of this trend. The hope of CYPRESS CHAPEL is that parents and kids are able to openly talk about their faith with each other.