Psalm 7:12 says, “If a man does not repent, God will whet his sword; he has bent and readied his bow.” The Lord God we serve is one who is angry with sinners. This is an uncomfortable yet vital truth. The truth is vital for, if we miss it, we misunderstand and distort both the depth of God’s grace and the sublime majesty of his glory. This truth is uncomfortable, for we all deserve God’s anger. We are among the sinners. We deserve to have our lives trampled to the ground, for we have wrong in our hands (cf. Psa 7:5). But we have taken refuge in the Lord. God has saved us by the one who knew no sin, nor had any guile in his mouth—Jesus Christ the righteous. That God has saved us by his grace is why we gather with joy every Lord’s Day to worship him. The uncomfortable truth that we are sinners, when set beside the fact that we are justified and sanctified by the saving work of his own Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, makes God’s glory especially precious. As those who know this, let us gather together with joy ready to magnify the God who saves. In the words of our call to worship, also from Psalm 7, I will give to the Lord the thanks due his righteousness. This is the response of all those who know what it is to be saved by the God who satisfied his own wrath out of the abundance of his grace in Jesus Christ our Lord.
In the prayer service, we will consider a Scripture from Psalm 119. We will begin our service with the hymn we have been learning this month, “Jesus, Thy Boundless Love to Me.”
In the sermon this Sunday, we will be looking at the final four verses of 1 Corinthians 14. It is exciting to be concluding another chapter, and to be on the cusp of the great truths of the “resurrection chapter,” 1 Corinthians 15. Still, there is great truth in the passage we will take up this Sunday. In it, we especially see the glories of how the Spirit works in believers to receive and recognize the Scriptures as the Word of God. This Sunday, as we gather together, come remembering that when you hear the Scriptures faithfully preached, you are hearing the very Word of God. You are hearing from God. My job is to be Christ’s spokesman to you. As I faithfully accomplish this, you are to fulfill your responsibility: recognize the preached Word to be God’s Word and submit in obedience to that Word. One ramification of this mindset is that we immediately see that the preaching of God’s Word is an act of worship, for as we hear preaching, we are attending to what God has said to us in devotion and submission.
This is the service order for this coming Sunday:
Call to Worship: Psalm 7:17
Hymn 28 [Blue] Holy God, We Praise Thy Name This beautiful hymn of adoration to the Triune God is derived from the ancient Latin hymn known as the Te Deum. This hymn captures presents God highly enthroned in heaven receiving the worship of his people. As the hymnist describes the holy creatures, he eventually brings us to join with the glad praises of the Holy Trinity. At the same time, the hymn quietly teaches us the significance and authority of the apostles in Christ’s church, something taught in our passage this morning (1 Cor 14:37): “Lo, the apostolic train joins thy sacred name to hallow; prophets swell the glad refrain, and the white-robed martyrs follow; and, from morn to set of sun, thru the Church the song goes on.” Those who are true believers recognize and submit to the authority of Christ’s apostles, as their writings have been canonized in the Holy Scriptures, because they have written to us the very commands of Christ. What a joy it is to agree with their words, and to join them in their praises of Jesus, the Father, and the Holy Spirit.
Congregational Reading: Psalm 7:1, 6-11
Doxology: Doxology, Red 437
Hymn 260 [Red] Jesus, Thy Blood and Righteousness
Hymn [Insert] O for a Thousand Tongues to Sing
Scripture Reading: Job 14 & Mark 2:1-12
Hymn 338 [Red] A Mighty Fortress Is Our God
Sermon: The Commands of the Lord from 1 Corinthians 14:37-40
Hymn 172 [Blue] O Word of God Incarnate
In Sunday School, I will teach on the Family Life of Jonathan Edwards.