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The throne of God in heaven is an awesome place. There he is surrounded by all the heavenly beings and saints in holy beauty. Yet the Psalmist asks, Who in the skies can be compared to the LORD? Who among the heavenly beings is like the LORD? He adds that the LORD is a God greatly to be feared in the council of the holy ones, and awesome above all who around him? That is to say, even in heaven above, in such a state of glory and righteousness, even there Yahweh is feared. Do we so know the glory of God, or does the world of sense and sin blind us to it? The heavens know the greatness of God. Do we? If we do, then we ought to do what the Psalmist calls the heavens to do: Let the heavens praise your wonders, O LORD, your faithfulness in the assembly of the holy ones!
In the prayer service, we will return to Psalm 119. The service will begin singing “Lord Jesus, Think on Me” (Gray 88), to SOUTHWELL, the tune to which we’ve been singing, “Not All the Blood of Beasts.”
This Sunday, the sermon is on the Ark of the Covenant. The ark is at the center of the tabernacle and the center of worship, and the Lord begins his instructions concerning the tabernacle right at the center where it matters most. The ark is at the center of Old Testament worship. Yet the New Testament takes its themes and teaches that the Ark pointed ultimately to Christ. This Sunday’s sermon will consider the different parts of the Ark, its purpose, and its lessons for us as New Testament Christians.
Call to Worship: Psalm 89:5-8
Hymn 25 [Gray] God Himself Is with Us
Congregational Reading: Psalm 80:1-7
Doxology: Doxology, Red 437
Hymn 181 [Gray] Hail! Thou Once Despised Jesus!
Ministry of Music: Built on the Rock
Scripture Reading: Zechariah 10 & Romans 2:12-29
Hymn 116 [Red] O Israel’s Shepherd, Hear Our Pleading This hymn is a paraphrase of Psalm 80. Psalm 80 alludes to God’s royal presence above the Ark: “Give ear, O Shepherd of Israel, you who lead Joseph like a flock. You who are enthroned upon the cherubim, shine forth.” W. W. J. VanOene and William Helder, the authors of this hymn, render this: O Israel’s Shepherd, hear our pleading, O Thou who Joseph’s flock art leading, Enthroned above the cherubim!” The Ark of the Covenant is the resting place of Yahweh’s covenantal presence in Israel. There his grace and might are sought by his people. At the Ark, he led his people like a Shepherd, protecting and providing for them.
Sermon: The Ark of the Covenant from Exodus 25:10-22
Hymn 146 [Gray] Tis Finished! The Messiah Dies
In Sunday School, Dr. Eric White begins a series on the Psalms of Ascent.