Morning Worship: February 24, 2019
This is the day the LORD has made; We will rejoice and be glad in it. Psalm 118:24
Silent Prayer of Preparation
God’s Greeting of Grace, Mercy and Peace
*Call to Worship: Psalm 103:1-5 p. 535/690
*Prayer of Adoration
*Hymn of Adoration: RT 6 O Come, My Soul, Bless Thou the LORD
Confession of Sin: Psalm 90:8-14 (in unison) p. 529/683
Silent Prayer of Confession
Assurance of Pardon: Micah 7:18-19 p. 823/1077
Confession of Faith: Westminster Shorter Catechism Q. & A. 27-28
27. Wherein did Christ’s humiliation consist? A. Christ’s humiliation consisted in his being born, and that in a low condition, made under the law, undergoing the miseries of this life, the wrath of God, and the cursed death of the cross; in being buried, and continuing under the power of death for a time
28. Wherein consists Christ’s exaltation? A. Christ exaltation consists in His rising again from the dead on the third day, in ascending up into heaven, in sitting at the right hand of God the Father, and in coming to judge the world at the last day.
*Songs of Celebration: RT 649 More Love to Thee, O Christ (Nursery) RT 645 Jesus, the Very Thought of Thee
Prayer of Supplication: (see insert)
Scripture Reading: Isaiah 21:1-12 p. 621/805
Sermon: Isaiah 21:11-12 The Burden Against Dumah
Theme: The natural man scoffs at the word of God.
- How the wicked react to God’s word
Eph. 4:21; Isa. 53:1; John 12:37-38; Rom. 10:14-17; Zeph. 1:12; Acts 17:18; 26:24-28; John 7:46; 10:20; 1 Cor. 2:14; Luke 6:24-26.
- How we should react to the wicked
Jude 13; Psalm 7:11-13; 1 Thess. 2:16; Rom. 3:4; Jer. 3:12, 14, 22; Rev. 22:17; John 6:37.
- How we should react to God’s word
2 Pet. 3:18; Rom. 8:29; 12:2; Heb. 12:1; Ps. 139:23-24; Pro. 23:26.
Prayer of Application
*Hymn of Commitment: RT 648 My Jesus, I Love Thee
Prayer for Tithes and Offerings:
*Doxology: # 731
*Benediction: Ephesians 3:20-21 p. 1039/1345
Closing Comment: “I am the Good Shepherd. The Good Shepherd sacrifices His life for the sheep!” John 10:11. “He will carry the lambs in His bosom, holding them close to His heart!” Isaiah 40:11.
Who is He of whom such gracious words are spoken? He is the Good Shepherd. Why does He carry the lambs in His bosom? Because He has a tender heart, and any weakness in His redeemed children at once melts His heart. The sighs, the ignorance, the feebleness of the little ones of His flock draw forth His compassion. He is considerate of the weak of His flock. He purchased them with His blood, they are His property–He must and will care for those who cost Him so dear. He is responsible for each lamb, bound by covenant engagements not to lose one. They are all a part of His glory and reward. “He carries the lambs in His bosom!” Here is boundless affection. Would He put them in His bosom if He did not love them so much? Here is tender nearness. So near are they, that they could not possibly be nearer. Here is hallowed familiarity. There are precious ‘love passages’ between Christ and His weak ones. Here is perfect safety. In His bosom, who can hurt them? None can snatch them away from His omnipotence! They can never perish–ever! Here is perfect rest and sweetest comfort. Surely we are not sufficiently sensible of the infinite tenderness of Jesus! (Charles Spurgeon)