AN ORDER OF SERVICE FOR DIVINE WORSHIP; DESIGNED FOR PRIVATE DEVOTIONS, FAMILY GATHERINGS AND CHURCH MEETINGS.

A Call To Worship

King David wrote in Psalm 6:17: ”I will praise the Lord according to his righteousness: and will sing praise to the name of the Lord most high.”

Hymn—“God Is My Everlasting King”

Scripture Reading—Psalm 40:1-17

”I waited patiently for the LORD; and he inclined unto me, and heard my cry. He brought me up also out of an horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my goings. And he hath put a new song in my mouth, even praise unto our God: many shall see it, and fear, and shall trust in the LORD. Blessed is that man that maketh the LORD his trust, and respecteth not the proud, nor such as turn aside to lies. Many, O LORD my God, are thy wonderful works which thou hast done, and thy thoughts which are to us-ward: they cannot be reckoned up in order unto thee: if I would declare and speak of them, they are more than can be numbered. Sacrifice and offering thou didst not desire; mine ears hast thou opened: burnt offering and sin offering hast thou not required. Then said I, Lo, I come: in the volume of the book it is written of me, I delight to do thy will, O my God: yea, thy law is within my heart. I have preached righteousness in the great congregation: lo, I have not refrained my lips, O LORD, thou knowest. I have not hid thy righteousness within my heart; I have declared thy faithfulness and thy salvation: I have not concealed thy lovingkindness and thy truth from the great congregation. Withhold not thou thy tender mercies from me, O LORD: let thy lovingkindness and thy truth continually preserve me. For innumerable evils have compassed me about: mine iniquities have taken hold upon me, so that I am not able to look up; they are more than the hairs of mine head: therefore my heart faileth me. Be pleased, O LORD, to deliver me: O LORD, make haste to help me. Let them be ashamed and confounded together that seek after my soul to destroy it; let them be driven backward and put to shame that wish me evil. Let them be desolate for a reward of their shame that say unto me, Aha, aha. Let all those that seek thee rejoice and be glad in thee: let such as love thy salvation say continually, The LORD be magnified. But I am poor and needy; yet the Lord thinketh upon me: thou art my help and my deliverer; make no tarrying, O my God.”

Hymn—“Therefore The Redeemed”

Opening Prayer

Hymn—“And Can My Heart Aspire So High”

Sermon—“Daniel’s Lot At The End Of The Days”

Jared Smith’s series of studies in Paul’s epistle to the Romans will continue after 4 weeks. In its place, a selection of sermons by Strict Baptist gospel preachers are provided. Please see the footnote to learn more about Mr. Frank Gosden.

Hymn—“Are ye Able, Said The Master”

Closing Prayer

Benediction

The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God the Father, and the communion of the Holy Spirit, be with us all. Amen.

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Frank Gosden served in the gospel ministry for 41 years. For the last 22 years of his life, he served as the pastor of a Strict Baptist Church in Brighton, England. He discharged this office with distinction, as his gospel ministry was owned by the Lord and made a blessing to the Lord’s people. In January 1980, at the age of 90, Mr. Gosden was taken home to be with the Lord, just six weeks after the death of his wife. Of his conversion to Christ, Mr Gosden wrote:

“About 1910 I went to live at Ardingly, and hoped if possible to throw off every kind of yoke. Mr. S. was an upright, good-living man—a Congregationalist. I began to attend with him that denomination. Their kindness, music and tolerance strengthened my enmity against the austerity of divine sovereignty. A student from a London College took for his text on a memorable Lord’s day: ‘It is not of him that willeth, nor of him that runneth, but of God that sheweth mercy’ (Rom. 9: 16), but being unable to do anything with it, he gave it up. But it did not give me up! I seemed ground between my own guilt and helplessness and the justice of an angry God. My ‘willing’ and ‘running’, having brought me to felt despair, hid the last part of the text from my view: ‘But of God that sheweth mercy.’

Walking the lonely road one dark evening, there came into my troubled heart a strange influence: I was brought to this conclusion, that what I needed was salvation, a free salvation. Coming to a lamp-post, I took out Gadsby’s hymnbook and opened on No. 331:

‘Beset with snares on every hand,
In life’s uncertain path I stand;
Saviour divine, diffuse Thy light,
To guide my doubtful footsteps right.’

The Lord made that hymn the prayer of my heart, and mercifully diffused His light, giving repentance and godly sorrow. My prayer poured out before Him and likeJonah’s, I felt it ‘came in unto Thee, into Thy holy temple.’

Then I understood the last part of the text referred to: ‘But of God that sheweth mercy.’ The law of the Spirit of life in Christ made me free from the law of sin and death. A new song was in my mouth; the very trees seemed to clap their hands.”



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