Friday, April 03, 2009

Waiting on the Lord to Work

God moves in a mysterious way
His wonders to perform;
He plants his footsteps in the sea,
And rides upon the storm.

So wrote William Cowper, in poetic form capturing the wonder of the Lord's work in the world. Habakkuk experienced this first-hand as he cried out to the Lord for an explanation of all the violence, iniquity, wrong, destruction, strife, and contention around him. The Lord replied that he was doing a work which would make men wonder and be astounded. He was not absent. He was astoundingly present, both in judgment and blessing, and he would powerfully perform his great plan.

This is no less true in our day than it was in the late 7th century B.C. Like Habakkuk, we find ourselves waiting on the Lord to work. We will gather this Lord's Day as Christ's church because we do trust in him. May our gathering be a testimony to our confidence that the Lord is in his holy temple. Let all the earth keep silence before him!

Songs
Hark! the Voice of Love and Mercy (#134)
Hallelujah! What a Savior! (#128)
It Is Finished (#138)
When I Survey the Wondrous Cross (#137)
'Tis the Christ (#150)
God Moves in a Mysterious Way (#56)

Since this coming week we will remember our Lord's death on our behalf, our songs and scripture reading will focus on this aspect of his redeeming work.

Scripture Reading
The Crucifixion of Jesus - Luke 23

Sermon
Waiting on the Lord to Work - Habakkuk 1:1-11

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