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David’s attitude toward the true God ought to be ours: “I give you thanks, O LORD, with my whole heart; before the gods I sing your praise.” Brothers, may this be the heart-beat of every one of us as we gather each Lord’s Day for worship. May we with spiritual eyes see the glory of our God, and then, with our whole heart, give thanks to him openly, before a watching world, as testimony individually to each other, and before God himself. The unbelieving man is embarrassed to sing to God. David does it boldly and openly. He stands up straight, he lifts high his chest, and he sings openly (and, if I may so presume) loudly of the glory of his God. Believer, check your heart as you come into God’s presence this Lord’s Day. Are you ready to worship your God with all your heart? Are you ready to give him thanks?

In the prayer service, we’ll continue making our way through Paul’s prayer for the Ephesians. We’ll begin the service reviewing a hymn that we learned in a previous month, “Lord, Keep Us Steadfast in Thy Word” (Red 368).

This Sunday, we look at more of the rules God has for his people Israel. You can preview the passage in Exod 22:16-33. A few different themes emerge as we look at these laws. God wanted his people to be sanctified in morals, godly in justice, and consecrated in life. There is much here for us to learn about God, about ourselves, and about our own godly living in a wicked and worldly age. Above all, this passage illustrates for us, as the redeemed of Jesus Christ, the singular importance of living to God in Christ. God has high expectations for his people. If he had high expectations for Israel in the shadows of Sinai and the Law, how much more for us who have beheld the face of the Incarnate God, and know the freedom of life in Jesus Christ? I pray that our return to Exodus this Sunday morning will strengthen us in our commitments to godly living as a church.

Worship Service

Call to Worship: Psalm 138:1-2

Hymn 55 [Gray] Praise the Lord Who Reigns Above

Congregational Reading: Psalm 138:3-8

Doxology: Doxology, Red 437

Hymn 173 [Gray] Jesus Lives and So Shall I One of the lessons of the second half of Exodus 22 is that God’s people are to imitate God in their treatment of the lowly. They were poor and lowly slaves sojourning in Egypt, and God in compassion saved them. Now, Israel is to return that same treatment to the sojourner and poor in their midst. They are to be like God. In a similar way, the reality of Christ’s resurrection teaches us to live differently. This, in part, is the message of this hymn. We as believers have the reality of spiritual life because of the truth that Jesus is alive. So the first stanza of this great hymn: Jesus lives, and by his grace, vict’ry o’er my passions giving, I will cleanse my heart and ways, ever to His glory living. Me He raises from the dust; Jesus I my Hope and Trust.

Hymn 134 [Red] O Sing a New Song to the LORD

Prayer

Offering

Scripture Reading: Haggai 1 & Revelation 18:1-10

Hymn 342 [Red] Be Thou My Vision

Sermon: A Consecrated People from Exodus 22:16-31

Hymn 264 [Gray] Guide Me, O Thou Great Jehovah

Prayer

Benediction

In Sunday School, I will teach on the importance of worship, devotion, and the affections in our spiritual growth. Be sure to read chapter 5 of Whitney’s Spiritual Disciplines.

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