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The opening 29th Psalm is like our doxology. In our doxology, we command “ye heavenly hosts” to “praise him above.” In like manner, David begins Psalm 29 with a word to the angels, the “heavenly hosts” who throng around the throne of God:
Ascribe to the LORD, O heavenly beings,
ascribe to the LORD glory and strength.
Ascribe to the LORD the glory due his name;
worship the LORD in the splendor of holiness.
When we worship the Triune God, we join these angels and saints in glory in praising God. They are in the presence of God and of the Lamb, and their song is ever filled with blessing and honor to the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit (see Rev 4-5). Our hymns and anthems sweetly mix with theirs in giving to God the glory due his name. And as our earthly hymns join with theirs, so theirs join with ours, and there is thus in a Christian worship a little taste of “heaven on earth.” Yet even more than that, the heaven-ascended Son of God is with us when we worship.
I hope you’ll make the prayer service a priority this Lord’s Day. We are singing Holy Trinity (Gray 4) to start things off.
In the worship service, Luke draws our attention to Jesus’s ministry in Capernaum. Just as we saw in Nazareth, the ministry of Jesus is centered in preaching. Yet Jesus is given a better welcome in Capernaum than he was in Nazareth. We also behold Jesus doing his first miracles in the Gospel of Luke. The account begins to teach us even more about our Lord, and especially his God-given authority. His authority was like no other’s, and it is something that we ought to still appreciate and marvel at.
Call to Worship: Psalm 29:1-2
Hymn 302 [Gray] A Mighty Fortress is Our God In our text for Sunday, Jesus powerfully casts a demon out of a possessed man. It a stunning display of Christ’s power over Satan and an all-too real world of evil spirits. A Mighty Fortress is certainly Martin Luther’s best-known hymn. The hymn is actually a paraphrase of Psalm 46. Yet the Reformer touched on this authority of Christ over the spiritual world: And though this world with devils filled, should threaten to undo us, we will not fear, for God has willed His truth to triumph through us. The prince of darkness grim, we tremble not for him; his rage we can endure, for lo! His doom is sure; on little word will fell him. These truths are illustrated especially well in our passage from Luke.
Congregational Reading: Psalm 29:4-9
Doxology: Gloria Patri, Red 436
Hymn 149 [Gray] Alas and Did My Savior Bleed
Hymn 288 [Red] All Creatures of Our God and King
Scripture Reading: Isaiah 2 & Galatians 4:21-31
Hymn 74 [Red] I Waited for the Lord
Sermon: His Word Possessed Authority from Luke 4:31-33
Hymn 142 [Gray] My Song is Love Unknown
In Sunday School, Eric White will preach on 1 Timothy 4:6-11.