Peace Lutheran Church Sussex, Wisconsin

Congregation at Prayer: October 27, 2019

Creed — 2nd Article

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Catechesis Notes for the Week — Psalm 56: A Prayer of Absolute Confidence in God—Psalm 56 was composed by David during that period in which he was hunted by King Saul.  He had fled to the land of the Philistines to escape Saul’s reach, but that presented a new problem: the Philistines hated him because of Goliath and the many victories he had won against them. In order to appear as no threat to the Philistines, he pretended to be out of his mind (1 Samuel 21:10-15).  The Philistines thought that he was a crazy man, an accusation often leveled against Jesus.  David’s prayer is one of absolute confidence in God.  His words remind us of what Paul wrote centuries later in Romans 8: “If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things? Who shall bring a charge against God’s elect?” (Romans 8:31-33). The confidence in David’s prayer rests squarely upon the Word of God.  God’s Word is what gives us the certainty of God’s love and of His abiding protection. “In God (I will praise His word), In the Lord (I will praise His Word), In God I have put my trust; I will not be afraid. What can man do to me?”  The words of David and Paul could not be more timely for us today. CP191027