A powerful sermon inspired by God will end on a high note. Do you question God? My central idea is that we keep focus on God “to never lose faith”, but most of all we are to never lose our praise. It is amazing what preachers can learn from the congregation. The people in the pews will let you know if a sermon speaks to them or not. The people are more than our audiences but God’s people. A congregation that need to hear from God. God speaks through sermons that not only to our hearts but minds. Often time’s people say they want sermons to end on a high note!
“What does that really mean to end a sermon on a high note?” “Is it biblically correct?” Is it advantageous for us to preach sermons that focus on what people want to hear? Are preachers a distraction from the Word of God to give a performance that makes people feel good and not remember the sermon? Or, “Do we preach to the heart or mind or both”? My pastor mentor told me ending a sermon on a high note is traditionally an African-American view from the pew. Many prefer preachers to end a sermon on a high note. I have observed that it is more important for some people to feel good than prepare their hearts, minds, and spirits for serving Christ. We are to celebrate Christ by living a worshipful life by retaining what we heard from the sermon between Mondays to Saturday. No woman or man should seek to have control over our emotions. We are to seek change to glorify and to praise Christ! We must prepare to come to church with praise in our hearts because the Word of God during the week speaks life. Our spirits are lifted high because of Jesus the Christ who is to be the only exalted one.
In today’s tough times many people are hurting partly because they do not exalt Christ. We are not to rely on what we see, feel and hear. Yes, there are injustices in the church and world (i.e. wars, famine, poverty, no cure for certain sickness and diseases, etc.) and we have no answers why God allows certain events to take place. However, I know that God makes no mistakes and is in control of the heavens, earth, principalities that includes us in the Church.
Again, a sermon that has depth conveys sound doctrine. A sermon should not focus on emotionalism but speaks to both the heart and mind. A sermon should speak to the person issue in life. A sermon is to edify and build up people to glorify Christ not discourage them from coming to Christ.
This powerful book of Habakkuk speaks to enduring faith through current life circumstances. It speaks to God’s empowering presence and how God is in control of our lives. It speaks to the reality that we who question God have a deeper faith. Although, many times God will not respond to us in ways that we understand. Sometimes it causes us a painful reaction thinking we were not heard but God does not ignored our question. In actuality God hears, sees, knows what we face everyday. Even in the most difficulty of times if we wait on God, God will sustains us. “For the just lives by her or his faith.” With faith in God will help us to overcome any self-defeating obstacles and during tumultuous times. We must remember that it is not our plan but God’s plan that we trust.
Remember, God told Habakkuk to “write the vision and make it plain”. The word speaks in the Hebrew imagine a runner with an important message will arrive on time. “That he may run who reads it. For the vision is yet for an appointed time; but at the end it will speak, and it will not lie. Though it tarry wait for it; because it will surely come and it will not tarry.” (Habakkuk 2:3-4) Chapter three is actually a hymn of praise to God. I am convinced in this case that ending on a high note is keeping in the context of the text as Habakkuk did humbly worship an awesome God who controls and sustains life. We are encouraged to not lose faith in God. We are to avoid depending on ourselves and what we see, feel, or hear. Even if no blossom on the fig tree, no fruit on the trees, if labor of the olive fail; no food in fields, no flocks and herd. “Yet I will rejoice in the Lord. I will joy in the God of my salvation.” (Habakkuk 3:17-18) Sister Tramaine Hawkins song “I never lost my praise,” lyrics also say “I never lost my hope, my joy, my faith but most of all I never lost my praise”!
Jesus has anointed believers to preach the gospel to the poor, heal the brokenhearted, proclaim liberty to captives, to set the captives free, release the prisoners, recovery of sight of the blind, and let the oppressed go free.” (Luke 4:18)