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Psalm 111:2 says, Great are the works of the LORD, studied by all who delight in them. God’s people are to study who God is, and they are also to study what God has done. We do this with all sorts of human achievements. Men study great military victories, works of art, and other accomplishments done by other men. We love greatness. But God’s greatness is on another level altogether. His works are great. They are powerful, gracious, and majestic. God’s people delight in them. We are so delighted and impressed, we study them, all with the goal that we would know our God better. Over the past several months, we have been studying the works of the LORD toward his people Israel. We have seen that his works are great indeed. We have been delighting in what God has done. This Lord’s Day, we will do so together again.
In the prayer service, we continue to learn from the Levites leading Israel in repentance in Nehemiah 9. Our hymn to begin the day is No, Not Despairingly (Gray 82).
The message from God’s inspired Word this Sunday takes the rest of the covenant renewal and Moses’s presentation of it to Israel. When God graciously reestablished his covenant with Israel, he reaffirmed the laws he gave earlier to Israel. In one respect, the laws he selected to reestablish the covenant represent the whole covenant struck earlier between the Lord and his people. In another respect, the laws God show that Israel must both fiercely avoid idolatry (as we saw last week), and at the same time turn to God. It will not do to have just one or the other. God’s people must have both. So for Israel to have success in this renewed covenant with God (and avoid future failures like the Golden Calf), Israel must couple their whole-hearted denunciation of idolatry with a warm embrace of the true God. As we look at the text before us for this Lord’s Day, the three themes therein that make up that positive embrace of Yahweh are best summarized as: worship God, trust God, and hear God.
Call to Worship: Psalm 111:1-4
Hymn 374 [Red] Our God, Our Help in Ages Past
Congregational Reading: Psalm 92:1-8
Doxology: Doxology, Red 437
Hymn 35 [Red] The King of Love My Shepherd Is
Hymn 46 [Gray] For the Beauty of the Earth
Ministry of Music: Flee as a Bird
Scripture Reading: 2 Samuel 1:17-27 & Romans 14:13-23
Hymn 343 [Red] Blessed Jesus, at Thy Word Hearing God’s Word is essential for true religion. The importance of this is seen in our text as God orders Israel to observe his Word in v 11. We see it as God commands Moses to record his laws in vv 27-28, and then again in v 1 of chapter 35: Moses assembled all the congregation of the people of Israel and said to them, ‘These are the things that the LORD has commanded you to do.” So the words of this great old Lutheran hymn gives our answer to God’s Word as the people of God: Blessed Jesus, at Thy word we are gathered all to hear Thee. Let our hearts and souls be stirred now to seek and love and fear Thee. By Thy teachings sweet and holy, drawn from earth to love Thee solely.
Sermon: The Antidote to Idolatry from Exodus 34:18-28; 35:1-3
Hymn 376 [Red] Thou Hidden Source of Calm Repose
In Sunday School, Eric White will teach on catechism question 84:
Q. What is Baptism?
Baptism is an ordinance of the New Testament, instituted by Jesus Christ1 to be a sign of the believer’s fellowship with him, in his death, and burial, and resurrection,2 of his union with him,3 of remission of sins,4 and of his giving up himself to God through Jesus Christ, to live and walk in newness of life.5
1 Matt 28:19 Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, (ESV)
2 Rom 6:3 Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? (ESV)
Col 2:12 having been buried with him in baptism, in which you were also raised with him through faith in the powerful working of God, who raised him from the dead. (ESV)
3 Gal 3:27 For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ. (ESV)
4 Mark 1:4 John appeared, baptizing in the wilderness and proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. (ESV)
Acts 22:16 And now why do you wait? Rise and be baptized and wash away your sins, calling on his name.’ (ESV)
5 Rom 6:4–5 We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life. For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we shall certainly be united with him in a resurrection like his. (ESV)