The law of God is near to us all, revealing our sin, and concluding in sure condemnation. Yet, in the sovereign plan and mercy of God, Jesus fulfilled the law, bore our curse by death on the cross and rose from the dead! He is even nearer to us than the law by faith, concluding in our sure salvation!
"Every service is a structure of acts and words through which we receive a sacrament, or repent, or supplicate, or adore. And it enables us to do these things best — if you like, it “works” best—when, through long familiarity, we don’t have to think about it. As long as you notice, and have to count, the steps, you are not yet dancing but only learning to dance. A good shoe is a shoe you don’t notice. Good reading becomes possible when you need not consciously think about eyes, or light, or print, or spelling. The perfect church service would be one we were almost unaware of; our attention would have been on God."