Welcome Saints to the new format of Today’s Worship. Any comments and suggestions are welcome.
For the choir director: A psalm of David, to be accompanied by stringed instruments.
1 Answer me when I call to you,
O God who declares me innocent.
Free me from my troubles.
Have mercy on me and hear my prayer.
2 How long will you people ruin my reputation?
How long will you make groundless accusations?
How long will you continue your lies? Interlude
3 You can be sure of this:
The Lord set apart the godly for himself.
The Lord will answer when I call to him.
4 Don’t sin by letting anger control you.
Think about it overnight and remain silent. Interlude
5 Offer sacrifices in the right spirit,
and trust the Lord.
6 Many people say, “Who will show us better times?”
Let your face smile on us, Lord.
7 You have given me greater joy
than those who have abundant harvests of grain and new wine.
8 In peace I will lie down and sleep,
for you alone, O Lord, will keep me safe.
In working in customer service I talk to many people who are so angry. Some with good reason and some without. Some of them are just plain angry at life and the smallest thing will set them off. Uncontrolled anger is extremely destructive. Think of a bull in a china shop. I’ve seen it operate in my own life where the thought of the consequences of my actions escaped me until the anger passed. Praise God that the Lord has since given me a different spirit. I still get angry now and then, but not like I did when I was younger. What gets me angry now is sin and injustice. Anger also hurts those around you and drives them away. No one likes being around someone who is always angry or has an uncontrolled temper.
Is all anger destructive? No, because Paul commands us to “Be angry, and do not sin” (Eph. 4:26). This passage clearly makes a distinction between being angry and sinning. Actually, Paul is commanding us to be angry, thus revealing the fact that anger can be used in the life of a Christian without the necessity of falling into sin.
The Bible also teaches that "God is angry with the wicked everyday" (Psalms 7:11). Jesus also spoke to the religious leaders "…with anger, being grieved by the hardness of their hearts…" (Mark 3:5). In I Samuel 11:6, we also see that the fruit of the Holy Spirit coming upon Saul caused "his anger to be greatly aroused", which then motivated him to do God’s work.
Therefore, anger is an emotion that can be used in a constructive way if it is expressed in harmony with biblical principles. The problem is that many times anger is not expressed in a biblical way and results in great conflict between people.
The bible tells us in Ephesians 4:31 “Let all bitterness, wrath, anger, clamour, and evil speaking be put away from you, with all malice.” and again in Colossians 3:8 “But now you yourselves are to put off all these: anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy language out of your mouth.” Uncontrolled anger is a sin and needs to be turned from. It is only by submitting yourself to God’s Spirit and faithfully spending time in prayer and God’s word that anger is dealt with.
Anger is also a choice. You have the choice to get angry or to submit yourself to the Holy Spirit. The best thing you can do when you feel anger rising is to walk away and turn to God. Give His Spirit control and His peace will come in and give you a different perspective. A Spirit controlled person will never allow their emotions or anger to control them.
Need prayer? Please write me at firstname.lastname@example.org and it will be my pleasure.
Anger devours almost all other good emotions. It deadens the soul. It numbs the heart to joy and gratitude and hope and tenderness and compassion and kindness. – John Piper
Today’s Worship Songs
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Come Away – Jesus Culture
Save Me From My Self – Michael W. Smith
Understand – Jeremy Camp
What If His People Prayed – Casting Crowns
Alive Again – Matt Maher
On the Shores – Jonathan David and Melissa Helser.
Praise the King – Cindy Morgan
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The Servant’s House
LaSalle, Quebec, Canada