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According to its superscription, Psalm 92 is A Song for the Sabbath. Fittingly, its contents represent what the Sabbath was supposed to be for the people of Israel. In Exodus 16:23, Moses told the people of Israel that, after six days of gathering manna, the seventh day was to be “a day of solemn rest, a holy Sabbath to the LORD.” The Godward theme of this Sabbath is unmistakable. Given the deliverance from Egypt and the miraculous provision of manna, this day was to be filled with the kinds of attitude displayed in Psalm 92:1-3: It is good to give thanks to the LORD, to sing praises to your name, O Most High, to declare your steadfast love in the morning, and your faithfulness by night, to the music of the lute and the harp, to the melody of the lyre. I believe that since the Christian is not under the Mosaic Law, the Sabbath’s law have no strict binding force upon the Christian. Yet, we can and must certainly keep this spirit of the Sabbath as we gather together on the first day of the week in honor of the resurrection of our Savior Jesus Christ. Yes, let us gather this Lord’s Day with a spirit of gratitude and joyful song in honor of the God who has so wonderfully saved us by his grace.
In the prayer service, we’ll look on final time at Daniel’s prayer of confession in Dan 9. We’ll begin the service singing Wake, Awake, for Night is Flying (Red 228).
This Sunday, we’ll consider the early pre-Sinai institution of a Sabbath for Israel in Exodus 16. There is much in this text that teaches us of the essential character of a vital relationship with our Redeemer, not only in how this story develops within the narrative of Exodus and the story of the manna, but also in how it exposed the people’s deeply rooted hostility against their gracious God. In the end, this story is not so much about what we do on Sundays as it is the state of our love and devotion for our God, something that is almost always eventually demonstrated in the integrity of our obedience.
Call to Worship: Psalm 92:1-3
Hymn 226 [Red] Comfort, Comfort, Ye My People
Congregational Reading: Psalm 92:4-8, 12-15
Doxology: Doxology, Red 283
Hymn 219 [Red] Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus
Ministry of Music
Hymn 246 [Red] Of the Father’s Love Begotten
Scripture Reading: Exodus 29:22-46 & John 19:16b-27
Hymn 242 [Red] Lo, How a Rose E’er Blooming
Sermon: A Holy Sabbath to the LORD from Exodus 16:21-36
Hymn [Insert] O Lord, How Shall I Greet Thee? This hymn by Paul Gerhardt is one of my favorite Christmas hymns. I believe that I first stumbled upon it after hearing Bach’s joyful arrangement of it in part 6 of his Christmas Oratorio. The first verse states well how any redeemed person should respond to his Redeemer: O Lord, how shall I meet You, how welcome you aright? Your people long to greet You, My hope, my heart’s delight! O kindle, Lord most holy, Your lamp within my breast to do in spirit lowly all that may please you best. The people of Israel did not have such a heart. Do we? Can we honestly sing these words to our Savior? May we not be marked by unbelief like the people of Israel, but through God’s grace, by the warm affections of a heart that longs to know and worship the Savior.
In Sunday School, Eric White will be teaching on catechism questions 75-76.
75 Q. Is any man able perfectly to keep the commandments of God?
No mere man, since the fall, is able in his life perfectly to keep the commandments of God,1 but does daily break them in thought,2 word,3 and deed.4
1 Eccl 7:20 2 Gen 8:21 3 Jas 3:8 4 Jas 3:2
76 Q. Are all transgressions of the law equally vile?
Some sins in themselves are more vile in the sight of God than others.1
1 John 19:11; 1 John 5:15