Call to Worship
Receive God’s gracious call to worship.
Praise the Lord! Praise, O servants of the Lord, Praise the name of the Lord! Blessed be the name of the Lord From this time forth and forevermore! From the rising of the sun to its going down The Lord’s name is to be praised. (Psalm 113:1–3)
Offer this praise to God:
Our Father, blessed be the grace and love which have taught us to use that dear familiar name — “Our Father, which are in heaven,” and therefore highest and most exalted, and worthy to be breathed with awe and reverence by all that draw near to You.
“Hallowed be Your Name.” Oh that all the earth would ever reverence it.
As for ourselves, enable us by Your grace to use it with awe and trembling; and may a consideration of the glorious character which is intended by Your gracious name, ever lay us in the very dust before You, and yet lift us up with holy joy and with an unwavering confidence.
We come before You…through Christ Jesus to express our entire confidence in You. We believe that You are, and that You are the rewarder of them that diligently seek You.
Glorious Jehovah, the God of Abraham, of Isaac, and of Jacob, You have not changed: You are still a covenant God, and You keep that covenant to all Your people; neither do You permit a single word of it to fall to the ground.
All Your promises are yea and amen in Christ Jesus to Your glory by us, and we believe those promises will be fulfilled in every jot and title: not one of them shall want its mate, not one of them shall fall to the ground like the frivolous words of men. Have You said and will You not do it?
Hear God’s perfect requirements.
But if you have bitter envy and self-seeking in your hearts, do not boast and lie against the truth. This wisdom does not descend from above, but is earthly, sensual, demonic. For where envy and self-seeking exist, confusion and every evil thing are there. But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality and without hypocrisy. (James 3:14–17)
Confession of Sin
Confess and repent of sins before God.
First we would lie humbly before You, confessing our sin, our frequent sin, our willful sin; our sin against light and knowledge; sins of heart and thought, sins of word and sins of action.
There is no power of body, or of the will, which has not been defiled with sin; and we confess this before You with much shame. So great has been the stream, that we are sure, there must be a deep and large fount of pollution within our nature, and You have made some of us to know that it is so.
You have taken us into the chambers of imagery, that are within our spirit, and we have dug through the wall, and have gone from one chamber to another; and the deeper we search, the more we are shocked, and the further we have prayed into the secrets of our being, the more are we utterly ashamed that we should be such creatures as we are by nature.
…“We are altogether as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags!” “We all do fade as a leaf, and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away.” As the wind strips the leaves from the trees and leaves them bare, so we stand before You…
We have not by nature, one green shoot or anything like fruit we are unprofitable altogether, and only fit to be “hewn down and cast into the fire;” for what fruit we have borne, if it has been the fruit of our nature, has been more the fruit of thorns and thistles, than of figs and grapes.
Lord God, we wonder that You ever had any mercy on us at all; for in justice and judgment, if we were set upon the Throne, we could do no other than condemn ourselves, for there is no plea against Your justice that can be found within our lives or nature….
O God, You have smitten a heavy blow at our proud self; You have made us lie broken in pieces before You. You have set up another in the place of the false god that ruled us.
We do not live for self, nor even for self-salvation. Jesus Christ has become the Lord and Master of our spirit, and He has delivered us from the dominion of self and sin, and helped us to be obedient unto You.
Now, henceforth, the strongest portion of our will is towards holiness.
Oh, that we could be perfectly holy! we sigh after it and cry after it we think we could bear all trials, we feel persuaded we could give up all pleasures, if we might but win the pleasure of complete obedience to God. This, indeed, is the target towards which, like arrows shot from an archer’s bow, our lives are speeding. Though rough winds turn us aside, yet shall we strike the target by Your grace.
The Lord be pleased to help us every day to put down sin.
Assurance of Pardon
Hear the promise of grace:
The Lord your God in your midst, The Mighty One, will save; He will rejoice over you with gladness, He will quiet you with His love, He will rejoice over you with singing.” (Zephaniah 3:17)
Offer this praise to God:
Now to our God and Father be glory forever and ever. Amen. (Philippians 4:20)
Testify what you believe of Christian truth:
And you He made alive, who were dead in trespasses and sins, in which you once walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit who now works in the sons of disobedience, among whom also we all once conducted ourselves in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, just as the others. But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, that in the ages to come He might show the exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast. For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them. (Ephesians 2:1–10)
Learn from Spurgeon’s catechism.
61. Which is the ninth commandment?
A. The ninth commandment is, “Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour.”
62. What is required in the ninth commandment?
A. The ninth commandment requires the maintaining and promoting of truth between man and man (Zech. 8:16), and of our own (1Pe 3:16; Act 25:10), and our neighbour’s good name (3Jo 1:12), especially in witness-bearing (Pro 14:5, 25).
63. What is the tenth commandment?
A. The tenth commandment is, “Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour’s house; thou shalt not covet thy neighbour’s wife, nor his manservant, or his maidservant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor anything that is thy neighbour’s.”
64. What is forbidden in the tenth commandment?
A. The tenth commandment forbids all discontentment with our own estate (1Cr 10:10), envying or grieving at the good of our neighbour, (Gal 5:26) and all inordinate emotions and affections to anything that is his (Col 3:5).
Prayer for Illumination
Ask for spiritual understanding before reading God’s Word:
But Lord, when our soul cleaves to the dust, You can still quicken us according to Your word; and we ask You to make this a red-letter day in our experience.
May we renew our youth … may the joy of our first days be restored may the childlike faith of the first steps we ever took towards Christ, be given to us now; and may we learn to rest in the Lord and wait patiently for Him.
O Lord our God, we do beseech You look upon the faint hearted and such as are suffering with affliction. Bring again from Bashan, yea bring up Your people from the depths of the sea.
Take away our mourning and give us music: remove our sackcloth and give us beauty take away our sighs and fill our mouths with songs; and let this be a radiant day of gladness, and a time of feasting from the Bridegroom’s own hand; and may our own spirits, rejoice in Him with joy unspeakable and full of glory.
Read Scripture with dependence and a desire to obey.
Day 25: Psalm 19 (The Law of the Lord)
Prayer of Intercession
Make your requests with thanksgiving, and pray this prayer.
Oh You whose every word is music, whose every promise is balm, whose every touch is life, draw near to the weary warrior now, and refresh us that we may rise again to the conflict, and never tire until the last enemy shall be beneath our feet, as beneath our Master’s feet. And O Lord, if it may please You, look upon any of Your servants who are more than ordinarily tried, or who by reason of bodily weakness or the stress of severe trial, may specially need consolation, put under such the everlasting arms.
So let the whole host be refreshed. Let those that lie in hospital be brought out of it and made whole, and as it is said of the host when You brought it out of Egypt, “there was not one feeble person in all their tribes,” so may it be with us; may the weakest become as David, and David as the Angel of the Lord…. Deny us not we beseech You.
And now, we ask You to give victory to Your church all over the world.
Oh look, You Mighty One, look down upon the heathen, and see how their gods stand riveted to their thrones. Cast them down, O Christ!
You who have cast out the dragon, cast down these inferior powers of darkness until not an idol god shall be left…..
Lord, look on countries where the gospel is proclaimed, and yet men live in sin, and the policy of many … is unchristian, if not anti-christian.
Oh look You on the nations; gather out the remnant of the woman’s seed, even from among them, and let the light of Your chosen shine forth, that it may be seen that Your saints are not only lights to themselves but lights of the world, lights of the nations wherein they dwell.
… Behold this day the gospel is preached, but the many turn their backs upon it. They might hear it, and they will not, and many that do hear it, reject it.
The Lord raise up many voices yet that will be heard, that must be heard; and open men’s ears; compel them to hear; yea, compel them to come into Your marriage banquet, that Your Son may have guests at His great feast of mercy.
The Lord bless us this day. Help us to be voices for God.
Close with the blessing of God.
Become complete. Be of good comfort, be of one mind, live in peace; and the God of love and peace will be with you. (2 Corinthians 13:11)