Repost from Pr. Flamme:
(5 verses, 0:17 to read)
What I am about to READ
- Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth!
- An invitation to worship (1-2).
- Sermon on the Lord’s person and work (3).
- The response of thanksgiving (4).
- Concluding sermon on the Lord’s goodness and faithfulness (5).
- Singing has always been an expression of faithful worship. That’s why we also sing the liturgy and hymns. It also reflects what service to the Lord looks like. Now why should our service be that of joyful song?
- The first sermon teaches that YHWH, the personal name that the Israelites called upon in prayer, is God. He is the creator and we are his creatures. This is a short way of confessing what we learn in the first article of the Apostle’s Creed. Not only are we God’s creatures, like a rock or a tree, we are also the recipients of his special care and protection. As a shepherd cares for his flock, so the Lord cares for us. This brings to mind the second article of the Creed, namely that Jesus is our Good Shepherd who feeds us with his own righteousness.
- The response to receiving God’s care through Jesus is nothing but thanksgiving. This service seeks to merit or earn nothing from God. It merely gives voice to Saints who have been saved from sin, death, and the devil.
- The second sermon teaches that the Lord is good. Read within the entire context of the psalms and Scripture, this teaches the gospel, that Jesus has died for sinners. His steadfast love endures through the preaching and teaching of the forgiveness of sins for Christ’s sake. He remains faithful these promises throughout all generations.
- Prayer: Heavenly Father, teach me to serve you with the gladness of thanksgiving because you have blessed me with your grace and favor through Jesus’ blood and merit. Amen
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-Pastor A. Brian Flamme