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Tuesday, May 22, 2018

2018.05.22 Hopewell @Home ▫ Psalm 89:1-10

Questions for Littles: Of what will the psalmist sing (v1)? What would he make known with his mouth? How big are God’s mercy and faithfulness (v2)? With and to whom is this mercy found (v3-4)? What two assemblies, in which two places, especially praise Him (v5-7)? Whom does God scatter, as a part of His faithfulness (v8-10)? 
This week’s Call to Worship, Prayer for Help, and Confession of Sin came from Psalm 89:1-10.

This Psalm begins by presenting us with something similar to what we have seen in Hebrews 2 and Hebrews 12… two worship assemblies in harmonious agreement with one another—one in heaven and one on earth.

What do the most glorious angels all agree upon? That none of them are even to be compared to the Lord.

Marvelously, those who surround the throne hold Him in reverence for His steadfast love (mercy) and faithfulness. That is to say that, even from the perspective of the holy angels, God’s redemption of His people on earth is at the center of all His glorious works.

And a big part of this is the Lord scattering His enemies. Yes, the Lord is full of love and mercy, and He is perfectly faithful. But that means that He is also full of hate: hatred of sin!

If we have known that God, who by right could have destroyed us, has instead given Himself to save us, then this psalm gives us instruction about what should be one of the main ways that we respond to His redeeming love and faithfulness: go to church. Participate in the assembly of the saints. Gather with the congregation on earth that joins the worship assembly in Heaven.
When you’re amazed at God’s mercy and faithfulness to save you by Christ’s cross, do you think, “I can’t wait to go to church?”!
Suggested songs: ARP189 “Universal Praise” or HB137 “Blessing and Honor and Glory and Power”

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