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Doxology is inexorably linked to morality. You cannot pretend to love the true God and yet break his rules. You cannot be devoted to praising Jesus Christ and yet do what you know angers him. To love God is to love what he says, even when he speaks to men and women with his authoritative ought. When we turn away from God’s rules, it shows that our professed devotion to him is weak, broken, or—devastatingly—a lie. This coupling of worship and godly living is found in our call to worship this Lord’s Day, taken from Psalm 119:108: Accept my freewill offerings of praise, O LORD, and teach me your rules. The man of God is devoted to worshipping Yahweh—he freely and voluntarily brings to God costly sacrifices simply to declare the greatness of his God. He is clearly a man who loves his God. We see that not only here, but in multiple dozens of the sweet lines of Psalm 119. And, as a man who loves his God, he wants to practice God’s commands: teach me your rules, he says. This too is worship. To love God’s word, and to love it to such an extent that you ask God to teach it to you in a way that you habitually practice it in your life, is a way of saying that God is great. This is the prayer of the Psalmist. And this is our prayer each time we gather on the first day of the week to worship the Triune God through Jesus Christ. We now only bring our worship and praise, but we seek, out of that same heart of worship and adoration, that God would teach us his rules.
In the prayer service, I will teach one final time from 1 Thessalonians 1:2-3. To begin the service, we’ll review the hymn we learned last month, The Son of God Goes Forth to War (Red 282).
This Sunday’s sermon returns to the reiteration of the sacred name Yahweh in Exodus 6. In our passage, God reveals to Moses how he will bring glory to his name in the redemption of his people. There is much here for us. We begin by seeing how God especially reveals his covenant faithfulness to Israel through the events of the Exodus from Egypt. In this, God makes known to the people that he is Yahweh. The passage also reveals how God glorifies himself in doing all that he wills. There is nothing that God purposes that does not come to pass. This is very comforting for us who have so many good and precious promises in Jesus Christ, the Son of God. Finally, all this will happen despite the unbelief and hardness of the nation of Israel. God would still fulfill all the good purposes of his will, even if every man on earth refused to believe in him.
Call to Worship: Psalm 119:108
Hymn 338 [Red] A Mighty Fortress Is Our God
Congregational Reading: Psalm 63:1-8
Doxology: Doxology, Red 283
Hymn 35 [Red] The King of Love My Shepherd Is
Hymn 139 [Red] All People That on Earth Do Dwell I chose this paraphrase of Psalm 100 because of the way its second verse resonates with our passage this morning. One of the purposes of God revealed in the passage is that his people would know that he is the LORD: you will know that I am the LORD your God, verse 7 says. So we sing: Know that the LORD is God indeed, without our aid He did us make; we are His folk, He doth us feed, and for His sheep He does us take. So may we know the LORD, that he is God, and may we know him through his Son Jesus Christ, the Incarnate Son of God who died for us on the cross to free us from our sins and rose again to give us eternal life.
Scripture Reading: Exodus 9:13-35 & John 5:30-47
Hymn 52 [Blue] Majestic Sweetness Sits Enthroned
Sermon: Now You Shall See, Part 2 from Exodus 5:22-6:9
Hymn 40 [Blue] Great is Thy Faithfulness
In Sunday School, Eric White will teach an Introduction to the Pentateuch.