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Praise ought to be a never-ending activity for us. The God we worship is so great, and his works so marvelous and gracious, his praise is truly inexhaustible. This idea of the infinite bounty of God’s goodness and greatness is represented in the verse I’ve selected for our call to worship this Lord’s Day. In Psalm 106:102, after calling us to praise the Lord God, the Psalmist asks, Who can utter the mighty deeds of the LORD, or declare all his praise? The question, while rhetorical, gets at the infinite glory of God. No man is truly capable of exhaustively listing all Yahweh’s mighty deeds. No human being is truly capable of wholly describing the glorious attributes of the living God. And yet, while this task is one sense impossible to complete, we are graciously invited to participate in the acts of praise and thanksgiving to God. So let’s get together this Sunday as people redeemed by the blood of Christ and do just that.
In the prayer service, I will return to David’s prayer in 1 Chronicles 29. We’ll sing again the hymn we’re learning throughout November: “God the Lord is Known in Judah” (Red 115).
This week, the sermon is based on the remaining verses of Exodus 28 and the rest of the priestly garments. One of the nice things about the high priest’s garments is that the Lord often pauses to explain what they signify. The robe of the ephod speaks to the holy standard God has. The headdress speaks to God’s holiness and his acceptance of Israel’s gifts. The other garments point to the ruin of humankind in the Fall and how God is providing a remedy through Israel and the sanctuary. As we consider the priestly garments, remember that it is important that we understand the priests of the Old Testament so that we better know our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ in his saving grace.
Call to Worship: Psalm 106:1-2
Hymn 24 [Gray] Father, Most Holy
Congregational Reading: Psalm 20:1-5
Doxology: Doxology, Red 437
Hymn 255 [Red] Ah, Holy Jesus
Ministry of Music: A Debtor to Mercy Alone Augustus Toplady’s hymn, prepared and sung by two of our sisters for this morning’s service, is a very fitting selection that speaks to the work of Christ, and does so with allusions to the priestly work in the Tabernacle. If you’ve never heard the hymn before, I encourage you to follow along (no. 86 in the Gray hymnal) while the ladies sing. The first verse alone is worth getting to know well: A debtor to mercy alone, of covenant mercy I sing; nor fear, with Your righteousness on, my person and off’ring to bring. The terrors of law and of God with me can have nothing to do; my Savior’s obedience and blood hide all my transgressions from view.
Scripture Reading: Malachi 2:17-3:15 & Romans 6:1-14
Ministry of Music: Thee Will I Love
Hymn 234 [Gray] My God, I Love Thee
Sermon: Yahweh’s Priests III from Exodus 28:36-43
Hymn 224 [Gray] Before the Throne of God Above
In Sunday School, I will be teaching on Psalm 128 as we continue our series on the Psalms of Ascents.