Order of Service, December 31, 2023

Introduction

This Lord’s Day we will look at Psalm 1 where we will find an encouraging description of the believer, “the righteous” and “blessed man,” and a sobering description of the unbeliever, “the wicked.” The message from the passage will set forth the believer as one preoccupied with God’s Word, “the Law of the Lord” (v. 2) and enjoying spiritual prosperity (v. 3). Those who know the Lord have affections and habits of thinking related to the Word of God. They find His Word a “delight” (v. 2), “more to be desired…than gold, even much fine gold; sweeter also than honey” (Ps 19:10). As New Testament believers we know that God’s spoken Word culminates in the Living Word made flesh, the Lord Jesus (Heb 1:2; Jn 1:1, 14), and in Him the Christian finds never ending delight and food for meditation (Col 2:3). The message will also point out the coming doom for those who do not know the Lord (Ps. 1:4-5) and encourage them to “take refuge in the Son” (Ps 2:12). What is the explanation for the great difference between the righteous and the wicked? God’s loyal, favorable and intimate involvement in the life of the righteous and His unfavorable and condemning disposition toward the wicked; therefore, the wicked will “perish” (v. 6).

The elements of the service will focus on God who graciously grants blessings to His people, the Word of God where those blessings are revealed, and the Lord Jesus, the living Word, through whom all our blessings graciously flow to us.

PREPARATION FOR WORSHIP

Prelude

Call to Worship:      Hebrews 1:1-2

Invocation

PROCLAMATION

Hymn 2           Praise, My Soul, the King of Heaven

Notes: This hymn worships God the Father for the blessings he graciously gives us in salvation and faithfully throughout life.

Worship through Giving

Hymn 218       Holy Bible, Book Divine

Notes: This hymn captures how the believer feels about the Scripture—“precious treasure, thou are mine”—and some of the benefits from It which he possess and in which he greatly delights. 

Scripture Reading     Psalm 19

This Psalm is concerned with the revelation of God, the general revelation of God in creation (1-6) and the written revelation of God in the Scripture (7-11). With unuttered words, creation declares the “glory of God.” Romans 1:20 says that it reveals “his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature.” But God’s revelation of Himself comes most fully and reliably in His written Word which possesses wonderful benefits that delight the believer as seen in verses 7-11.

Pastoral Prayer

Hymn 39     How Sweet the Name of Jesus Sounds

Notes: This hymn meditates on the wonderful blessings that the believer finds in the Lord Jesus. The contrast between what we deserve and what we have received in Him as believers causes us to cherish Him as the greatest of all blessings and makes His name “sweet” to us.

Message: Are You Known by the Lord?
Text: Psalm 1
Pastor Ethan Hamilton

RESPONSE

Hymn 90        Crown Him with Many Crowns

Note: This hymn is chosen primarily because it provides a wonderful example for us of meditating on Jesus Christ. The hymn writer takes up various Scriptural descriptions of the Person of Christ—”the Lamb upon His throne,” “the Son of God,” “the Lord of Love,” “the Lord of life,” “the Lord of years”—and poetically represents what the Scripture has to say about each. 

Prayer Response:      Joel Owen

Benediction:      John Miles