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Let the redeemed of the LORD say so, whom he has redeemed from trouble. Have you ever helped someone and they neglected to thank you? Even worse is when the people you have helped in some way take credit for the accomplishment you were instrumental in bringing about. The pride, sense of entitlement, and ungratefulness are repulsive. How much more repulsive is the redeemed man or woman who fails to do what this first commends? So, let the redeemed of the LORD say so (Ps 107:2). The Psalmist calls all those who know the redeeming grace of Yahweh to speak up. God’s people are to give credit where credit is due. They are to extol in worship and adoration the Lord their God for his saving works to them. To do otherwise would be a sin against God and nature itself. As we gather for worship this Lord’s Day, let us do so because it is right and fitting that those redeemed by the Lord speak of his saving acts of love and mercy to them.
I hope as many of you as are able will make the prayer service a priority in your family’s life. This service is neither perfunctory nor unnecessary. The prayer service is an important way that we as a church follow the command of Christ to pray together. More than that, it is good for us to be in God’s presence together, fellowshipping in our corporate needs. While I know that not everyone can or should make it for this service, may it never be that we as a church begin to downgrade or minimize prayer. We are a needy people. We have a God who bids us bring our needs to him in prayer. I hope you’ll come pray with us this Lord’s Day. But don’t come for my sake; come for the sake of Christ and your brothers and sisters in Christ. In this service, we will look again at Paul’s prayer for the Ephesians in Ephesians 1. The service will begin with the hymn we’re learning this month, “My Shepherd Will Supply My Need” (Gray 320).
The sermon this Sunday comes from Exodus 21. At this time, it seems most likely that we will only get through the first 11 verses of this chapter. These verses deal with slavery. That God begins the Law with regulations concerning slaves and murder is interesting. Why does he do that? I believe it is, in part, that God is calling his people not to be like Egypt. He is the God who, as the preface of the Law in 20:2: I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery. God redeemed Israel from slavery and a murderous nation like Egypt. Since Israel is God’s covenant people, the fact of God’s deliverance of them from slavery in turn changes how they are to treat their slaves.
Call to Worship: Psalm 107:1-3
Hymn 321 [Red] O Worship the King
Congregational Reading: Psalm 123
Doxology: Gloria Patri, Red 436
Hymn 149 [Gray] Alas and Did My Savior Bleed
Hymn 285 [Red] We Gather Together
Scripture Reading: Psalm 12 & Revelation 14
Hymn 241 [Gray] How Firm a Foundation John Rippon’s classic hymn begins with an assertion of the truthfulness of the Holy Bible. Then it goes on to cite different promises that come from Scripture, as if God himself were speaking them to us. When we come to a text like Exodus 21, it is important to reaffirm the great treasure that is God’s Word. For many (especially liberal) Christians, they sort of wish that a passages like Exodus 21, which deals with slavery and capital punishment, weren’t in Scripture. But for us it is different. We say, ‘Let God be true and every man a liar.’ His word is our delight. How firm a foundation we have indeed. It is this very Word that has promised to us everlasting life through Jesus Christ, as the final stanza makes clear: ‘The soul that on Jesus hath leaned for repose I will not, I will not desert to his foes; the soul, tough all hell should endeavor to shake, I’ll never, no never, no never forsake!’
Sermon: Slaves, Murder, & The Covenant from Exodus 21:1-32
Hymn 175 [Red] Praise God, for He is Kind
After the fellowship meal, we will have an entire service devoted to the Lord’s Table.