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Psalm 47:6-9 says:
"Sing praises to God, sing praises!
     Sing praises to our King, sing praises!
For God is the King of all the earth;
     sing praises with a psalm!
God reigns over the nations;
     God sits on his holy throne.
The princes of the peoples gather
     as the people of the God of Abraham.
For the shields of the earth belong to God;
     he is highly exalted!"
As we embark on this new series through the Sermon on the Mount, we learned last week how Jesus instructs us that He is the King, and that his Kingship should be an ever-present reminder of us to obey his Word.  
The King on the throne deserves our obedience, and in Psalm 47, He has clear instruction for us as his subjects...and for all the peoples of the world.  He calls us to sing praises to the King!  
Are you ready to obey the King this Sunday?  Are you ready to sing praises to the God who sits on his throne in holiness?  Are you ready to sing praises to the God who is highly exalted?  Is He highly exalted in your thinking? Is He highly exalted in your priorities? Will He be highly exalted in your life when you choose your bedtime on Saturday or set your alarm for Sunday?  Will he be highly exalted in your life when you get up on Sunday and the kids are tough to get out the door on time? Will He be highly exalted in your life when you're tempted to be distracted by conversation rather than being in your seat ready to praise the Lord at the beginning of the service?  
Is Jesus the King in your reality?  He's the King in the true reality, and all too often, my reality doesn't match his, and I must reorient myself to the truth.  One of the best ways to do that week in and week out is to come and sing praises to the King on the Throne and soak in the truths that we sing and the preached Words of the King.  He promises to meet us when we gather.
Come with me! Let's exalt the King in song this Sunday! Here are the songs and Scripture that will make up our Sunday service this week:
Call to worship from Psalm 47
Crown Him with Many Crowns
Be Enthroned
Before the Throne of God Above
Living Hope
Sermon from Matthew 5
His Mercy Is More
Here's a Spotify Playlist of these songs so you can familiarize yourself with them and sing them without distraction on Sunday.
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Bless the Lord, O My Soul

In Psalm 103, David writes some beautiful and comprehensive lyrics spelling out the reasons why the Lord is to be praised, and exhorting all creation, including his own soul, to respond with appropriate praise.  Here are a few excerpts:
"Bless the Lord, O my soul,
and all that is within me,
bless his holy name!
Bless the Lord, O my soul,
and forget not all his benefits,
who forgives all your iniquity,
who heals all your diseases,
who redeems your life from the pit,
who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy,
who satisfies you with good
so that your youth is renewed like the eagle's.
Bless the Lord, O you his angels,
you mighty ones who do his word,
obeying the voice of his word!
Bless the Lord, all his hosts,
his ministers, who do his will!
Bless the Lord, all his works,
in all places of his dominion.
Bless the Lord, O my soul!"
As we wrap up our series on the Word from Psalm 119 this Sunday, it is my prayer that we, as a church, would be forever changed through this study.  That our hearts would be ignited in a passion to study and respond to the Word of God.  May passages like this in Psalm 103 never again just be repetitive, mundane refrains for us.  But may our hearts rise in gratefulness and praise as we read the Living Word of God.  May our response to reading words like these never again be to simply put our Bible down and move on into the rest of our day, unaffected, unchanged.  May we rise in response, roused from our routines and prompted to sing praise to the One who has healed our diseases and forgiven our iniquities....the One who has redeemed each and every one of us from the pit!  O, my soul - O, my friends - Bless the Lord!
That's what we'll be doing this Sunday as we gather.  Here are the Scriptures and songs that will make up the structure of our service all in the hope and expectation that the Spirit of God would actively move among us and that our hearts would respond appropriately to Him as he does as He has promised to do in and for us as we gather.
Call to Worship from Psalm 103
Praise God From Whom All Blessings Flow
Look and See
All Creatures of our God and King
Man of Sorrows
O Come to the Altar
Sermon from Psalm 119
Here is a Spotify Playlist of these songs so that you can come on Sunday already familiar with them.  We look forward to worshipping the Lord together with you!
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