November 2019 | Grace Reformed Church
As IAs I said last week, this week we are going to cover one of the more quotable, more memorable, more famous passages in the Bible, the so-called “Christ Hymn” that we find here next in the text, in Philippians 2:5-11. It is such a beautiful passage, and as we consider each part of it, we will peel back the layers, like an onion, and we’ll be able to marvel at the incredible, indescribable, person and work of the Messiah, Jesus Christ.
The Word comes to us this morning again from the book of Philippians, now the second chapter. Isn’t that exciting! Truly I jest – it has been such a joyful thing to me to spend a total of eight weeks looking at the first chapter, and I pray it’s been a blessing to you as well.
We are continuing today our study of the Psalms. By the second week of September we will have looked at a total of 8 Psalms, and I hope that God has been speaking to you through this study. All 150 Psalms would be worth preaching on, of course, but I’ve tried to select some of the ones that are the richest with doctrine, and are representative of some of the different categories of Psalms that we find. Now we turn to Psalm 110. Listen, this is God’s Holy Word:
The Lord says to my Lord:
“Sit at my right hand,
We’ve come to the end of this particular study in the Psalms (we may return to individual Psalms at some point), and it seems fitting, makes the most sense that we would end with the final Psalm in the book, Psalm 150. It’s not a very long Psalm, and it should be fairly familiar to us. Let’s read it together:
Praise the Lord!
Praise God in his sanctuary;
praise him in his mighty heavens!
2 Praise him for his mighty deeds;
praise him according to his excellent greatness!
3 Praise him with trumpet sound;
Like I said last week, we simply weren’t able to address all that was in this brief passage in a single sermon, so we return to it today, this section, verses 27-30. We will focus on the second half of verse 28 through verse 30, but I’d like to back up and start reading again at verse 27 and continue through the end of the chapter, actually making it the exact same text we read last week. Listen, this is God’s Holy Word. Philippians 1, starting at verse 27.
The Word comes to us today again from Philippians. We are planning to continue in Philippians until after Thanksgiving, when we’ll have a series of Advent sermons, and then pick Philippians back up after Christmas. I hope you are enjoying this study as much as I am, listening as Paul teaches the Philippian church and our church what it means to be the church. That’s what we’re hearing week after week. Last week, looking at verses 21-26, we were reminded about what we are once we’re in Christ. Both life and death at that point can be looked at not with fear, but with joy and hope.