Preparation for Worship for the Lord’s Day, February 19, 2017

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In Psalm 54:6-7, we see again David’s great love for the Lord. His promise to worship God is found in v 6: With a freewill offering I will sacrifice to you; I will give thanks to your name, O LORD, for it is good. In the context, David is difficult straights against King Saul. He had found his location betrayed to Saul by the Ziphites. With such deadly peril surrounding him, David calls out that God would rescue him. His faith that God will hear his prayer is found in v 4: Behold, God is my helper; the Lord is the upholder of my life. Knowing that God will answer, he promises to return worship to God for his grace. That’s where verses 6-7 come in, the passage that serves as our call to worship. Verse 6 ties nicely in with the sermon on Sunday as well, for we see David specifically praising the name of Yahweh, exclaiming, for it is good. This name, which represents the essence of who God is, is the same name God revealed to Moses at Sinai. The God who delivers the people of Israel is the same God David cries to for help several centuries later, and still, David finds sweet the name of the LORD, the covenant God of Israel.

In the prayer service, we will look at a portion of 2 Sam 7:18-29 and David’s prayer of gratitude to God when God made his covenant with him. We will begin the service by singing again, “Lo, He Comes with Clouds Descending.”

The sermon this Sunday is again from Exodus 3:10-15. This Sunday, we look at the sign God gives Moses that he has really sent Moses to deliver the Israelites from the hand of Pharaoh. We will also consider the name the Lord gives Moses in answer to the man of God’s second question. As we consider who God is, the text gives us more reasons to trust God when he asks us to do impossible things.

Worship Service

Call to Worship: Psalm 54:6-7

Hymn 322 [Red] Praise to the Lord, the Almighty

Congregational Reading: Psalm 54:1-4

Doxology: Gloria Patri, Red 436

Hymn 38 [Red] The LORD’s My Shepherd, I’ll Not Want As I said above, in Exodus 3:14-15, the Lord reveals to Moses his name Yahweh, and in connection with his divine name, his essential nature. I will explain in the sermon how the name Yahweh is a testament to God’s self-existence and the covenantal presence of that being with his chosen people. This encounter really has great significance in the history of the true God’s relation to the chosen people, for God’s people will thereafter use this name for their God above all others. One such instance is in Psalm 23, of which this hymn is a paraphrase. The key is right in the title, which Cantus Christi helpfully puts in small caps to show that in the original Psalm David used the name Yahweh, or the Lord, to speak of the God who was his shepherd. The LORD is more than the God who is. He is our Shepherd who addresses all our needs. This is the God of whom the hymn sings, Goodness and mercy all my days shall surely follow me: And in God’s house forevermore my dwelling place shall be.

Hymn 175 [Red] Praise God, for He is Kind

Prayer

Offering

Scripture Reading: Exodus 4:1-17 & John 1:19-42

Hymn 88 [Red] Be Gracious unto Me, O God

Sermon: The Sacred Name, Part 2 from Exodus 3:10-15

Hymn 75 [Blue] Abide with Me

Prayer

Benediction

In Sunday School, I will be teaching on article 7 of the Conservative Christian Declaration.