Sharing in His Holiness
Let Us Love And Sing And Wonder [Song]
Prayer of Confession
The Gospel [Song]
Go Tell It On The Mountain [Song]
Jesus With Thy Church Abide [Song]
All Glory Be to Christ [Song]
A Maskil of Ethan the Ezrahite.
 I will sing of the steadfast love of the LORD, forever;
with my mouth I will make known your faithfulness to all generations.
 For I said, “Steadfast love will be built up forever;
in the heavens you will establish your faithfulness.”
 You have said, “I have made a covenant with my chosen one;
I have sworn to David my servant:
 ‘I will establish your offspring forever,
and build your throne for all generations.’” Selah
 Let the heavens praise your wonders, O LORD,
your faithfulness in the assembly of the holy ones!
 For who in the skies can be compared to the LORD?
Who among the heavenly beings is like the LORD,
 a God greatly to be feared in the council of the holy ones,
and awesome above all who are around him?
 O LORD God of hosts,
who is mighty as you are, O LORD,
with your faithfulness all around you?
 You rule the raging of the sea;
when its waves rise, you still them.
 You crushed Rahab like a carcass;
you scattered your enemies with your mighty arm.
 The heavens are yours; the earth also is yours;
the world and all that is in it, you have founded them.
 The north and the south, you have created them;
Tabor and Hermon joyously praise your name.
 You have a mighty arm;
strong is your hand, high your right hand.
 Righteousness and justice are the foundation of your throne;
steadfast love and faithfulness go before you.
 Blessed are the people who know the festal shout,
who walk, O LORD, in the light of your face,
 who exult in your name all the day
and in your righteousness are exalted.
 For you are the glory of their strength;
by your favor our horn is exalted.
 For our shield belongs to the LORD,
our king to the Holy One of Israel.
 Of old you spoke in a vision to your godly one, and said:
“I have granted help to one who is mighty;
I have exalted one chosen from the people.
 I have found David, my servant;
with my holy oil I have anointed him,
 so that my hand shall be established with him;
my arm also shall strengthen him.
 The enemy shall not outwit him;
the wicked shall not humble him.
 I will crush his foes before him
and strike down those who hate him.
 My faithfulness and my steadfast love shall be with him,
and in my name shall his horn be exalted.
 I will set his hand on the sea
and his right hand on the rivers.
 He shall cry to me, ‘You are my Father,
my God, and the Rock of my salvation.’
 And I will make him the firstborn,
the highest of the kings of the earth.
 My steadfast love I will keep for him forever,
and my covenant will stand firm for him.
 I will establish his offspring forever
and his throne as the days of the heavens.
 If his children forsake my law
and do not walk according to my rules,
 if they violate my statutes
and do not keep my commandments,
 then I will punish their transgression with the rod
and their iniquity with stripes,
 but I will not remove from him my steadfast love
or be false to my faithfulness.
 I will not violate my covenant
or alter the word that went forth from my lips.
 Once for all I have sworn by my holiness;
I will not lie to David.
 His offspring shall endure forever,
his throne as long as the sun before me.
 Like the moon it shall be established forever,
a faithful witness in the skies.” Selah
 But now you have cast off and rejected;
you are full of wrath against your anointed.
 You have renounced the covenant with your servant;
you have defiled his crown in the dust.
 You have breached all his walls;
you have laid his strongholds in ruins.
 All who pass by plunder him;
he has become the scorn of his neighbors.
 You have exalted the right hand of his foes;
you have made all his enemies rejoice.
 You have also turned back the edge of his sword,
and you have not made him stand in battle.
 You have made his splendor to cease
and cast his throne to the ground.
 You have cut short the days of his youth;
you have covered him with shame. Selah
 How long, O LORD? Will you hide yourself forever?
How long will your wrath burn like fire?
 Remember how short my time is!
For what vanity you have created all the children of man!
 What man can live and never see death?
Who can deliver his soul from the power of Sheol? Selah
 Lord, where is your steadfast love of old,
which by your faithfulness you swore to David?
 Remember, O Lord, how your servants are mocked,
and how I bear in my heart the insults of all the many nations,
 with which your enemies mock, O LORD,
with which they mock the footsteps of your anointed.
 Blessed be the LORD forever!
Amen and Amen. (ESV)
 Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us,  looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.
 Consider him who endured from sinners such hostility against himself, so that you may not grow weary or fainthearted.  In your struggle against sin you have not yet resisted to the point of shedding your blood.  And have you forgotten the exhortation that addresses you as sons?
“My son, do not regard lightly the discipline of the Lord,
nor be weary when reproved by him.
 For the Lord disciplines the one he loves,
and chastises every son whom he receives.”
 It is for discipline that you have to endure. God is treating you as sons. For what son is there whom his father does not discipline?  If you are left without discipline, in which all have participated, then you are illegitimate children and not sons.  Besides this, we have had earthly fathers who disciplined us and we respected them. Shall we not much more be subject to the Father of spirits and live?  For they disciplined us for a short time as it seemed best to them, but he disciplines us for our good, that we may share his holiness.  For the moment all discipline seems painful rather than pleasant, but later it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it.
 Therefore lift your drooping hands and strengthen your weak knees,  and make straight paths for your feet, so that what is lame may not be put out of joint but rather be healed. (ESV)
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