Living in a Broken World

If Solomon has taught us anything in the first 7 chapters of Ecclesiastes, he has reminded us again and again that the world is broken and CAN NOT provide us with any meaning, joy, wisdom, or purpose in life.  He tells us from his own experience that any attempt to squeeze real meaning out of the things of this world is an exercise in futility.  He's also told us that the only way to make sense out of anything is to "fear God."  This week we'll continue to hear from Solomon as he shares more wisdom as to how to live in this broken world.  Please read Ecclesiastes 8:1-17 as you prepare for worship.

Also, remember that we'll be enjoying the means of grace at the Lord's Table this Sunday.  Use the following prayer as a way to prepare for this meal.  It comes from the collection of Puritan prayers in The Valley of Vision.

God of All Good, I bless thee for the means of grace; teach me to see in them thy loving purposes and the joy and strength of my soul.  Thou hast prepared for me a feast; and though I am unworthy to sit down as guest, I wholly rest on the merits of Jesus, and hide myself beneath his righteousness; When I hear his tender invitation and see his wondrous grace, I cannot hesitate, but must come to thee in love.  By thy Spirit enliven my faith rightly to discern and spiritually to apprehend the Saviour.  While I gaze upon the emblems of my Saviour's death, may I ponder why he died, and hear him say, "I gave my life to purchase yours, presented myself an offering to expiate your sin, shed my blood to blot out your guilt, opened my side to make you clean, endured your curses to set you free, bore your condemnation to satisfy divine justice."  O may I rightly grasp the breadth and length of this design, draw near, obey, extend the hand, take the bread, receive the cup, eat and drink, testify before all men that I do for myself, gladly, in faith, reverence and love, receive my Lord, to be my life, strength, nourishment, joy, delight.  In the supper I remember his eternal love, boundless grace, infinite compassion, agony, cross, redemption, and receive assurance of pardon, adoption, life, glory.  As the outward elements nourish my body, so may thy indwelling Spirit invigorate my soul, until that day when I hunger and thirst no more, and sit with Jesus at his heavenly feast.

Pray this and come hungry to enjoy our Savior Jesus!