Tuesday, March 12, 2019

2019.03.12 Hopewell @Home ▫ Psalm 92:1-9

Questions for Littles: For what day is this Psalm a song (title)? What two things does Psalm 92:1 say are good to do on the Sabbath? When does Psalm 92:2 say that it is good to do this? What Levitical instruments are mentioned in Psalm 92:3? What does the psalmist feel, as he praises God, in Psalm 92:4? Why? What two things does the psalmist praise in Psalm 92:5? Who doesn’t see these things (Psalm 92:6)? What will happen to such wicked enemies of God (Psalm 92:7Psalm 92:9)? Why—where is God, and for how long (Psalm 92:8)? 
This week’s Call to Worship, Prayer for Help, Song of Adoration, and Confession of Sin all came from Psalm 92:1-9. This is a particularly appropriate passage for Lord’s Day worship, because the Holy Spirit Himself titled it “A Song for the Sabbath Day.”

And what is the Sabbath for? Worship. Worship in the morning. Worship in the evening. Worship in the officially consecrated service, through God’s appointed priest—this is the implication of the instruments in Psalm 92:3… how beautiful it is when God’s design for worship is followed! Of course, God’s appointed priest now isn’t the Levitical string section, but Jesus who plays the melody of grace upon our hearts (cf. Ephesians 5:19 with Colossians 3:16).

The Sabbath is a day for setting aside our works for considering, by means of the Lord’s works, the Lord Himself.

If we know Him—and we do so primarily and especially by knowing Christ, whose redemption is God’s greatest work by far—if we know Him, then we will love an entire day to spend praising and thanking Him for His works and the thoughts toward us that His works reveal!

The flipside of this is what it says of us if we don’t really want to spend the day this way. Then, we are those senseless fools who say in our hearts that there is no God. And what a frightening position to be in! God isn’t going to get off the throne just because we don’t enjoy Him enough (cf. Psalm 92:8).

Thankfully, His greatest work has been for Himself to be our righteousness in Jesus, and for Himself to suffer as a perishing enemy in our place, in Jesus!
What do you love to do on the Lord’s Day? For what does this show great love?
Suggested songs: ARP92 “It’s Good to Thank the Lord” or TPH157 “When Morning Gilds the Skies”

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