As Summitview’s sermon series on the life of David comes to a close, take a moment to consider where God has guided you on this journey.
As a church, we’ve been on a roller-coaster ride with David as we’ve studied his life over the past six months. The title of the series, Chasing Light, is an apt description of David’s life. David had a variety of seasons in his life: seasons of waiting, seasons of victorious battles, seasons of praise and seasons struggling with his sinful choices and their consequences. Despite his failings and flaws, he was called a man after God’s own heart. David was a man who kept chasing the Light, who kept pursuing God. Sometimes this came easily. At others it was a purposeful choice he made, despite his own discouragement or sin.
What has connected with your heart as you’ve listened to sermons, read blog posts and listened to songs inspired by this series? Often, we hear things in a sermon or read something in a blog post that resonates with us, but we don’t always have time to engage with that truth, challenge or encouragement. We may think, “That is something I would like to incorporate into my life or engage with more deeply,” but then that thought gets swallowed up in everyday life.
So, as this series comes to a close, we’d like to remind you of where we’ve been. Our hope is that this reminder can become an opportunity to purposefully take time to incorporate a new practice in your life, or to set aside time to listen or read, write or worship.
If your desire is to set aside time to worship through music or to engage directly with some of David’s Psalms, check out Summitview Music’s album, Chasing Light. The full album is available on Spotify, Apple Music, Amazon Music and Google Play Music.
If you need reminders to rest in God, whether in a season of waiting or busyness, take a few minutes to re-read these blog posts—“The Seasons of our Discontent,” “A Time for Efficiency, a Time for Beauty”—and re-listen to Nathan Hrouda’s sermon from October 7, “Waiting on the Lord,” or Perry Paulding’s sermon from September 9, “God’s Anointed Leader.”
If you need assurance that it is good and right to weep when God walks you through hard things, the fairy tales discussed in this post will remind you that God’s story begins and ends in joy. Travis Swan’s sermon from November 18, “You Have Made Us See Hard Things,” will also help you be honest with God about your trials.
If you your emotions were moved by David’s songs of praise, set aside some time to engage with poetry. For those looking for poetry to read, these recommendations can get you going in the right direction—as will Aaron Ritter’s sermon from September 30, “The Psalmist.” And if you want to try writing poetry or journaling through your emotions, Aaron Paulding’s piece, “Engineers Can Be Poets, Too,” is a great place to start (and an absolutely delightful read).
If you were inspired by David’s ability to be real and vulnerable with others and want more of that in your own life, read and put into practice these two simple questions, then listen to John Larsen’s sermon from November 4, “The King Who Danced.”
If you need reminders of God’s purpose for your life when you feel broken and less-than, read Trisha Swift’s post on Mephibosheth and The Butterfly Circus, a short film about the power of grace. And in the very first sermon in this series, way back on August 19, Pastor Swan talked about how God chooses people who make a mess of things.
May these resources help you to continue to chase the Light.