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The Scripture calls all men and women to worship God through Jesus Christ. There are no exceptions to this rule. Nevertheless, there is a call for believers especially to worship him. Consider Colossians 3:1: If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. We do not always think of “seeking” as a term related to liturgy or worship. Yet to seek is raise one’s affections and direct them to an object outside of oneself that will bring the recipient joy and blessing. And in seeking one like Christ, there is in the very seeking an acknowledgment of the due worth and honor and glory of that one above ourselves. You cannot seek Christ rightly without worshipping him. And if there is any remaining doubt that the command to seek the things where Christ is pertains to worship, consider the old King James translation of the word behind seek: Set your affections on things above. To seek is to worship, to desire, to set our affections upon the person and work of Christ, especially as raised from the dead in his position of glory at the Father’s right hand. And this is especially true for us because we have been raised with Christ. Christ in his resurrection power has made us spiritually alive, and has given to us the promise of a bodily resurrection. So we seek him and the eternal things pertaining to him.
In the prayer service, we’re going to do something a little different. We’ll begin by singing “How Sad Our State” together, and then the choir will sing a Psalm. I’ll explain more what’s going on Sunday morning. If I have time, I’ll bring a lesson on prayer from the book of Acts.
In the sermon this Lord’s Day, we return to the closing verses of Psalm 90. In those verses, we see how a godly man seeks the Lord’s favor in light of the brevity and frailty of human existence. Moses begs the Lord to be gracious to his people despite their unworthiness. He knows that it is only the Lord who can help his people. When God “returns” to his people, Moses anticipates them rejoicing and being glad, which are the spiritual engines of worship through the Holy Spirit. We too stand only by the grace of God, and we too know the joy and gladness that has come through this grace. So may we worship.
Call to Worship: Colossians 3:1
Hymn 292 [Red] All Hail the Power
Congregational Reading: Psalm 43
Hymn 260 [Red] Jesus, Thy Blood and Righteousness
Hymn 328 [Red] The God of Abraham Praise (Stanzas 1, 3, 5-7, 11-12)
Scripture Reading: Daniel 4:1-18 & Ephesians 3
Hymn 266 [Red] Through Every Age, Eternal God
Sermon: The Covenant Love of God, Part 2 from Psalm 90:12-17
Hymn 66 [Blue] Jesus, Thou Joy of Loving Hearts As Moses seeks God’s grace, he affirms that Yahweh and his steadfast love satisfies those who believe in him (v 13). Bernard of Clairvaux affirms as much in this great old hymn when he writes, We taste Thee, O Thou living Bread, and long to feast upon Thee still; we drink of Thee, the Fountain-head, and thirst our souls from Thee to fill. God alone satisfies. When we have found him and his all-satisfying grace, we rest content in him. So, once again, turning to God through faith in Jesus Christ is the heart of wisdom.
In Sunday School, I will be teaching a lesson on The Theology of Mark.