Preparing our Hearts to Worship
In an effort to help you prepare for theJuly 1, 2018, Sunday morning corporate worship gathering and to aid you in your own reflections on theEmotions in the Psalms.I wanted to pose a few questions and provide a few resources to prayerfully consider over the coming days. Our sermon is entitled, “The Blessing of Being Forgiven”The main Scriptures for the day are Psalm 32.
(Pick and choose from the many resources and options, which I have tried to make available for your devotional life.)
From the Scriptures
Please read through Psalm 32 this week.
You can read or listen to them here.
From the Creeds and Confessions
Westminster Confession of Faith, Chapter 15
Chapter XV – Of Repentance unto Life
Repentance unto life is an evangelical grace, the doctrine whereof is to be preached by every minister of the Gospel, as well as that of faith in Christ.
By it, a sinner, out of the sight and sense not only of the danger, but also of the filthiness and odiousness of his sins, as contrary to the holy nature, and righteous law of God; and upon the apprehension of His mercy in Christ to such as are penitent, so grieves for, and hates his sins, as to turn from them all unto God, purposing and endeavouring to walk with Him in all the ways of His commandments.
Although repentance is not to be rested in, as any satisfaction for sin, or any cause of the pardon thereof, which is the act of God’s free grace in Christ, yet it is of such necessity to all sinners, that none may expect pardon without it.
As there is no sin so small, but it deserves damnation; so there is no sin so great, that it can bring damnation upon those who truly repent.
Men ought not to content themselves with a general repentance, but it is every man’s duty to endeavor to repent of his particular sins, particularly.
As every man is bound to make private confession of his sins to God, praying for the pardon thereof; upon which, and the forsaking of them, he shall find mercy; so he that scandelizeth his brother, or the Church of Christ, ought to be willing, by a private or public confession and sorrow for his sin, to declare his repentance to those that are offended; who are thereupon to be reconciled to him, and in love to receive him.
Westminster Shorter Catechism Q98
What is prayer?
Prayer is an offering up of our desires unto God, for things agreeable to his will, in the name of Christ, with confession of our sins, and thankful acknowledgment of his mercies.
From the songs, hymns and spiritual songs of the Church
Depth of Mercy (Kenosis):Lyrics, Video
Confession Song: Video
Confession (True Vine Music): Lyrics, Music
For Thoughtful Reflection, Prayer, or further Study
Watch The Bible Project’s video summary of Psalms.
Reflect on The Gospel Coalition article, Why we need confession of sin.
What sins do you need to specifically confess in order to have a joyous relationship with God?
The Sermon will be available onlineon July 1, 2018 at 12:30 pm.
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