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This Lord’s Day we observe Communion in the morning worship service.
Psalm 47 is a Psalm of the great joy of a people delivered by a sovereign God. The Sons of Korah are overrun with joy because of what God has done for them: Clap your hands all peoples! Shout to God with loud sons of joy! When you have been redeemed from slavery and oppression and sin by the Most High God, the great king of all the earth, you can’t help but clap your hands and shout for joy! Yet look at who these Israelites call to worship their LORD: all peoples. They want the Gentiles to join them in worshipping the LORD. In fact, this call to worship is like our call to worship—it is a warning to the nations. If they do not worship the LORD now, they will experience his judgment. Verse 3 says, He subdued peoples under us, and nations under our feet. At the end of the Psalm, verses 8-9 are similar: God reigns over the nations. … The shields of the earth belong to God. So when we are called to worship, know that it ought to be our joy to worship the LORD now, and if we refuse to do so, it will be our great sorrow hereafter. Now is the time to bend your knee to the true and living God.
In the prayer service, we will return to the book of Acts and the great theme of prayer. The hymn we’ll be learning during the month of December is “Lift Up Your Heads” (Red 224).
In the sermon this Lord’s Day, we look at our God’s skillful providence at work in marvelous ways to produce a deliverer for his people. In a series of extraordinary events, the Lord spares a Hebrew boy in order to save a whole nation. These are the kinds of wondrous works of an Almighty God that causes his people to “Clap your hands, all peoples! Shout to God with loud songs of joy!”
Call to Worship: Psalm 47:1-2
Hymn 227 [Red] O Come, O Come, Emmanuel
Congregational Reading: Psalm 47:3-9
Doxology: Diademata, Red 293
Scripture Reading: Daniel 7:15-28 & Ephesians 6:1-9
Hymn 225 [Red] Savior of the Nations, Come If the birth of Moses is a demonstration of God’s great works on behalf of his people, so how much more is the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ? He is the one who is of greater glory than Moses (Heb 3:3). The people of Israel waited for over four hundred years for Moses to deliver them out of the land of Egypt, and then their eyes turned to that prophet greater than Moses who would come and bring salvation. This longing, as well as the miraculous works of God in sending his Son, is captured well in the first stanza of this hymn: Savior of the nations, come, virgin’s Son, make here Thy home! Marvel now, O heaven and earth, that the Lord chose such a birth.
Sermon: Faith in an Unpredictable God from Exodus 2:1-10
Hymn 241 [Red] Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence
The Lord’s Table
Hymn 127 [Blue] Hallelujah, What a Savior!
In Sunday School, Eric White will teach an Introduction to John’s Gospel.