JULY 13, 2017
"Getting Ready for Sunday" is a resource we provide to help the church look ahead to the upcoming Sunday. We want to prepare well for gathering together by reading God’s word, praying, and singing.
We are continuing our series through the Psalms “Ascribe.”
This week we are looking at Psalm 99 and seeing that truth of God leads to the praise of God, which leads to following God on mission.
Our Call to Worship is Psalm 99:1-5:
The Lord reigns; let the peoples tremble!
He sits enthroned upon the cherubim; let the earth quake!
The Lord is great in Zion;
he is exalted over all the peoples.
Let them praise your great and awesome name!
Holy is he!
The King in his might loves justice.
You have established equity;
you have executed justice
and righteousness in Jacob.
Exalt the Lord our God;
worship at his footstool!
Holy is he!
Psalm 99 calls us to worship God by painting a big picture of the holiness of God. We can often be tempted to believe that God is not great or good, but this psalm reorients us to the truth by showing us who our holy king is. In this psalm we see how God is great and “exalted” above all the earth and peoples, his throne is powerful angels, and the earth quakes in awe before him. There is none who is great like our God and we worship him for his might and power. The Psalm then reminds us that there is no one who is good like our King. The psalm tell us that God “in his might” loves justice, and has “established equity”. Our King uses his power and might to bring justice and peace. He has done this through Jesus Christ who has conquered sin, death and evil and restored us to him!
Read Psalm 99 and pray that God would:
1. Fill our hearts with awe at his holiness.
2. Grow us to love holiness and justice just like he does.
Here are the songs we are singing this week. We chose these songs because they exalt God as king in our lives and remind us that his presence and power is what sustains and guides us.
Here is last week's sermon in case you missed it.