You have come before the Lord and King of all, to the Risen Christ and before the throne of His Father, Your God. You have come at His summons to present yourselves at the beginning of this new week, this Lord’s Day celebration. Because You have come to this holy convocation, to this holy place, it is important that you remember to confess your sins, to be reminded that it is all of grace by which you can stand in His presence. His grace – His grace to us.
We are about to sing a psalm 131 and I think it speaks so well of the kind of attitudes we must have as we come before the LORD – and it speaks to us of how we can be settled and at rest while still in the presence of such a holy God. “Lord my heart is not haughty – nor my eyes lofty – neither do I exercise myself in great matters, or in things too high for me.”
What are we saying? We are singing about our real situation before God. There is nothing for us to boast in, there is nothing to commend us to God, there is nothing to brag about. We really are not that smart, we really do not understand the really deep things of God and His creation. We really are flummoxed when it comes to understanding why we are here or why He has given us the specific tasks, trials, temptations and activities set before us for this coming week. And so, we will simply come and find rest and trust in Him – He will reveal, He will provide, He will explain in due time. He is to be trusted in all matters.
And so we sing – Surely I have behaved and quieted myself, as a child that is weaned of his mother – Let Israel hope in the LORD from henceforth and forever. The charge as we come to worship and as we come confessing any sin and all of our unworthiness is this – find yourself to be at rest in the LORD and in His sovereign care. Find yourself at peace in Him. Find yourself well cared for by Him – for He cares for you.