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When the Lord made his covenant with David, the King was overwhelmed with adoration and praise. His effusive prayer responding to God’s promise is recorded for us in the second half of 2 Samuel 7. This passage will be read as part of our Scripture reading this Sunday. I was delightfully surprised to find that the normal, sequential Scripture reading was so fitting for the themes of the sermon from the first half of Psalm 2. The same will be true this Sunday, as the Scripture reading shows David’s great response to the Davidic covenant in the second half of 2 Samuel 7. David’s prayer will also serve as our call to worship. David responds to the Word of God as all should, with loving praise, and his words in 2 Samuel 7:22–26 lead us to confess the very same truths about God:
 Therefore you are great, O LORD God. For there is none like you, and there is no God besides you, according to all that we have heard with our ears.  And who is like your people Israel, the one nation on earth whom God went to redeem to be his people, making himself a name and doing for them great and awesome things by driving out before your people, whom you redeemed for yourself from Egypt, a nation and its gods?  And you established for yourself your people Israel to be your people forever. And you, O LORD, became their God.  And now, O LORD God, confirm forever the word that you have spoken concerning your servant and concerning his house, and do as you have spoken.  And your name will be magnified forever, saying, ‘The LORD of hosts is God over Israel,’ and the house of your servant David will be established before you. (ESV)
The promises about Christ to David are great. And is great to give them. There is no one like God, who tells in advance of his own Son coming to rule over his people and save them from their enemies. He made these promises, and has brought them about so that his name might be magnified forever, and so that he might be Israel’s God.In the prayer service, we will return to John 17 and Jesus’ high priestly prayer. We’ll begin the service singing Out of the Depths I Cry to Thee (Gray 87).This Sunday the sermon comes from the second part of Psalm 2. The Psalm begins with the tumultuous scene on earth and the nations raging against God. Then the scene shifts to heaven, where God is undisturbed by the evil plots of wicked, sinful men. His resolution is fixed: As for me, I have set my King on Zion, my holy hill. In the third stanza of the Psalm, we hear from the King himself, as he reveals the Lord God’s plans for him. Then, we hear again from the narrator, who applies the Psalm to all those who might know how to respond to the Christ.
Call to Worship: 2 Samuel 7:22-26
Hymn 302 [Gray] A Mighty Fortress Is Our God So many hymns seem to flow out of the truths in Psalm 2! I chose A Mighty Fortress is our God by Martin Luther because of the last line of Psalm 2: Blessed are all those who take refuge in him. This hymn assures us that Christ is one who is truthworthy and faithful. He is a refuge who is strong. He is, indeed, a mighty fortress. He is a bulwark never failing. This helper prevails over the flood of mortal ills. This is a dangerous world, and your sins are even more dangerous. But you can take refuge in Christ, and he is able to save. The hymn continues to exalt in Christ’s work: Though still our ancient foe doth seek to work us woe; his craft and power are great, and armed with cruel hate, on earth is not his equal. We need a refuge indeed. “A Mighty Fortress” is one of those hymns where you have to sing all the stanzas. The hymn goes on to remind us that our own strength will not succeed against our foe. We have a Savior, the Man of God’s own choosing. That, of course, is the Anointed One, the Christ, Jesus, the Son of God.
Congregational Reading: Psalm 2:7-12
Hymn 358 [Red] Jesus, Lover of My Soul
Hymn 246 [Red] Of the Father’s Love Begotten
Scripture Reading: 2 Samuel 7:18-29 & Philippians 3:12-4:1
Hymn 282 [Red] The Son of God Goes Forth to War
Sermon: Rage against or Refuge in Christ 2 from Psalm 2
Hymn 38 [Red] The LORD’s My Shepherd, I’ll Not Want
In Sunday School, our brother Eric White will be teaching an introduction to the book of Galatians.