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Hallwood Ecumenical Parish

Bethesda, Palace Fields & St. Mark’s, Beechwood

Church of England – Methodist – United Reformed Church

12 September 2021


Psalm 116:1-9

This is a great Psalm of encouragement for those who are struggling and in difficult situations. The writer is in a difficult place, full of fear and anxiety, the horrors of the grave are surrounding them, and they cry out to the Lord in all their anguish, begging God to save them. The Psalmist is praising God for all his goodness and we are told to be confident in God’s saving power.

But what happens when it seems God doesn’t take away our anxieties and fears? I imagine quite a few people have begged God to take away their anxiety and depression. I know from experience it can affect our daily lives and the way we connect with and worship God. However, if we look closely at the Psalm it doesn’t say exactly how the person was rescued.

The Casting Crowns song ‘Praise You in this storm’ says:

I was sure by now, God

You would have reached down and wiped our tears away,

stepped in and saved the day.

But once again I’ll say amen and it’s still raining…

….And I'll praise You in this storm and I will lift my hands

for You are who You are no matter where I am.

And every tear I've cried You hold in Your hand

You never left my side,

and though my heart is torn I will praise You in this storm.

Sometimes God doesn’t take the difficult situation away, but we can be reassured he is with us in the storm, the fear, anxiety, whatever it is we are facing. God knows what is in our hearts and he knows when we are struggling to worship, to hold onto His promises. But focusing on God and trying (not always succeeding) to praise can rescue us, and we can be confident that he will never leave us no matter how difficult the situation.


Rev’d Lisa



Sunday 12 September   10.30am               Morning Worship at Bethesda

                                                10.30am               Holy Communion at St. Mark’s

                                                  7.30pm               Online Evening Worship

Sunday 19 September   10.30am               Holy Communion at Bethesda

                                                10.30am               Morning Worship at St. Mark’s

                                                  7.30pm               Online Evening Worship

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