Preparation for Worship for the Lord’s Day, January 21, 2018

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King David expresses his resolution to praise God before all men the world over in Psalm 108:3-4: I will give thanks to you, O LORD, among the nations, I will sing praises to you among the nations. For your steadfast love is great above the heavens; your faithfulness reaches to the clouds. David doesn’t keep his “light under a bushel.” He wants the praise of God to shine brightly. His praise is not reserved for the tabernacle or among other sons of Abraham. He is determined to praise God among the nations (he says it twice). David in this respect shares the same attitude as Moses, who was all too happy to sit down with his father-in-law Jethro and tell him all that God had done for him. Let’s embody the same attitude, and joyfully spread throughout this community all that God has done for us. And, as we gather this Lord’s Day, we’ll have the wonderful privilege of speaking of God’s greatness among ourselves.

In this Lord’s Day prayer service, we’ll return to Psalm 119. The hymn to introduce this service will be “Jerusalem, My Happy Home.”

This Sunday’s sermon will consider Exodus 18 and the account therein of Moses’s meeting with his father-in-law Jethro. The “Midianite priest” is presented as an important contrast with the malicious hostilities of the Amalekites at the end of chapter 17. Jethro is a good example of how all men ought to respond to God’s chosen people, and, even more importantly, how they ought to respond to the God who has “helped” (see v 4) the children of Abraham.

 

Worship Service

Call to Worship: Psalm 108:3-4

Hymn 310 [Red] Immortal, Invisible, God Only Wise

Congregational Reading: Psalm 102:12-22

Doxology: Doxology, Red 437

Hymn 267 [Red] When I Survey the Wondrous Cross

Ministry of Music: Lord, We Bow Before Your Glory

Prayer

Offering

Scripture Reading: Exodus 31 & John 20:19-31

Hymn 356 [Red] Jesus, Priceless Treasure

Sermon: Now I Know that the LORD is Greater from Exodus 18

Hymn 348 [Red] Come, Ye That Love the Lord This hymn by Isaac Watts testifies to the grace of God to his people, and bids them join in singing God’s praises. In the second stanza, we have another good expression illustrating what Moses did when he testified to Yahweh’s faithful deliverance to Jethro: Let those refuse to sing who never knew our God; but children of the heavenly King may speak their joys abroad. This should mark us. We ought to be people who are always ready to testify to the goodness of God we have personally experienced. We should be ready with a “personal testimony” to the watching world of all the precious benefits we have found in our Savior, Jesus Christ. As we do this, may God by his grace bring some men to rejoice with us, as Jethro did, and testify, “Now I know that the LORD is greater than all gods!” (Exod 18:11).

Prayer

Benediction

Eric White is teaching Sunday School this Sunday. His topic is Revelation 2 & 3.

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