Terminated Worship Pastor Lament

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Terminated Worship Pastor Lament

 

Clear my name, God; stick up for me

against these loveless, immoral people.

Get me out of here, away

from these lying degenerates.

I counted on you, God.

Why did you walk out on me?

Why am I pacing the floor, wringing my hands

over these outrageous people?

 

Give me your lantern and compass,

give me a map,

So I can find my way to the sacred mountain,

to the place of your presence,

To enter the place of worship,

meet my exuberant God,

Sing my thanks with a harp,

magnificent God, my God.

 

Why are you down in the dumps, dear soul?

Why are you crying the blues?

Fix my eyes on God –

soon I’ll be praising again.

He puts a smile on my face.

He’s my God.

  Psalm 43 - The Message – Eugene H. Peterson

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  1. Posted by David Atkins on 16.04.14 at 11:35 am

    Breaks my heart for those who would need to invoke such a lament.

  2. Posted by Gary on 16.04.14 at 11:35 am

    Bro. David,
    I think those of us who have been in leadership positions for any length of time can somewhat relate to the spiritual agony you are experiencing right now but there is good news! It’s surface and temporary. Tony Greene was speaking at a concert and talking about the song “I can’t even walk” and he said this ” sometimes God has to give us a test in order for us to have a testimony. And remember the words of Isaiah those that WAIT on The Lord….I think you are doing the right thing by crying out to God but never think He has left you my brother. He will never leave us. We all go they periods where it feels like we were never saved, we have been left to fend for ourselves, this is when our faith should kick in and fight the enemy. We know this and we can tell thus to others and even I know that when it comes to practicing myself, it’s not as easy as it sounds. Let’s pray that God will make this a speedy recovery and that His Spirit will be with you until you are settled in a new place or this situation is worked out….
    Dear Lord,
    We come to you with thankful hearts for all the things you have done for us and all you are going to do. We thank you most for salvation. We also thank you for your Spirut that Comforts us every day. I ask you now Lord to come on the scene and bless bro David as he is battling this problem at his current assignment. Father, he has given his life to serve you and promote the kingdom, and we know when we are doing you will the enemy try’s to destroy our testimony. God I ask in Christ name that you put a hedge around Bro David and silence the ones who are allowing Saran to use them in this situation. God we love you, we praise you, and we believe that you are going to take care of this and make bro David victorious in Christ name,
    Amen

  3. Posted by David Manner on 16.04.14 at 11:35 am

    Gary,

    I was actually posting this Psalm paraphrase from Eugene Peterson not in response to a season I am personally going through but for those numerous worship pastors who are going through, have gone through or will go through those dark times in their ministries. Your words, however, are so very pastoral that I wanted to include them so that they might be an encouragement to those of our colleagues who are hurting. Thank you, my friend for a timely response that will definitely offer hope to others.

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