One of my favorite verses, Psalm 2:10-12, is used in the Scripture’s call to worship this coming Lord’s Day. I believe verse 11 especially captures the mixture of reverence and abundant joy in worship: Serve the Lord with fear, and rejoice with trembling. There is the beautiful symmetry of overflowing joy in God (“with fear,” “with trembling”) and the happy splendor of transcendent God’s glory (“rejoice”). All this is in the context of worship, as the imperative verb serve implies. In our worship we are busy in the holy liturgy of the divine service in Christ. Moreover, this verse is directed to the highest of men, as verse 10 states: Now therefore, O kings, be wise; be warned, O rulers of the earth. Best of all, this verse is fundamentally about the son of David, the Anointed one, who is the Lord Jesus Christ (“his Anointed,” v. 2; “I have set my King on Zion,” v. 6; “You are my Son, today I have begotten you,” v. 7). This is the “Son” we are to pay homage to with a humble “kiss.” And as for our glorious Lord, he it is of whom it may truly be confessed: “Blessed are all those who take refuge in him” (v. 12). With such a call to worship God in Christ, let us gladly “serve the Lord with fear, and rejoice with trembling.” We worship the true God in his Son.
This Sunday in the prayer service, we will look at the intensity of our Lord’s prayers to his Father in the hours before his crucifixion from Luke 22. We will spend this month getting to know the hymn we’ll be singing this Sunday in that service, no. 232 in the Red hymnal, “From Heaven Above to Earth I Come.”
In the worship service this Sunday, we will gather around the Table of our Lord and remember our Savior’s death for our sins. In addition to this, we will look at the importance of maturing spiritually by carefully heeding the Word of God. The hymns for Sunday are organized around the themes of advent and Christ’s redemption for our sins.
Call to Worship: Psalm 2:10-12
Hymn 241 [Red] Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence
Congregational Reading: Psalm 2:1-9
Doxology: Doxology, Red 283
Scripture Reading: Job 8 & 2 Corinthians 11:16-33
Hymn 225 [Red] Savior of the Nations, Come
Sermon: Listen to the Lord from 1 Corinthians 14:20-23
Hymn [Insert] O Lord, How Shall I Greet Thee? As we remember our Lord’s death in the symbols of broken body and atoning blood, this hymn by the great German Lutheran pastor and hymnist Paul Gerhardt is a great reflection of Christ’s redeeming love during the weeks of advent. The third verse “Love caused your incarnation; love brought you down to me. Your thirst for my salvation procured my liberty. Oh, love beyond all telling, that led you to embrace in love, all love excelling, our lost and fallen race.” This love is beautifully set before us in the bread and the cup.
The Lord’s Table
Hymn 425 [Red] The Song of Simeon
In Sunday School, I will teach on Jonathan Edwards’s Religious Affections.