Peace Lutheran Church Sussex, Wisconsin

Congregation at Prayer: November 24, 2019

Lord’s Prayer— Introduction and 1st Petition

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Catechesis Notes for the Week — Psalm 60: A Psalm of Praise to God for His Salvation and Providence—During the reign of King Saul, Israel was not at rest and had much conflict from within and without.  During the reign of David, the Lord solidified the kingdom and gave victory to Israel over her enemies.  In Psalm 60, David traces the gracious providence of the Lord.  There were times when He allowed them to be afflicted because they had turned away from Him.  There were times that He delivered them.  Only the God who at times cast them off would be the God who would give them help. David’s kingdom had been established after Saul.  The ancient ascription tells us that this psalm was written, “when David fought against Mesopotamia and Syria of Zobah, and Joab returned and killed twelve thousand Edomites in the Valley of Salt” (2 Samuel 8). David rightly addresses the Lord in humble terms.  If the Lord had not gone with them into battle, they would have failed miserably.  But the Lord established the Davidic kingdom as He had promised and David rejoices. The geographic reference points show the extent to which the kingdom of David had spread.  The psalm ends with a prayer for God’s ongoing help, the renunciation of human strength, and a confession of firm faith: “Give us help from trouble, for vain is the help of man. Through God we will do valiantly, for it is He who will tread down our enemies.”CP191124