The Prelude – December 2nd

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The Heavens Declare the Glory of God

Psalm 19 reminds us that we don’t have to look long or far to see what God is like. It’s everywhere around us. This world is saturated with God’s glory, dripping from every corner. Enjoy the nourishment that comes when adoring His creation. It is only worth adoring because we know He created it.

“Before the hills in order stood
Or earth received her frame,
From everlasting Thou art God,
To endless years the same”

(from “O God, Our Help in Ages Past”)

How Great is Our Offense?

How often do we minimize our crimes against the glorious creator? If we ever find ourselves questioning whether our sin is really all that bad, all we must do is look at its cure. The extent of suffering that Christ endured on our behalf, receiving in full the very wrath of God, displays the gravity of our wickedness. And the same event that shows us the depths of our sin, also demonstrates the heights of His love. We will sing together this Sunday of this stark contrast in “Arise, My Soul, Arise”.

“Five bleeding wounds He bears, received on Calvary
They pour effectual prayers; they strongly plead for me
“Forgive him, oh forgive,” they cry
“Nor let that ransomed sinner die!”

With Confidence, We Now Draw Nigh, And ‘Father, Abba, Father’ Cry

For the creator of all things knew what would be required before the first mountain rose. The hymn “Come Praise and Glorify” points us back to Ephesians 1 where Paul explains that nothing ever happens apart from God’s eternal plans and purpose. Knowing that we would all turn astray, He graciously planned for us to be restored to perfect holiness and to stand before the King of Kings without blemish or stain.

For pure and blameless in His sight
He destined us to be
And now we’ve been adopted through
His Son eternally

Read through Ephesians 1 and reflect on God’s holy, eternal plan for those He calls to Himself

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