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Oh sing to the LORD a new song, for he has done marvelous things! His right hand and his holy arm have worked salvation for him (Psa 98:1). The Holy Spirit bids all men recognize the marvelous acts of God, and commands that the appropriate response at the acknowledgment of his saving acts is to sing new songs to him from the heart. Let no tongue of God’s people be silent before the splendor of his glorious works! Those who know God and his marvelous deeds ought to raise their voices in song. In the words of Isaac Watts’s paraphrase of this Psalm, God’s works ought to bring “Joy to the World!” He has not only done marvelous things, he has not only worked salvation, but his salvation is engulfed in holiness—it is Yahweh’s holy arm that brings his glorious acts of salvation for his people. Again, this ought to move us joyful singing. A few verses, the Psalmist exclaims, Make a joyful noise to the LORD, all the earth; break forth into joyous song and sing praises. Today, in our own age, people sing about those things that inspire them in this godless age: impure desire, unfulfilled lusts, and the bleakness of despair. We have such a better ground for singing. The Lord is our God, he has provided reconciliation and atonement, and is keeping us by his grace for eternal life. Truly he has done marvelous things! So sing to the LORD a new song.
In the prayer service, we’ll return to the prayer of Daniel in Daniel 9. We’ll sing the Scripture paraphrase, “Behold, the Mountain of the Lord!” (Red 298).
We find ourselves in Exodus 12 this coming Lord’s Day. This means that the Passover is before us. We will look at the Passover commands, but before us will be the biblical truth the Passover represents: God’s sovereign grace of deliverance requires an atoning sacrifice. We receive the grace of Christ freely by faith, but that is not to say that Christ’s grace was absolutely free. On the contrary, Christ’s grace comes at a great price, the shed blood of the Lamb of God, our Savior. This truth is clearly taught in the first Passover, and then reaffirmed in every Passover since. God does not enter into a gracious relationship with men without atonement. Without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness of sins.
Call to Worship: Psalm 98:1
Hymn 293 [Red] Crown Him with Many Crowns
Congregational Reading: Psalm 116:1-9
Doxology: Doxology, Red 437
Hymn [Insert] Lamb of God, Thou Now Art Seated As we consider the Passover and the blood that saved the Israelite households from the plague of death the Lord brought upon Egypt, our minds will (rightly) soon go to our Savior. He is the lamb without blemish or spot whose precious blood has purchased our salvation. This hymn wonderfully describes the victory of our Holy Lamb whose substitutionary death is finished, for he is majestically seated in heaven. Set to the wonderful tune ABBOT’S LEIGH by John Zundel, the words remind us that the work of our salvation is gloriously complete: Lamb of God, Thou now are seated high beside Thy Father’s throne; all Thy gracious work completed, all Thy mighty victory won; every knee in heaven is bending to the Lamb for sinners slain; every voice and heart is swelling—Worthy is the Lamb to reign!
Ministry of Music And now, O Lord, I early seek Thy favor
Scripture Reading: Exodus 19:1-15 & John 10:22-42
Hymn 300 [Red] Fairest Lord Jesus
Sermon: Yahweh’s Passover from Exodus 12:1-13
Hymn 509 [Blue] The Sands of Time are Sinking
During the Sunday School hour, we will have our quarterly business meeting.