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The heart of worship delights in the Lord and his grace with joy. The grace of God as light is the theme of Psalm 4:6: There are many who say, ‘Who will show us some good? Lift up the light of your face upon us, O LORD!’ God’s gracious presence with his people in his sanctuary is the light of his face in Israel. God is giving himself to Israel. This the good of David, as expressed in this Psalm. His joy is found in God. Period. In a world where good is exhaustively sought and desired by sinful, weak men, God himself alone is our good. Our joy is the gracious light of God’s face. We too have the light of God upon us, and all because of the cross of Christ. We have God himself with us, as the Spirit indwells us. This is what fans our hearts’ affections into flame, that we are reconciled by the blood of Christ, and that he is our God, and that we have God’s abundant blessings upon us in Christ.
In the prayer service, we will turn to David’s dying prayer in 2 Chronicles 29. We will sing the hymn, “Not All the Blood of Beasts” (Gray 220).
This week, we move from the Ark of the Covenant in the Most Holy Place to the Holy Place and two pieces of its furniture. Namely, we consider the Tabernacle’s Table for Bread and the Menorah or Lampstand. These two pieces, though outside the Holy of Holies, are nevertheless still part of Yahweh’s sanctuary, and they teach us both about God and his people.
Call to Worship: Psalm 4:5-7
Hymn 120 [Red] How Lovely, LORD of Hosts, to Me
Congregational Reading: Psalm 36:7-12
Doxology: Doxology, Red 437
Hymn 269 [Red] Christ Jesus Lay in Death’s Strong Bands This great (if underappreciated) hymn by Martin Luther has a threefold intersect with our services this Lord’s Day. First, it is a hymn of the resurrection, and every time we gather as a church of Jesus Christ on the first day of the week, we remember our Lord’s resurrection from the dead. Second, in connection to the Table of the Bread of the Presence, it says, Then let us feast this joyful day on Christ, the bread of heaven. Finally, in connection with the Lampstand, we sing of Christ our Light: Christ is Himself the Joy of all, the Sun that warms and lights us.
Ministry of Music: Built on the Rock
Scripture Reading: Zechariah 11 & Romans 3:1-8
Hymn 158 [Red] Before Thee Let My Cry Come Near
Sermon: Bread, Light, & Presence from Exodus 25:23-40
Hymn 193 [Gray] Majestic Sweetness Sits Enthroned
In Sunday School, Dr. Eric White will teach on Psalm 121.