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The confession of sin glorifies God, and for at least three reasons. Confession of sin admits God’s truth about ourselves and our sin. We say that God is right about his moral law, and that we have broken it. Confession of sin glorifies God because when we confess our sin with an appeal for the reconciliation and forgiveness offered through Jesus Christ, God’s grace is magnified. Finally, confession of sin glorifies God because through his forgiveness we learn to fear and love God. This last reason is highlighted in our call to worship for this Lord’s Day, Psalm 130:3-5: If you, O LORD, should mark iniquities, O Lord, who could stand? But with you there is forgiveness, that you may be feared. I wait for the LORD, my soul waits, and in his word I hope. The Lord gives forgiveness for all those who confess for their sin, in order that he may be loved and adored. With that holy reverence in our hearts, we will in the joy of our Savior Jesus Christ approach our God in worship this Lord Day.
I’m teaching briefly again on Paul’s prayer for the Philippians during the prayer service this Sunday. Most of the time will be given to prayer, however. We begin the day singing, “I Hear the Words of Love” (Gray 218).
The sermon this week continues to look at the Golden Calf, this time at Moses’s response to the people. The passage shows the irreverence of sin, the shame of sin, and the responsibility for sin. The passage teaches about the danger of false worship, the way one sin leads to others, and the folly of trying to cover one’s sins with blame-shifting. It teaches us that men need more than an external law. Once again, the text teaches us that men need a Savior who once and for all deal with sin.
Call to Worship: Psalm 130:3-5
Hymn 273 [Gray] Credo
Congregational Reading: Psalm 32:1-5
Doxology: Doxology, Red 437
Hymn 84 [Gray] Rock of Ages I said above that we need Savior who will once and for all deal with sin. Such a Savior we have in Jesus Christ, as this great hymn by the 19th century Reformed Anglican Augustus Toplady teaches. Not the labors of my hands can fulfill Thy Law’s demands; could my zeal no respite know, could my tears forever flow, all for sin could not atone; Thou must save and Thou alone. By ourselves, we have not kept the Law, and we could not. We are powerless to deal with sin. Our only hope is Jesus Christ and him alone. We will sing this hymn to the fittingly sober tune REDHEAD by Richard Redhead.
Hymn 189 [Red] The Eyes of All upon Thee Wait
Scripture Reading: Ecclesiastes 7:15-29 & Romans 10:14-21
Hymn 84 [Red] God is Our Refuge and Our Strength
Sermon: Broken from Exodus 32:15-24
Hymn 115 [Red] God the LORD is Known in Judah
This week, Dr. Eric White will teach in Sunday School on catechism question 81:
Q. What are the outward means whereby Christ communicates to us the benefits of redemption?
The outward and ordinary means whereby Christ communicates to us the benefits of redemption, are the reading, but especially the preaching of the word, which the Spirit of God makes an effectual means of convincing and converting the sinner,1 and the ordinances as additional means of building up believers in holiness and comfort, 2 through faith unto salvation. 3
1 Psa 19:7
2 Acts 2:41-42; 1 Thess 1:6; Jas 1:18
3 Rom 1:16; 1 Tim 4:16