A time to be humbled & then reassured in Christ
Let’s take a time to humble ourselves before God and confess our sins to Him. If you’re on your own, why not read this through in your head and then read it out again as a prayer to God. If you’re with others, perhaps one of you can read it and all join in the AMEN at the end.
Almighty and most merciful Father, we are thankful that your mercy is
higher than the heavens,
wider than our wanderings,
deeper than all our sin.
Forgive our careless attitudes toward your purposes,
our being slow or reluctant or even refusing to relieve the suffering of others,
the envy we have to those who have more than we do, or that we think have a better life than us,
our obsession with creating a life of constant pleasure,
The ease with which we are distracted from your wise and gracious ways,
our indifference to the treasures you have for us in heaven with You.
Through Your Son, forgive us our sin.
By Your Spirit, Help us to change from the inside out
so that we may desire what is good,
love what you love,
and do what you command.
In Jesus name. Amen.
The LORD is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in love. He will not always accuse, nor will he harbour his anger forever; he does not treat us as our sins deserve or repay us according to our iniquities. For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his love for those who fear him; as far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us.
As we respond to God’s Word, we’re going to sing an old hymn and a new one.
Both speak of God’s judgment. It’s important we speak and sing of the reality of God’s judgment, whether in history or at the end of time because this his humbles us and it glorifies God, since He is right and is setting the world to rights. But even more these songs lift our eyes and hearts to the glory of God’s saving love for sinners through Christ, who came to earth, lived, died, was raised again for all who will repent and believe in Him. In other words, as the last song so beautifully expresses it, all who are joined to Jesus by faith!
[I’ve put all the verses below, though only 4 are in this version]
Day of judgment! Day of wonders!
Hark! the trumpet’s awful sound,
Louder than a thousand thunders,
Shakes the vast creation round!
How the summons wilt the sinner’s heart confound!
See the Judge, our nature wearing,
Clothed in majesty divine!
You who long for His appearing
Then shall say, “This God is mine!”
Gracious Saviour, own me in that day for Thine!
At His call the dead awaken,
Rise to life from earth and sea;
All the powers of nature shaken
By His look, prepares to flee.
Careless sinner, what will then become of thee?
Horrors, past imagination,
Will surprise your trembling heart,
When you hear your condemnation,
“Hence, accursed wretch, depart!
Thou, with Satan and his angels, have thy part!”
Satan, who now tries to please you,
Lest you timely warning take,
When that word is past, will seize you,
Plunge you in the burning lake:
Think, poor sinner, thy eternal all’s at stake.
But to those who have confessèd,
Loved and served the Lord below,
He will say, “Come near, ye blessèd,
See the kingdom I bestow;
You forever shall My love and glory know.”