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Lord’s Day 31, 2014


I was glad when they said to me, “Let us go to the house of the Lord.”

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Therefore, let us fear if, while a promise remains of entering His rest, any one of you may seem to have come short of it. For indeed we have had good news preached to us, just as they also; but the word they heard did not profit them, because it was not united by faith in those who heard. For we who have believed enter that rest, just as He has said,

“As I swore in My wrath,
They shall not enter My rest,”

although His works were finished from the foundation of the world. For He has said somewhere concerning the seventh day: “And God rested on the seventh day from all His works”; and again in this passage, “They shall not enter My rest.” Therefore, since it remains for some to enter it, and those who formerly had good news preached to them failed to enter because of disobedience, He again fixes a certain day, “Today,” saying through David after so long a time just as has been said before,

“Today if you hear His voice,
Do not harden your hearts.”

For if Joshua had given them rest, He would not have spoken of another day after that. So there remains a Sabbath rest for the people of God. For the one who has entered His rest has himself also rested from his works, as God did from His. Therefore let us be diligent to enter that rest, so that no one will fall, through following the same example of disobedience.

—Hebrews 4:1–11

A Psalm of Praise for the Lord’s Day
William Burkitt (1650–1703)

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This is the day, the Lord’s own day,
A day of holy rest;
O teach our souls to rest from sin,
That rest will please Thee best.

This is the day, Thy day, O Lord,
On which Thou didst arise;
For sinners having made Thyself
A sinless sacrifice.

Thou, Thou alone, redeemed hast
Our souls from deadly thrall;
With no less price than Thine own blood,
The purchase of us all.

Had Thou not died we had not lived,
But died eternally;
We’ll live to him that died for us,
And praise his name on high.

Thou died, and Thou did rise again,
And did ascend on high,
That we poor sinners, lost and dead,
Might live eternally.

Thy blood was shed instead of ours;
Thy soul our guilt did bear;
Thou took our sins upon Thyself;
Thy love’s beyond compare.

How dear and welcome, Lord, to me
Is Thy most holy day!
But what a Sabbath shall I keep
For evermore with Thee?

I come, I wait, I hear, I pray;
Thy footsteps, Lord, I trace.
I joy to think this is the way
To see my Savior’s face.

These are my preparation days,
And when my soul is dressed,
These Sabbaths shall deliver me
To mine eternal rest.

Worthy Is the Lamb (Soli Deo Gloria, 2004).

Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.



Posted 2014·08·03 by David Kjos
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