Catechesis Notes for the Week — Psalm 92 — A Prayer of Daily Thanksgiving for the Love of the Lord—There is so much evil in the world. It is foolish and senseless to deny the existence of God and the goodness of His love. Enemies abound who reject the Lord God, but He never fails to uphold, strengthen, and lift up His people who trust in Him and to make them glad by the works of His hands. As believers in the Lord and in His sustaining grace, we commend the wicked and all workers of iniquity to Him who will judge the wicked and bring their evil plans to an end in His good time. In the meantime, “It is good to give thanks to the Lord, and to sing praises to Your name, O Most High; to declare Your lovingkindness in the morning, and Your faithfulness every night.” The humble, faithful, regular morning and evening prayers of Christians are a balm for the soul in the face of the evils of our age. Daily prayer focuses our attention upon what the Lord has done and continues to do for His people. In such regular meditation upon God’s Word, anxiety is dispelled and confidence in the Lord is strengthened. The righteous walk by faith in the Lord’s promise and do not live in despair when we see the wickedness of the world around us. “The righteous shall flourish like a palm tree… They shall still bear fruit in old age; they shall be fresh and flourishing.”
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Catechesis Notes for the Week — Psalm 91 — A Prayer to Abide in the Lord our Refuge and Fortress—In psalm 91 and throughout the psalter, the Lord is described as the refuge and fortress for His people against every assault from the problems of life and the enemies of faith. Psalm 91 also compares the Lord’s protection to a valiant raptor who shelters us under His wings. Satan attempts to ensnare Christians like a fowler to traps birds. The plagues of Egypt are alluded to in the image of pestilence, darkness, and destruction that lays waste at noon day. The firstborn not covered in the lamb’s blood died. The Lord stands with us in battle. The Lord is our refuge against every plague. Satan is depicted as a cobra, a lion, and a serpent. The Lord dispatches His holy angles against his attacks, so that we do not stumble or strike our foot against a stone. In Psalm 91, the Lord promises help, protection, and deliverance to every Christian who loves Him and calls upon His name. He promises us, “I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him and honor him” (verse 15).
September 13, 2020Download (Adobe PDF)
Catechesis Notes for the Week — Psalm 90 — A Prayer of Total Reliance Upon the God of Creation for our Salvation—Moses is the psalmist who pens Psalm 90. He recalls how the LORD had been the “dwelling place” of his people in all generations. This LORD, who called Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob to faith, and who redeemed Israel from slavery, is none other than the God of creation. He created the heavens and the earth and brought forth the great mountains after the flood. The Lord is eternal, the great I AM. “A thousand years in Your sight are like yesterday when it is past.” Moses recalls the frailty of his sinful people. The age of a man is perhaps only 70 or 80 years. The LORD is just in His anger. But ultimately, the LORD who created all things is also the God of their salvation and the beauty of the Lord rests upon those who call upon His name.
September 6, 2020Download (Adobe PDF)
Catechesis Notes for the Week — Psalm 89:38-52 —Prayer for the Preservation of the Church—“How long, Lord? Will You hide Yourself forever? Will Your wrath burn like fire?” There have been times throughout the history of the Old Testament Church to the present day in which it appeared as if the Lord had not only abandoned His Church but cast her off. The Babylonian captivity was such time. The Temple was destroyed. Prominent officials were carried away captive. The Kingdom of Judah and the city of Jerusalem were left in ruins. As was the case in the Old Testament, sometimes the New Testament Church has brought such destruction upon herself by her sins and infidelity. Faith understands that it is the Lord who has seemingly cast us off and allowed the enemies of the church to oppress her. Appealing to the Lord’s promise, the psalmist asks, “How long?” Ultimately the oppression of His people is not for their destruction but for their salvation. The psalmist prays for the Church with the sobriety of a broken and contrite heart: “Remember how short my time is; for what futility have You created the children of men? What man can live and not see death? Can he deliver his life from the power of the grave?” Faith knows the answers to these questions and can only appeal to the Lord’s promise of salvation to the unworthy and undeserving, “Lord, where are Your former loving kindnesses, which You swore to David in Your truth? Remember, Lord, the reproach of Your servants…Blessed be the Lord forevermore! Amen and Amen.”CP200906