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As Jamin mentioned we have been spending the last month focusing on Thanksgiving in the Psalms.
Today we are going to spend more time singing and I hope for you more time in worship as we consider who God is and what he has done.
I have ordered the service around some of characteristics of God revealed in scripture.
We are going to consider these four thoughts.
Who am I that you would reveal yourself to me?
Who am I that you would be patient with me?
Who am I that you would be my Savior?
Who am I that you would guide me?
I preface each of those thoughts with “WHO AM I?”
That is how David responded to God. Said who am I?
At one point David wanted to build a temple for God.
God said No.
God also said, I promise you will have a son who will build a temple for me.
God also promised that someone from David’s family would sit on the throne of Israel forever.
God was promising that Jesus the Messiah would come from David’s family, even though David may not have realized that at the time.
How did David respond?
1 Chron 17:16 “Who am I, Lord God, and what is my family, that you have brought me this far?
We will have scripture reading related to these realities of God, we will reflect on these realities individual, corporately we will give thanks and then we will sing together
Who Am I that YOU would reveal yourself to me. You are the Self-Disclosing God.
The God of the bible is mysterious but he is not secret. He wants to be known and worshipped.
He said that we would find him when we seek him with all our heart. God can be known.
God, who am I that you would reveal yourself to me?
Exodus 3:14-15, God said to Moses, “I am who I am.” This is what you are to say to the Israelites: ‘I Am has sent me to you.’ God said to Moses, “Say to the Israelites, ‘The Lord, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob – has sent me to you’ This is my name forever, the name by which I am to be remembered from generation to generation.
Exodus 34:5-7, Then the Lord came down in the cloud and stood there with him and proclaimed his name, the Lord. And he passed in front of Moses, proclaiming, “The Lord , the Lord , the compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness, maintaining love to thousands, and forgiving wickedness, rebellion and sin. Yet he does not leave the guilty unpunished; he punishes the children and their children for the sin of the fathers to the third and fourth generation.”
Psalm 19, The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands. 2 Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they display knowledge. 3 There is no speech or language where their voice is not heard. 4 Their voice goes out into all the earth, their words to the ends of the world.
Romans 1:20, For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities–his eternal power and divine nature–have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse.
Reflect / Remember:
When did God reveal himself to you?
Who did he use to show himself to you?
If you do not know God ask him to reveal himself.
Thank You God for revealing yourself. You revealed yourself to Moses, to Ancient Israel and you reveal yourself today. We give thanks to you for you are good, your love endures forever.
SONG: COME LIKE THE WIND
God Who am I that you would be patient with me?
I have made some boneheaded choices. Why doesn’t God just give up on me?
We are going to read a story from Exodus this morning about a time when God showed his patient mercy rather than giving up on the nation of Israel.
Who am I that YOU would be patient with me?
Exodus 32:1-14, When the people saw that Moses was so long in coming down from the mountain, they gathered around Aaron and said, “Come, make us gods who will go before us. As for this fellow Moses who brought us up out of Egypt, we don’t know what has happened to him.” Aaron answered them, “Take off the gold earrings that your wives, your sons and your daughters are wearing, and bring them to me.” So all the people took off their earrings and brought them to Aaron. He took what they handed him and made it into an idol cast in the shape of a calf, fashioning it with a tool. Then they said, “These are your gods, O Israel, who brought you up out of Egypt.” When Aaron saw this, he built an altar in front of the calf and announced, “Tomorrow there will be a festival to the Lord .” So the next day the people rose early and sacrificed burnt offerings and presented fellowship offerings. Afterward they sat down to eat and drink and got up to indulge in revelry. Then the Lord said to Moses, “Go down, because your people, whom you brought up out of Egypt, have become corrupt. They have been quick to turn away from what I commanded them and have made themselves an idol cast in the shape of a calf. They have bowed down to it and sacrificed to it and have said, ‘These are your gods, O Israel, who brought you up out of Egypt.’ “I have seen these people,” the Lord said to Moses, “and they are a stiffnecked people. Now leave me alone so that my anger may burn against them and that I may destroy them. Then I will make you into a great nation.” But Moses sought the favor of the Lord his God. “O Lord ,” he said, “why should your anger burn against your people, whom you brought out of Egypt with great power and a mighty hand? Why should the Egyptians say, ‘It was with evil intent that he brought them out, to kill them in the mountains and to wipe them off the face of the earth’? Turn from your fierce anger; relent and do not bring disaster on your people. Remember your servants Abraham, Isaac and Israel, to whom you swore by your own self: ‘I will make your descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky and I will give your descendants all this land I promised them, and it will be their inheritance forever.’ ” Then the Lord relented and did not bring on his people the disaster he had threatened.
Psalm 145:8, The Lord is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and rich in love.
Reflect / Remember:
When have you experienced God’s patient mercy? (a time of rebellion, unknown sin)
Thank God for his ongoing work in Your life. He has not written you off.
Confess any ongoing sin.
Thank you God for your patient mercy. You do no treat me as my sin deserves. You are slow to anger and rich in love.
SONG: HOW HE LOVES
God, Who am I that you would be my Savior
You not only showed yourself to us, and are patient with us, but you are the way the truth and the life. We can’t come to church enough, read the bible enough, pray enough, or sing enough to fix the problem of sin. You paid the debt our sin created.
God, WHO am I that YOU would be my Savior
Psalm 68:19-20, Praise be to the Lord, to God our Savior, who daily bears our burdens. Selah. Our God is a God who saves; from the Sovereign Lord comes escape from death.
2 Corinthians 5:17-21, Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation. We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God. God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.
1 Corinthians 11:23-28, The Lord Jesus, on the night he was betrayed, took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and said, “This is my body, which is for you; do this in remembrance of me.” In the same way, after supper he took the cup, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood; do this, whenever you drink it, in remembrance of me.” For whenever you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes. Therefore, whoever eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty of sinning against the body and blood of the Lord. A man ought to examine himself before he eats of the bread and drinks of the cup.
Remember / Reflect
For our time of reflection we are going to take communion. We took time earlier to examine ourselves as scripture said, but if you need more time to do search your heart and confess, please take some time. If you are not a follower of Jesus, please do not take communion.
We will pray a prayer of Thanksgiving together and then after we pray if you are serving communion please come forward. After the servers have been served you can come forward and take communion.
Thank You Jesus for being our Savior. You are God in the flesh. Thank you that you died once for all. The righteous for the unrighteous that we might be brought to right relationship God.
SONG: JESUS Paid it All (During Communion)
Who Am I that you would be my guide?
Not only does God reveal himself, show his patience, and rescues us, he will guide us and show us how to live.
Who Am I That You Would Be My Guide?
Psalm 23:1-6, The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not be in want. He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, he restores my soul. He guides me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake. Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. Surely goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.
John 16:13, But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come.
SONG: HE LEADETH ME
How do we respond to this great God who reveals himself, and saves us and guides us?
We offer ourselves to him. We think about him and we remember and reflect, but we also move out in action.
Our actions are NOT motivated by a desire to earn God’s favor but because we have experienced God’s favor.
Romans 12:1, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God–this is your spiritual act of worship.
SING: TAKE MY LIFE
Psalm 113:1-3, Praise the Lord. Praise, O servants of the Lord, praise the name of the Lord. Let the name of the Lord be praised, both now and forevermore. From the rising of the sun to the place where it sets, the name of the Lord is to be praised.
SONG: RISING SUN