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“Awesome is God in his sanctuary.” (Psa 68:35) The all-powerful God overwhelms the soul. He is able to do all that he pleases. The God of Scripture is absolutely independent of us. We cannot control him in any way. And this God is wholly righteous. The God of Scripture is a God who affirms only the good and right. He is unspotted. And He is the God of the sanctuary. And truly here, in his place of holiness and covenant love for his people, that God truly overwhelms. There, in his holy place, God is especially awesome, not just a God who delivers his people, but a God who is holy and the one who makes his people holy. As we come together to worship God, let me encourage you now to prepare your own heart to confess that our Lord is “awesome in his sanctuary.”
The lesson in the prayer service will come from Jonah’s prayer in Jonah 2. We will begin the service singing Josh Bauder’s new setting of David Oestreich’s Credo, commissioned by Religious Affections Ministries.
This Sunday’s sermon will be from Exodus 7:14-8:19 and the first three plagues the Lord brought against Egypt. I will also spend some time introducing the plagues as a whole. I believe the plagues are best understood in groups of three. Throughout them all, we see the Lord’s keen purpose to bring himself glory through the plagues. Against a world that has since creation turned its back on the true God, the Lord is about to show the truth of who he is in terrifying acts of power. The result is most sobering. It’s sobering for those who with hardness of hearts defy this God. And it’s sobering for those of us who are redeemed by the blood of Jesus Christ, that we would be saved from such wrath and judgment. In the plagues, since they are an act of judgment, there is a call to repentance to and faith in this God through Jesus Christ.
Call to Worship: Psalm 68:34-35
Hymn 286 [Red] And Can it Be that I Should Gain?
Congregational Reading: Psalm 68:1-6
Scripture Reading: Exodus 12:43-13:2 & John 7:25-39
Hymn 258 [Red] How Sweet and Awful Is the Place
Sermon: Blood, Frogs, & Gnats from Exodus 7:14–8:19
Hymn 191 [Blue] Here, O My Lord, I See Thee Face to Face When we consider the horror of God’s judgment, a judgment demonstrated in the plagues upon Egypt, we are tempted to shrink in horror away from God. We know our sins, and so we dare not face a God like this. We deserve to the subjects of such judgment. And yet this hymn reminds us of why the grace of Jesus Christ is so precious. Consider the fourth verse of this precious hymn: Mine is the sin, but Thine the righteousness, mine is the guilt, but Thine the cleansing blood; here is my robe, my refuge, and my peace, Thy blood, Thy righteousness, O Lord, my God. The God who judges the ungodly is the same God who, through the blood of Jesus Christ, justifies the ungodly who turn to him in Christ.
The Lord’s Table
Hymn 74 [Red] I Waited for the Lord
In Sunday School, Eric White will teach on the Great Flood from the book of Genesis.