August 11, 2018 - Preparing for the Lord’s Day
Preparing for the Lord’s Day
Psalm 23 may be one of the most well-known passages of Scripture. The image of a shepherd pasturing his flock with care and attention resonates with us all. Therefore, it is not surprising that the image of the shepherd is a common illustration used to describe the Lord’s relationship to His people. “The Lord is my shepherd I shall not want…” (Ps 23:1). “He will tend his flock like a shepherd; he will gather the lambs in his arms…” (Isa 40:11). “I myself will be the shepherd of my sheep, and I myself will make them lie down, declares the Lord GOD” (Ezek 34:15). Throughout the book of Numbers the Lord has acted as the shepherd of His people Israel (Ps 78:52). He has watched over them, guided them, and led them from Egypt to Canaan. In our passage for this Sunday we will see that the Lord has been a good shepherd to His sheep, ensuring that each of His sheep makes it home. To come prepared for the sermon take time this week to read and to meditate upon Numbers 26-27, Psalm 78:51-55, Ezekiel 34:11-18, John 10:1-18 and Westminster Confession of Faith 17.
As we gather to worship the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit this Lord’s day, we will join our hearts in song, singing the Hymn of Praise “All Praise to God, Who Reigns Above”, the Acclamation of Praise “O For a Thousand Tongues to Sing”and the Hymn of Response “Savior, like a Shepherd Lead Us” Let us come to worship this Sunday prepared to hear God’s Word, to receive it in faith, to love and treasure it in our hearts, and to practice it in our lives that we may continue to glorify and enjoy Him!