Peace Lutheran Church Sussex, Wisconsin

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April 21, 2019: The Creed— the 2nd Article

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Catechesis Notes for the Week — Psalm 29: A Prayer that Rejoices in the Power of the Word to Save—All true theology gives all glory to God and ascribes no glory to ourselves or our own works.  Psalm 29 opens with the assertion that all the “mighty ones” should ascribe to the Lord all glory and honor.  We are called to worship Him, that is, to believe and trust in Him in “the beauty of His holiness.”  The beauty of His holiness is all that Christ has done in sacrificial love for us.  The psalm then directs us to the power of the Word of God by which every blessing of Christ is delivered to us.  As we pray the psalm and think of the Word of God that called the creation into existence and ordered all things, we should think of how the Word of God is mighty to deliver Christ’s salvation to us through the created gifts He employs in the Sacraments.  It is not the water, indeed, that does such things, but the Word of God in and with the water…  It is not bodily eating and drinking that do such things, but the words “Given and shed for you for the forgiveness of sins…”  So the psalmist repeats the phrase again and again to give thanks for and to extol the promises of the Word of God: “The voice of the Lord is over the waters…The voice of the Lord is powerful…The voice of the Lord breaks the cedars…The voice of the Lord divides the flames of fire…The voice of the Lord shakes the wilderness…The voice of the Lord makes the deer give birth…”  It is by the powerful, life-giving Word of God that we are united to Christ and it is by His Word that “The Lord will give strength to His people; [and] bless His people with peace.”  CP190421

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