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Preparing for the Lord's Day
Angels are impressive creatures. Unlike the winged babies or mild human-like portrayals of angels in popular culture, the Biblical description of angels is much more terrifying. It is not uncommon for humans to become frozen with terror in the presence of angels or to fall down and worship. As our passage for this Sunday explains they are like a mighty wind and a flame of fire. God’s angels execute judgments on his behalf, they communicate his divine will, and they protect his most vulnerable children. If there were any creature worthy of our adoration and worship it would be these magnificent spiritual creatures. However, God’s angels continually refuse to be worshipped. For it is their purpose to direct worship to the one true God.
There are many glorious things in this world that can draw our attention away from God. There are good and beautiful aspects of creation. There are mountains that are awe-inspiring. There are magnificent animals such as rhinos and blue whales and Siberian tigers. There are human beings with physical, artistic, or intellectual talents that captivate us. However, none of these amazing things are worthy of our worship. Rather we are called to worship the one true God alone. In our passage for this Sunday what we will see is that the author to the Hebrews is calling upon every Christian to worship the Lord Jesus Christ above all the heavenly hosts because of his divine nature, his divine honor, and his divine work. To come prepared for the sermon, take time this week to read and to meditate upon Hebrews 1:4-9, Deuteronomy 32:43, 2 Samuel 7, Psalm 2, Psalm 45, Matthew 28:17, Revelation 5:5-6, and Westminster Confession of Faith 2.2.
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 You That Fear Jehovah’s Name,” the Acclamation of Praise “Rejoice, the Lord Is King,” and the Hymn of Response “All Glory Be to Christ.” 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!
Text: Hebrews 1:4-9
Title: Above All Heavenly Powers
- We Must Worship Christ For His Divine Nature (v. 5)
- We Must Worship Christ For His Divine Honor (v. 6)
- We Must Worship Christ For His Divine Work (vv. 7-9)