"For it is all for your sake, so that as grace extends to more and more people it may increase thanksgiving, to the glory of God." — 2 Cor. 4:15

November 4, 2018

The opening verses of Psalm 105 describe what we are to do each week as we gather for worship as a local church.

Oh give thanks to the LORD; call upon his name;
            make known his deeds among the peoples!
Sing to him, sing praises to him;
            tell of all his wondrous works!
Glory in his holy name;
            let the hearts of those who seek the LORD rejoice!
Seek the LORD and his strength;
            seek his presence continually!
Remember the wondrous works that he has done,
            his miracles, and the judgments he uttered,
O offspring of Abraham, his servant,
            children of Jacob, his chosen ones! (Psalm 105:1-6)

The wondrous works that this Psalm recounts are God’s rescuing works through Joseph. And they are a helpful recap of the ground we have covered in our God Meant It for Good series so far.          

When he summoned a famine on the land
            and broke all supply of bread,
he had sent a man ahead of them,
             Joseph, who was sold as a slave.
His feet were hurt with fetters;
            his neck was put in a collar of iron;
until what he had said came to pass,
            the word of the LORD tested him.
The king sent and released him;
            the ruler of the peoples set him free;
he made him lord of his house
            and ruler of all his possessions,
to bind his princes at his pleasure
            and to teach his elders wisdom.
Then Israel came to Egypt;
            Jacob sojourned in the land of Ham.
And the LORD made his people very fruitful
            and made them stronger than their foes. (Psalm 105:16-24)

As we come to chapter 48 this Sunday, Jacob has been reunited with his long, lost son Joseph and is about to exit the stage of redemptive history. But God has far more wondrous works ahead, as his words of blessing over Joseph’s son will describe.

Join us as Rob Lister will be preaching and Kenny Clark will be leading our sung worship. Please pray for each as they prepare. And pray for each one who will be here Sunday, that as we seek the LORD, His strength, and his presence we will find it.

See you Sunday!

BONUS LINK OF THE WEEK:

My Ransom (Doxology)

We will be singing this song on Sunday. Why don’t we ever move past the gospel to bigger and greater things? Why do we rehearse it every week when we gather?

Because our confidence that Jesus’ wounds have paid our ransom makes all the difference. This song beautifully reminds us what that difference is in less than three minutes! Enjoy.

Categories: Sermon Prep (LM)