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“Praise is due to you, O God, in Zion!” There is an important truth in these words, written by David, and it is this: all humanity owes God its worship. We come into the world with a real debt, there is a being to whom we owe worship. The people of God, “Zion,” owe their covenant God their praise. In the context, the praise has to do with the fact that God hears prayer. This is in the second line of v 1, “and to you shall vows be performed.” In other words, God heard their prayers, and their vows to return praise when he delivered them. Then v 2 verse of this Psalm underscores this, but opens it up past Zion to all the world: “O you who hear prayer, to you shall flesh come.” Christ has himself opened this way of drawing near to God. He is the High Priest who bids us come to our God who hears our prayers. May this cheerful word from David encourage your hearts as you approach God in worship.
In the prayer service, we will return to Hezekiah’s prayer in 2 Kings 19:14-19. We’ll begin our day singing again the hymn we’re learning this month, “Lamb of God, Thou Now Art Seated.”
12The sermon this Sunday considers the aftermath of God’s declaration of a new day in Exod 6:1-8 in the remaining verses of chapter 6. The focus on the people’s disinterested response to God’s Word and the character and background of God’s chosen servants, Moses and Aaron greatly underscore that the Exodus is God’s doing. Yahweh has willed the Exodus, and it cannot be stopped, no matter how hard the people of Israel are, no matter how impure his servants, no matter how impossible the task, no matter how unimpressive the pedigree of his servants. With the focus on the Lord’s determination to accomplish his purposes, the passage is a great encouragement to us to look to God for his help. Yes, he uses mortal men to do his will, but the victory is God’s. He has already shown this in the resurrection of Jesus Christ. And he will show it again when the last Day begins to unfold.
Call to Worship: Psalm 65:1
Hymn 345 [Red] Come, Thou Almighty King
Congregational Reading: Psalm 65:1-4
Doxology: Doxology, Red 437
Hymn 296 [Red] Behold the Glories of the Lamb
Hymn 283 [Red] Now Thank We All Our God It’s good for God’s people to thank their God. This older German hymn is a wonderful expression of this gratitude. I picked it for this Lord’s Day for that thankfulness without thinking of how its first verse resonates with something that will be on the minds of many this coming Sunday, which here in America is recognized as Mother’s Day. In a culture at war with marriage and motherhood Christians ought to be among the people who are most thankful for their mothers. So the hymn, written nearly 400 years ago, speaking of our God, who from our mother’s arms, hath blessed us on our way. The final stanza reminds us that the God we thank is the one who as Holy Trinity reigns in highest heaven. This truth is confirmed in what we have seen in Exodus. The Lord God reigns over all creation. He does whatever he wills.
Scripture Reading: Exodus 10:21-11:10 & John 6:22-59
Hymn 172 [Blue] O Word of God Incarnate
Sermon: Unlikely Servants from Exodus 6:9-30
Hymn 317 [Blue] A Charge to Keep I Have
In Sunday School, Dr Eric White will teach on Creation.