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This Lord’s Day, Scripture again calls us to worship, this time from Psalm 57:9-11:  I will give thanks to you, O Lord, among the peoples; I will sing praises to you among the nations.  For your steadfast love is great to the heavens, your faithfulness to the clouds.  Be exalted, O God, above the heavens! Let your glory be over all the earth! (ESV) Yahweh, the God of Israel, is not a parochial deity. He is not a regional god. The last line says it well: Let your glory be over all the earth. I always smile at Scriptures like these. I wonder, did David know that there would be a small group of believers all the way across the world in rural Minnesota devoted to his greater Anointed Son? Because God’s glory has reached all over the earth, even to us. We have seen it in Jesus Christ, the son of David. And now, because of this marvelous unfolding of God’s sovereign plan in saving the nations through Jesus Christ in human history, David literally, though dead, still, now three thousand years later, does the very thing he purposed in verse 9: I will give thanks to you, O Lord, among the peoples; I will sing praises to you among the nations. We are the peoples, we are the nations, before whom David still exalts the true God. We ourselves have tasted the great and abundant steadfast love (v 8) of God that overwhelms all who know it. This Lord’s Day, as gather together in the name of Jesus Christ, let us make David’s intention our own. Let us give thanks, sing praises, exalt in God’s steadfast love, and exalt and glorify God above all.
As we gather for prayer in the prayer service this Lord’s Day, I will return to the Hannah’s prayer in 1 Sam 2. We’ll sing “The Son of God Goes Forth to War” again (Red 282).
The subject of this Sunday’s sermon, “Send Someone Else” (from Exod 4:13), is Moses’s final three remarks to God on Mt Sinai in Exodus 4. We see in Moses a fear and unbelief before God’s amazing plan of redemption. And, being a man of flesh and blood very much like us, Moses halters and sways at the prospect and especially his own involvement in it. As Moses raises objections to God’s plan to fulfill his promise to redeem Abraham’s seed from Egypt, God patiently responds with affirmations of his own omnipotent ability to do all that needs to be done. Do you ever find yourself afraid to be used by God to do great things? Do you ever find yourself halting to obey God’s will for you? If we’re honest, I think we all do. In such cases, we need to see why God is trustworthy. We’ll consider that great truth this Sunday.
Call to Worship: Psalm 57:9-11
Hymn 73 [Blue] May Jesus Christ Be Praised
Congregational Reading: Psalm 57:1-5
Doxology: Doxology, Red 437
Hymn 317 [Red] O Love, How Deep, How Broad, How High!
Hymn 326 [Red] Rejoice–the Lord is King!
Scripture Reading: Exodus 6:1-13 & John 3:1-21
Hymn 92 [Red] O Lord, My God, Most Earnestly
Sermon: Send Someone Else from Exodus 4:1-17
Hymn 167 [Red] Lord, from the Depths to Thee I Cried This selection is the Scottish Psalter’s versified version of Psalm 130, a beautiful Psalm of confession. I chose it because of the great longsuffering God showed to Moses in our passage. In the face of Moses’s great anxiety and feelings of inadequacy, God does at one point get angry. Yet God mercifully works with his servant and strengthens him in his calling, despite his crippling apprehensions at the prospect of walking in the force of the storm and conflict. It is a sweet reminder of how forgiving God is, described well in this Psalm: Lord, who shall stand, if Thou, O LORD, shouldst mark iniquity? But yet with Thee forgiveness is, that feared Thou mayest be.
Conservative Declaration 8: Art 11 & 12, taught by Eric White