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When David wrote Psalm 69, he was clearly in trouble. Consider just a few of the places where David expresses his difficulties. The Psalm begins, “Save me, O God!” In verse 3, he laments, “I am weary with my crying out.” He cries out in v 14, “Deliver me from sinking in the mire.” Then he testifies in v 29, “I am afflicted and in pain, let your salvation, O God, set me on high!” This makes v 30, the very next verse, so powerful: “I will praise the name of God with a song; I will magnify him with thanksgiving.” David, though in the most difficult of straits, is nevertheless settled in his determination to praise his God. The reason for his praise is found a couple verses later in v 33: “For the LORD hears the cry of the needy and does not despise his own people who are prisoners.” The next verse, in which David moves from his own purpose to worship God to the whole world’s devotion to God, is our call to worship this Sunday: “Let heaven and earth praise him, the seas and everything that moves in them.” When God saves his people, it is a testimony to the whole world of his grace and power, bidding them to come and worship this one who is the true God of holiness and righteousness. And soon is coming the day when God through Christ fully reverses the curse and ends the long night of sin and death. In that day, it will truly be said that this whole world, from the skies above to the lowest parts of the seas, currently groaning under Adam’s sin, praises him.
In the prayer service, we’ll look again at the prayer of Jonah in Jonah 2. We’ll sing again the Credo I introduced last Lord’s Day.
The sermon this Sunday looks at the second through sixth plagues: frogs, gnats, flies, the death of the livestock, and boils. Once again, we give special attention to how the Lord seeks to glorify himself in the plagues. While the plagues are, in one respect, teaching the same thing in different ways, there is still much to glean in these verses, whether in the development among the three triads of plagues, or in the different, smaller points taught in the different plagues. In the end, however, we will keep before us the great message of the plagues: that the LORD God wants to be known as only true and living God.
Call to Worship: Psalm 69:34-36
Hymn [Insert] Praise the Lord Who Reigns Above Over the past several weeks, I have been emphasizing that God desires that all men glorify him. He does not want simply the worship of his Hebrew people, but he wants the Egyptians to know that he is God as well. This hymn by Charles Wesley is a paraphrase of Psalm 150, and likewise calls all creation to worship Yahweh. Wesley uses Psalm 150:6 as the basis of the third and final stanza: “Let everything that hath breath praise the LORD! Praise the LORD!” Wesley sets the ideas found there to English thus: “Him, in whom they move and live, let every creature sing, glory to their Maker give, and homage to their King. Hallowed be His name beneath, as in heaven, on earth adored, praise the Lord in every breath, let all things praise the Lord!” Let this be the prayer of us all, that the whole earth would join in with our worship of the true God.
Congregational Reading: Psalm 135:5-12
Hymn 127 [Blue] Hallelujah, What a Savior!
Hymn 154 [Red] O Come with Thanks, God’s Goodness Praising
Scripture Reading: Exodus 13:3-22 & John 7:40-8:11
Hymn 356 [Red] Jesus, Priceless Treasure
Sermon: Frogs, Gnats, Flies, & More from Exodus 8:1-9:12
Hymn 311 [Red] Jesus Shall Reign
In Sunday School, Eric White will teach on the Abrahamic Covenant.