Tuesday, May 29, 2018

2018.05.29 Hopewell @Home ▫ Psalm 22:27-31

Questions for Littles: Who will remember and turn to the Lord (v27)? Who will worship before Him? To whom does the kingdom belong (v28)? Who rules over the nations? Who will eat and worship (v29)? Who will be before Him? What can’t people do for themselves? Who will serve the Lord, according to v30? Whom should each generation tell about the Lord? To what people will they declare His righteousness (v31)?
This week’s Call to Worship, Prayer for Help, and Confession of Sin all came from Psalm 22:27-31. As we have been learning recently, this was part of the joy set before Christ, for which He was able to endure the cross.

As our Lord suffered the penalty of our sin, He was sustained by the hope of Christian worship assemblies, in which He would declare His Father's name to His brethren and sing His Father's praise (cf. Ps 22:22-26).

The Lord delights in our Lord's Day services as a partial fulfillment of that, as congregations on earth join that perfect worship of the great congregation in glory. We hope to hear more about that, by God's help, in morning worship on June 3rd.

But, even more, there is coming a day when the Lord will have gathered in His people from all nations to the end of the earth, and all families throughout history. And it is then that the ultimate fulfillment of Psalm 22:27-31 will have been completed.

From now until that day, there are two great tasks that we can undertake to participate in the glorious spread of the gospel: missionary work, in which we spread the gospel to parts of the world that it has not yet gone, but more and more by recounting to our children the great deeds of the Lord, and that they charge their children to do the same, who will do so with their own children, etc.

Perhaps some of us will be surprised that it is this transmitting of the gospel from one generation to the next that is emphasized in a section that begins with vv27-29. But let us not be: God invented the family and loves to work through it. He created human fatherhood and childhood to mimic something about Himself.

That’s right… when you have family worship, you are bringing about that thing that was such a joy to Christ, that it is what sustained Him upon the cross! Doesn’t that make you want to not miss a single opportunity to tell your children of the Lord? God grant that we would make the most of our time with them!
What members of the next generation are you telling about Christ? When/how?
Suggested songs: ARP162 “All Ends of Earth” or HB501 “The Ends of All the Earth Shall Hear”

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