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What Christian doesn’t resonate with the words of Psalm 40:16? As for me, I am poor and needy, but the Lord takes thought for me. This Lord’s Day, as we gather for worship, we consider in the morning message the middle portion of Psalm 90, a passage that boldly confesses our mortal futility that has come upon men because of the fall. Moses pulls no punches in his remarks, and the description is not pretty. And yet we know that, though God hates our sin, and though our “poor and need” lives bear the marks of this sin, the Lord takes thought for me. The result of this grace is worship. This is reflected in the preceding verse in Psa 40: But may all who seek you rejoice and be glad in you; may those who love your salvation say continually, “Great is the Lord!”
In the prayer service, we will look at the next instance of prayer in the book of Acts. We will begin the service reviewing the hymn, “Christ is Made Our Sure Foundation.”
The sermon this Sunday is the second of three on Moses’s masterpiece, Psalm 90:5-11. These seven verses expand on verse 3: You return man to dust and say, “Return, O children of man!” The Scripture is sobering, noting our futility and the wrath of God upon us for sin. Such a message would be absolutely devastating if it were not for the fact that the truth of v 1 was not more solid and stable: Lord, you have been our dwelling place in all generations. The hymns of this service reflects these themes. We praise our unchanging God with “Immortal, Invisible.” We use two different settings of Psalm 90. We praise the “eternal God” with “Now Thank We All Our God.” And we remember how Christ showed us love “while we were sinking down beneath God’s righteous frown” with the hymn, “What Wondrous Love.”
Call to Worship: Psalm 40:16-17
Hymn 310 [Red] Immortal, Invisible, God Only Wise
Congregational Reading: Psalm 40:1-5
Hymn 266 [Red] Through Every Age, Eternal God
Hymn 283 [Red] Now Thank We All Our God
Scripture Reading: Daniel 2:1-16 & Ephesians 1:15-23
Hymn 374 [Red] Our God, Our Help in Ages Past This Sunday we sing “Our God, Our Help in Ages Past” for a second week in a row. Of course, this is Isaac Watts’s own rendering of this great psalm. Yet, instead of singing all the stanzas normally printed in our hymnal, we will visit verses very rarely sung by Christians today. When Isaac Watts paraphrased this psalm, he did not stop with either “Time like an ever flowing stream” or the second “Our God, Our Help” verses. This would have left some thirteen verses of Scripture undone! Instead Watts composed several more stanzas representing the continuing ideas Moses wrote. So, this Lord’s Day, we will sing several of Watts’s stanzas from Psalm 90 that parallel the text for the sermon, vv. 5-11. Consider, for example, verse 9 and then Watts’s rendering of it: Psa 90:9: “For all our days pass away under your wrath; we bring our years to an end like a sigh.” Watts: “Life, like a vain amusement, flies, a fable or a song; by swift degrees our nature dies, nor can our joys be long.”
Sermon: The Sin of Man & the Wrath of God from Psalm 90:5-11
Hymn 335 [Red] What Wondrous Love is This?
In Sunday School, I will be teaching an introduction to the Gospel of Mark.