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I want to greet you on this Lord’s Day in the name of our triune God—the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.

As the Triune God calls us together on this Lord’s Day, let us take note that His call is unlike the many calls that ring out today from the public square.  Those voices call us to rise up in self-defense of that which is rightfully ours.  He calls us to our Warrior-King (Jer. 20:11) who fights for us that we might possess that which we never deserved.  Those voices call us to rise up in self-sufficiency to guard against the weakness of dependency and submission.  He calls us to our Shepherd-King (Ps. 23) whose rod and staff is a comfort to those of us who joyfully look to Him for everything.  Those voices call us to self-righteousness that we might find some purpose in this life.  He calls us to our Priest-King (Heb. 4:14-5:10)  whose once-for-all sacrifice of Himself in history and faithful intercession before the Father for all times makes our God-given purpose a reality—namely, to know God and enjoy Him forever.

Let us stop striving after our many selfish ambitions or noble causes and find our rest today in the King of Kings and Prince of Peace,  our Lord Jesus Christ.  May our ears learn to discern His voice above all others, and may our hearts love His song above every other song.  AMEN!

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