Call to Worship
Receive God’s gracious call to worship.
Let the peoples praise You, O God; Let all the peoples praise You. Oh, let the nations be glad and sing for joy! For You shall judge the people righteously, And govern the nations on earth. Selah Let the peoples praise You, O God; Let all the peoples praise You. (Psalm 67:3–5)
Offer this praise to God:
Great God, we bless You that the battle between Yourself and the powers of darkness has never been uncertain. We praise Your name that now it is for ever sure to end in victory.
Amidst the struggles of the present day, we would look back to the conflicts of Calvary, and see how our Lord for ever… broke the dragon’s head.
Oh, that Your people this morning might know that they are contending with a vanquished enemy, that they go forth to fight against one who, with all his subtlety and all his strength, has already been overthrown by Him who is our Covenant Head, our Leader, our Husband, our all.
Grant to Your dear children who are by any means depressed because they feel the serpent at their heel, that that they may bless the name of Him whose heel was bruised before, but who in the very bruising broke the serpent’s head.
Our souls with songs of inward joy extol the mighty Conqueror. All honor and glory be unto Him who stood foot to foot with the Arch Enemy, but who was never wounded by him; the prince of this world came, but he had nothing in You.
O Jesus, no tendency to sin, no turning aside; but You won from the first, even to the last, a glorious victory over this dread adversary of mankind.
We see You now arrayed in Your clothing dipped, with blood, victorious over all Your foes. Our Spirit triumphs in the anticipation of the time when all Your enemies shall be destroyed, and death and hell shall be cast into the lake of fire, and God Shall be all in all.
Oh that the time were come … for Your advent, when the hidden shall be revealed, and the church of God shall no longer need her wings with which to flee, but shall come forth in all the glory with which Your love arrays her, clothed with the sun and with the moon beneath her feet.
Glory, and honour, and majesty, and power, and dominion, and might, be unto Him that sits upon the throne and unto the Lamb for ever and ever!
Hear God’s perfect requirements.
Then He lifted up His eyes toward His disciples, and said: “Blessed are you poor, For yours is the kingdom of God. Blessed are you who hunger now, For you shall be filled. Blessed are you who weep now, For you shall laugh. Blessed are you when men hate you, And when they exclude you, And revile you, and cast out your name as evil, For the Son of Man’s sake. Rejoice in that day and leap for joy! For indeed your reward is great in heaven, For in like manner their fathers did to the prophets. “But woe to you who are rich, For you have received your consolation. Woe to you who are full, For you shall hunger. Woe to you who laugh now, For you shall mourn and weep. Woe to you when all men speak well of you, For so did their fathers to the false prophets. (Luke 6:20–26)
Confession of Sin
Confess and repent of sins before God.
We would confess our many sins, with great self abhorrence, and detestation of them. The Lord be pleased to forgive his servants in this thing, and let us each this morning feel the application of the precious “blood which speaks better things than that of Abel.”
May every child of God know now that he is clean through the washing of the blood. Oh that we might be certain that no guilt is recorded against us now, for it is blotted out for ever and the record is destroyed. Being justified by faith may we have peace, deep, lasting peace with God, through Jesus Christ our Lord.
And Lord, will You be pleased to heal us of any wounds that we have received in the great conflict.
You know that during the week some of us have been in the thick of the battle, and manifold temptations have gathered about us. If we have acquired defilement, be pleased to put it away.
If in converse with the world we have mired or dusted our feet, wash them, blessed Master, … that we may be clean every whit.
Assurance of Pardon
Hear the promise of grace:
My little children, these things I write to you, so that you may not sin. And if anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous. And He Himself is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the whole world. (1 John 2:1–2)
Offer this praise to God:
Now to Him who is able to establish you according to my gospel and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery kept secret since the world began but now made manifest, and by the prophetic Scriptures made known to all nations, according to the commandment of the everlasting God, for obedience to the faith- to God, alone wise, be glory through Jesus Christ forever. Amen. (Rom. 16:25-27)
Testify what you believe of Christian truth:
THEREFORE, following the holy fathers, we all with one accord teach men to acknowledge
one and the same Son, our Lord Jesus Christ,
at once complete in Godhead and complete in manhood,
truly God and truly man,
consisting also of a reasonable soul and body;
of one substance with the Father as regards his Godhead,
and at the same time of one substance with us as regards his manhood;
like us in all respects, apart from sin;
as regards his Godhead, begotten of the Father before the ages,
but yet as regards his manhood begotten, for us men and for our salvation, of Mary the Virgin, the Godbearer;
one and the same Christ, Son, Lord, Only-begotten,
recognized in two natures, without confusion, without change, without division, without separation;
the distinction of natures being in no way annulled by the union,
but rather the characteristics of each nature being preserved and coming together to form one person and subsistence,
not as parted or separated into two persons,
but one and the same Son and Only-begotten God the Word, Lord Jesus Christ;
even as the prophets from earliest times spoke of him, and our Lord Jesus Christ himself taught us,
and the creed of the fathers has handed down to us. (Formula of Chalcedon, A. D. 451)
Learn from Spurgeon’s catechism.
65. Is any man able perfectly to keep the commandments of God?
A. No mere man, since the fall, is able in his life perfectly to keep the commandments of God (Ecc 7:20), but does daily break them in thought, (Gen 8:21) word (Jam 3:8), and deed (Jam 3:2).
66. Are all transgressions of the law equally heinous?
A. Some sins in themselves, and by reason of various aggravations, are more heinous in the sight of God than others (Jhn 19:11; 1Jo 5:15).
67. What does every sin deserve?
A. Every sin deserves God’s wrath and curse, both in this life and that which is to come (Eph 5:6; Psa 11:6).
Prayer for Illumination
Ask for spiritual understanding before reading God’s Word:
O Lord, it has seemed to us impossible not to love You; for You are so supremely lovable, so full of goodness, so perfect.
You have manifested Yourself to us as love, and shall not love go out towards love? We feel our hearts warmed towards You, in the person of Your dear Son. Surely we cannot see Him made our brother, bone of our bone, and flesh of our flesh, sympathizing with us, married to us, dead for us and risen again for us— we cannot gaze into His royal face, without feeling our heart melt at the very sight of Him.
Oh, Jesus we love You — we are Yours; and You are ours.
You have given Yourself to us, as well as for us; and now we cheerfully give ourselves back to You, feeling that we are never so much our own, as when we are Yours; that indeed we are not ourselves, until we are lost in You; but that then have we found our true humanity, when it and all else is surrendered to the all conquering power of Jesus Christ our Lord.
We come … with the same prayer with which we commenced — it is the prayer for love.
Read Scripture with dependence and a desire to obey.
Day 26: Isaiah 26:3-4 (Perfect Peace in Trusting God)
Prayer of Intercession
Make your requests with thanksgiving, and pray this prayer.
O Lord, if there are any of Your servants exercised about the cases of others, we would thank You for them. Raise up in the church many intercessors, who shall plead for the prosperity of Zion, and give You no rest till You establish her, and make her a joy in the land.
There are some of us that cried to You about our country. You know how in secret, we groaned and sighed over evil times; and You have begun to hear us already, for which we desire to praise and bless Your name.
But we would not cease to pray for this land, that You would roll away from it all its sin. That You would deliver it from the curse of drunkenness, from infidelity, from popery, from ritualism, from rationalism, and every form of evil, and that this land might become a holy land.
O Lord, bring the multitudes of the working men to listen to the gospel. … Lord give them a love to Your house, a desire to hear Your gospel.
And then will You look upon the poor rich who, so many of them, know nothing about You, and are worshipping their own wealth.
The Lord grant that the many for whom there are no special gospel service, but who are wrapped up in self-righteousness, might be brought to hear the gospel of Jesus, that they also, as well as the poor, might come to Christ.
God bless this land with more of gospel light; with more of gospel life and love. You will hear us O Lord!
Then would we pray for our children, that they might be saved. Some of us can no longer pray for our children’s conversion our prayers are heard already; but there are others who have children who vex them, and grieve their hearts.
Close with the blessing of God.
God be merciful to us and bless us, And cause His face to shine upon us, Selah, That Your way may be known on earth, Your salvation among all nations. (Psalm 67:1–2)