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In Psalm 9, David speaks of the Lord’s destruction of all his enemies. “You have rebuked the nations,” v 5 says. Over against human powers, “The LORD sits enthroned forever” (v 7). Again, in v 17, “The wicked shall return to Sheol, all the nations that forget God. Modern man dispensed with the very idea of a God of judgment centuries ago. Thus David’s attitude toward the God who judges the nations might surprise us. It comes in verse 1: “I will give thanks to the LORD with my whole heart; I will recount all of your wonderful deeds.” David boldly returns thanks and praise to his God. So should we. The God of salvation we so cherish and the way of salvation he has provided only makes sense if he is also a God of wrath. And that wrath against his enemies is very much why we can trust him for ultimate salvation.
In the prayer service, we will take another look at Solomon’s prayer for wisdom. We’ll begin the service singing “Jerusalem, My Happy Home.”
The text this morning recounts the Amalekites’ attack upon Israel, and the Lord’s deliverance of his people as Moses held up “the staff of God.” The point of the text is to show once again the Lord’s powerful deliverance of his people. Yahweh is his people’s banner, their ensign. He is the one under whom his people fight, he is his people’s defender, and he will give them victory. The key idea for us in a passage like this is to look up, to God, and rely upon him.
Call to Worship: Psalm 9:1
Hymn 292 [Red] All Hail the Power
Congregational Reading: Psalm 60:1, 4-8
Doxology: Doxology, Red 437
Hymn 358 [Red] Jesus, Lover of My Soul
Hymn 54 [Blue] For the Beauty of the Earth
Scripture Reading: Exodus 30:17-38 & John 20:1-18
Hymn 74 [Red] I Waited for the Lord This paraphrase of Psalm 40 rehearses the goodness of God by those who have seen his salvation. “I waited for the LORD; He stooped and heard my cry,” the song begins. This goes well with the idea of looking to the Lord in this Sunday’s message. We are to wait or hope in God. Once Joshua and the Israelites have defeated the Amalekites, Moses builds an altar to God in praise and thanks for his goodness. This attitude is what this hymn so well displays. As the end of the first stanza, we sing, “My lips he gave a song, a song to praise our God.”
Sermon: The LORD is My Banner from Exodus 17:8-16
Hymn 116 [Red] O Israel’s Shepherd, Hear Our Pleading
In Sunday School, Dr White will teach on Revelation 1 and the interpretation of the symbolism in the book of Revelation.