1 Samuel 18

God's Providential Favor

LORD'S DAY MAY 22 2022 We gather to worship God for His purposeful sovereignty.

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The Puritan, John Flavel, reminds us, “Two things destroy the peace and tranquility of our lives; our bewailing past disappointments, or fearing future ones.” David is a man guided by faith in the greatness of God. He does not waste his life lamenting the lost opportunities of his childhood, birthplace, or economic situation; he does not fret or fear the future. All of his words in chapter 17 reveal that he knows that his life is in God’s hands.

The Lord graciously gives him favor, not because he earned it or deserves it, but because of God’s desire to be gracious to His people. The author of Samuel makes it clear that we are not looking at God’s reactions to David’s actions; rather, we observe the hand of God’s providential favor at work in David’s life. The writer of this history underscores the fact that the LORD was with David at every stage (16:18; 18:5, 12, 14, and 28). This favor and blessing is true for every child of God. God is at work in your circumstances to strengthen you to do His will. Romans 8:28: “And we know that for those who
love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to His purpose.”

As you prepare for worship, meditate on 1 Samuel 18 and sing hymn 86, “Great Is Thy Faithfulness.” Consider how God’s gracious providence has been with you throughout your life.

Prelude – Orchestra

Welcome & Call to Worship

Bryan Sullivan

Psalm 99:1-5

The LORD reigns; let the peoples tremble! He sits enthroned upon the cherubim; let the earth quake! The LORD is great in Zion; He is exalted over all the peoples. Let them praise Your great and awesome name! Holy is He!

 

The King in His might loves justice. You have established equity;  You have executed justice and righteousness in Jacob.  Exalt the LORD our God; worship at His footstool! Holy is He!

Praise Response - Justin Caudle

Hymn 86 – Great Is Thy Faithfulness(vs. 1)

Prayer of Confession & assurance of forgiveness in Christ

Josh Doggrell

Galatians 3:13-14

Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us—for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who is hanged on a tree”— so that in Christ Jesus the blessing of Abraham might come to the Gentiles, so that we might receive the promised Spirit through faith.

The apostle's Creed

Bob St. John

Worship in Song - Justin Caudle

Scripture Reading

Michael Sherer

Psalm 119:129-136
(Congregation reads vss. 132-133)

Pastoral Prayer

Michael Sherer

Ministry of the word

Bob St. John

1 Samuel 18 | God’s Providential Favor

Doxology

Justin Caudle

Benediction

Bob St. John

Romans 11:33;36

Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are His judgments and how inscrutable His ways! For from Him and through Him and to Him are all things. To Him be glory forever.

Amen.