Guest preacher Matt Bradley from Covenant Presbyterian Church in Nashville will conclude our summer sermons on the Psalms—finding our satisfaction in Christ as seen in Psalm 73. Recognizing that this satisfaction is revealed through this Psalm with a right understanding of approaching the House of the Lord, we begin with the Call to Worship from Psalm 100 and the injunction to come into His presence with singing and thanksgiving. We will do just that as we raise our voices in praise with the Opening Hymns of Praise—Come, Christians Join to Sing and Glory Be to God the Father.
The New Testament Reading from Hebrews 10 is a reminder of the sufficiency of the blood of Christ to enable us to enter into the holy places since Christ is our Great Priest. We live out this “confession of hope” by encouraging one another in worship. However, as the Prayer of Confession from Psalm 16 reveals, we are far too often distracted by other gods, and we need to be reminded of the “fullness of joy” in His presence. And as Psalm 65 states in the Assurance, “We shall be satisfied with the goodness of Your house, the holiness of Your temple!”
We continue by singing Psalm 5, Hear My Words, and the desire that the “fullness of Thy grace” will be evident as we worship in the holy place of the Lord. The Hymns of Communion provoke praise for the Lord even in our doubts and trials as well as an invitation to approach the Mercy Seat where Jesus answers prayers as well as answering the condemnation of our sin through His blood.
We conclude with O Lord, How Joyful ‘Tis to See, a setting of Psalm 133 that speaks of the unity of the body of Christ in the midst of worship in the House of the Lord. May that be true for us this morning and every Lord’s Day!