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We have spent the past few weeks in Psalm 90, which extols the Eternal God who is for his people “a dwelling place in all generations.” This same emphasis on the covenantal love and eternity of God is found in Psalm 41:13, the call to worship for this coming Lord’s Day: “Blessed be the LORD, the God of Israel, from everlasting to everlasting. Amen and Amen.” The LORD is at once the God of his people and the God who is from everlasting to everlasting. The eternity of God makes him most trustworthy. He is our home because he is God and eternal. To have communion with God is a rare and peculiar pleasure in itself, but the joy is even keener when we remember the splendorous attributes of this God. He is a God who is tender in love and almighty in power. He is a God who provides his own Son as an offering for sin to justify sinners and a God who is matchless in holy righteousness. Not only do we know this everlasting God through Jesus Christ, he is our refuge and home in Christ. And so let us prepare ourselves to unite our voices in the praise of a thankful blessing to this God who is both loving and eternal.
In the prayer service, we’ll look at another instance of prayer in the book of Acts. We’ll sing the hymn we’ve been learning this month, “How Sad Our State.”
The sermon last Lord’s Day looked at the sin of man and the wrath of God in Psalm 90:5-11. Now, we return to Moses’s prayer for a third sermon, this time considering the covenant love of God. The Scriptures are clear concerning our sinfulness and the just deserts of this sinfulness, death. This grim reality may be considered by some today to be politically incorrect or even offensive, but God’s Word does not stop there. Instead, it only presents the reality of our sin and God’s wrath in order to warn men and call them to eternal life through repentance and faith in Jesus Christ. We see this saving grace of God in the final six verses of Psalm 90. Moses is not content to leave the matter in our futility from sin, but he desires to show how it is that God is the eternal home of his people.
Call to Worship: Psalm 41:13
Hymn 322 [Red] Praise to the Lord, the Almighty
Congregational Reading: Psalm 41:4-5, 8-12
Hymn 358 [Red] Jesus, Lover of My Soul
Hymn 189 [Red] The Eyes of All upon Thee Wait
Scripture Reading: Daniel 2:17-49 & Ephesians 2:1-10
Hymn 374 [Red] Our God, Our Help in Ages Past Last week I commented on our use of this hymn and additional verses by Isaac Watts that correspond to the test of Scripture for last week’s message. This week, I am doing the same thing, this time providing in the bulletin the verses by Watts that summarize the teaching in vv12-17. Watts gets at the sense of the passage well. Consider, for example, his paraphrase of v13, which the ESV translates, “Return, O LORD! How long? Have pity on thy servants!” which Watts paraphrases, “Return, O God of love, return; earth is a tiresome place: how long shall we, Thy children, mourn our absence from Thy face?” Briefly, I especially love two things about Watts’s poetry here. First, he picks up on Moses’s use of Yahweh for the name of God in v 13, which he, knowing how that name of God reflects (among other things) that God keeps his promises to his people, renders in the stanza, “O God of love.” Second, Watts turns the Scripture phrase, “How long” to a remark on earth’s tiresomeness. “Earth is a tiresome place: how long . . . ,” Watts writes. That we cry “how long” to God reflects that believers grow weary of this world and long for God instead.
Sermon: The Covenant Love of God from Psalm 90:12-17
Hymn 74 [Red] I Waited for the Lord
After the fellowship meal, we will hold our Quarterly Business Meeting.