Because of Christ, we will not only stand on the Last Day, but we will lift up our heads in excitement too.

Scripture: Luke 21:25-36

ESV Text: Luke 21:25-36

KJV Text:

(Alt. audio): Chapter: 21 25 And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring; 26 Men’s hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken. 27 And then shall they see the Son of man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. 28 And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh.

     29 And he spake to them a parable; Behold the fig tree, and all the trees; 30 When they now shoot forth, ye see and know of your own selves that summer is now nigh at hand. 31 So likewise ye, when ye see these things come to pass, know ye that the kingdom of God is nigh at hand. 32 Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass away, till all be fulfilled. 33 Heaven and earth shall pass away: but my words shall not pass away. 34 And take heed to yourselves, lest at any time your hearts be overcharged with surfeiting, and drunkenness, and cares of this life, and so that day come upon you unawares. 35 For as a snare shall it come on all them that dwell on the face of the whole earth. 36 Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man.(KJV)

Scripture: Psalms 76

ESV Text: Psalms 76

Psalm 76 (Listen)

Who Can Stand Before You?

To the choirmaster: with stringed instruments. A Psalm of Asaph. A Song.

76:1 In Judah God is known;
his name is great in Israel.
His abode has been established in Salem,
his dwelling place in Zion.
There he broke the flashing arrows,
the shield, the sword, and the weapons of war. Selah

Glorious are you, more majestic
than the mountains of prey.
The stouthearted were stripped of their spoil;
they sank into sleep;
all the men of war
were unable to use their hands.
At your rebuke, O God of Jacob,
both rider and horse lay stunned.

But you, you are to be feared!
Who can stand before you
when once your anger is roused?
From the heavens you uttered judgment;
the earth feared and was still,
when God arose to establish judgment,
to save all the humble of the earth. Selah

10 Surely the wrath of man shall praise you;
the remnant of wrath you will put on like a belt.
11 Make your vows to the Lord your God and perform them;
let all around him bring gifts
to him who is to be feared,
12 who cuts off the spirit of princes,
who is to be feared by the kings of the earth. (ESV)

KJV Text:

KJV Text (alt. audio): Chapter 76:

     1 To the chief Musician on Neginoth, A Psalm or Song of Asaph. In Judah is God known: his name is great in Israel. 2 In Salem also is his tabernacle, and his dwelling place in Zion. 3 There brake he the arrows of the bow, the shield, and the sword, and the battle. Selah. 4 Thou art more glorious and excellent than the mountains of prey. 5 The stouthearted are spoiled, they have slept their sleep: and none of the men of might have found their hands. 6 At thy rebuke, O God of Jacob, both the chariot and horse are cast into a dead sleep.

     7 Thou, even thou, art to be feared: and who may stand in thy sight when once thou art angry? 8 Thou didst cause judgment to be heard from heaven; the earth feared, and was still, 9 When God arose to judgment, to save all the meek of the earth. Selah. 10 Surely the wrath of man shall praise thee: the remainder of wrath shalt thou restrain. 11 Vow, and pay unto the LORD your God: let all that be round about him bring presents unto him that ought to be feared. 12 He shall cut off the spirit of princes: he is terrible to the kings of the earth.(KJV)

Hymn: TLH 73:
Lift Up Your Heads, Ye Mighty Gates

— Organ Audio

1. Lift up your heads, ye mighty gates! 
Behold, the King of Glory waits; 
The King of kings is drawing near, 
The Savior of the world is here. 
Life and salvation He doth bring, 
Wherefore rejoice and gladly sing: 
We praise Thee, Father, now, 
Creator, wise art Thou! 

2. A Helper just He comes to thee, 
His chariot is humility, 
His kingly crown is holiness, 
His scepter, pity in distress, 
The end of all our woe He brings; 
Wherefore the earth is glad and sings: 
We praise Thee, Savior, now, 
Mighty in deed art Thou! 

3. O blest the land, the city blest, 
Where Christ the Ruler is confessed! 
O happy hearts and happy homes 
To whom this King in triumph comes! 
The cloudless Sun of joy He is, 
Who bringeth pure delight and bliss. 
We praise Thee, Spirit, now, 
Our Comforter art Thou! 

4. Fling wide the portals of your heart; 
Make it a temple set apart 
From earthly use for Heaven’s employ, 
Adorned with prayer and love and joy. 
So shall your Sovereign enter in 
And new and nobler life begin. 
To Thee, O God, be praise 
For word and deed and grace! 

5. Redeemer, come! I open wide 
My heart to Thee; here, Lord, abide! 
Let me Thy inner presence feel, 
Thy grace and love in me reveal; 
Thy Holy Spirit guide us on 
Until our glorious goal is won. 
Eternal praise and fame 
We offer to Thy name.