Peace Lutheran Church Sussex, Wisconsin

Congregation at Prayer: November 10, 2019

Creed — 3rd Article

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Catechesis Notes for the Week — Psalm 58: A Prayer of Comfort Against Enemies that Are Not as Strong as We Think—Psalm 58 is a prayer of comfort for the Church and individual Christians when we are threatened by false teachers and the voices of a society and culture which appear overwhelming in their strength.  It appears as if we are weak and that they are all powerful, but greater by far is Him who fights for us than all the forces of evil combined.  The false teaching is like the poison of a snake, and the false teachers are like a deaf cobra who will not listen to the truth of God’s Word but rather fight against it.  Their lies are charming and their number is great.  David commended his cause and the cause of the church to God.  He will judge the wicked.  Their apparent power is like a flood of water that soon dissipates, or like a crossbow and arrow that is soon broken, or slug that is soon dried up in the sun, or stillborn child whose life is no more, or a thornbush that is cut down and thrown into the fire.  Although the world and her false teachers threaten the Church, the Lord will preserve His people from all harm, defend them from destruction, and judge His enemies. “Surely there is a reward for the righteous; surely He is God who judges in the earth.” CP191110