As we work our way through the Manual of Private Prayer and Praise, we find that David has been seeking the Lord's help in dealing with his enemies. What David finds is that one of his greatest enemies is himself. Do you find that true pf yourself?
If I had no other reason to be thankful to God, I still have the responsibility to obey His decree to give thanks. But why do we as believers so often fail in this regard? It is bitterness that keeps us from thankfulness, and if not dealt with will lead to a life of brutishness.
The evening sermon from Luke 22.31-34 with help from Canons of Dort 5.6 will prove in a powerful way the necessity of God's preservation of us as we have been mentioning this the last several weeks. This text is rich and instructive and we could very easily be richly helped by this sermon. Please come and hear how it is true that we completely depend on our God to preserve us to the end. Responsive Reading of Psalm 106.19-48
Scripture Reading: Luke 22.24-38
Confessional Reading: Canons of Dort 5.6
Text: Luke 22.31-34
Message: "Preservation Proved"
Theme: The only way we survive, spiritually after outrageous sins is the preservation by God
Even the very strong are subject to fall
The enemy is always striving to accomplish our destruction
The intercession of our High Priest secures us from deadly consequences
If it had not been the Lord who was on our side, now may Israel say;
If it had not been the Lord who was on our side, when men rose up against us:
Then they had swallowed us up quick, when their wrath was kindled against us:
Then the waters had overwhelmed us, the stream had gone over our soul:
Then the proud waters had gone over our soul.
Blessed be the Lord, who hath not given us as a prey to their teeth.
Our soul is escaped as a bird out of the snare of the fowlers: the snare is broken, and we are escaped.
Our help is in the name of the Lord, who made heaven and earth.