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Romans 16:25-27, the call to worship for this Lord’s Day worship service, is really a remarkable doxology. Not only does this doxology ascribe to the only wise God the glory that is rightly his through Jesus Christ, but it, in the clearest possible terms, show that is by the preaching of Jesus Christ that God’s mighty saving grace has come to us: Now to him who is able to strengthen you according to my gospel and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery that was kept secret for long ages but has now been disclosed and through the prophetic writings has been made known to all nations, according to the command of the eternal God, to bring about the obedience of faith—to the only wise God be glory forevermore through Jesus Christ! Amen. There is so much here. This word of praise not only highly extols our God, but shows the universality of Christianity. We are not participants in some local cult. There are not many ways to God. There is but one, it is through the Gospel and our response, the obedience of faith. This was always the plan of the eternal God. Therefore, beloved, let us with joy come gather together this Lord’s Day to worship him for his wisdom and grace to us in Jesus Christ!
In the prayer service, we’ll continue our study of prayer in the book of Acts. We’ll also begin learning the Isaac Watts hymn, “How Sad Our State,” which is actually much more joyful than it its title would lead us to believe.
This Lord’s Day, we remember our Savior’s death for our sins as we gather around the Lord’s Table. The sermon will be from Psalm 90:1-4, a great psalm about our eternal God. There we see that, while we are finite and dying, our God is ever and always the eternal refuge of his people. From generation to generation he has always been the same God, saving us his people, who are mere pilgrims on earth. As we consider Moses’s inspired prayer, this will be our order of service:
Call to Worship: Romans 16:25-27
Hymn 374 [Red] Our God, Our Help in Ages Past Most people know this hymn by Watts as “O God, Our Help,” not “Our God, Our Help in Ages Past.” I recall first hearing this change years ago while listening to a sermon by A. W. Tozer when he insisted that “Our God” was the correct title for this hymn. The text is based on Psalm 90, and the words Our God captures the idea of the Psalm well, for Moses is indeed noting that the Lord is our God, the God of his people, and their eternal home. We rise and fade away. But God remains unchanging, and ever the same. He is, as Romans 16:26 puts it, the eternal God. This also comes up in the stanza: Before the hills in order stood or earth received its frame, from everlasting you are God, to endless years the same. The mountains can feel to us older than time itself. But God is still more permanent, the everlasting God. This great reality brings us tremendous comfort amidst all the troubles and changes of life. While men rise up and fade away, while we return to dust, God still is ever there, the living and abiding God. And this God is our God, as we have come to know him through our Lord Jesus Christ. [For more on Psalm 90, see this post on Ralph Vaughan Williams’s great musical setting of it.]
Congregational Reading: Psalm 39:4-8, 12-13
Scripture Reading: Daniel 1 & Ephesians 1:1-14
Hymn [Insert] Before the Throne of God Above
Sermon: Our Eternal God from Psalm 90:1-4
Hymn 127 [Blue] Hallelujah, What a Savior!
The Lord’s Table
Hymn 206 [Red] Father, We Thank Thee Who Hast Planted
In Sunday School, Eric White will teach the lesson: The Theology of Matthew: Jesus is the King.