Peace Lutheran Church Sussex, Wisconsin

Congregation at Prayer: June 21, 2020

The Catechism: Christian Questions with Their Answers

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Catechesis Notes for the Week — Psalm 81—Luther on Psalm 81: “The 81st psalm is a psalm of prayer. It is a song sung and preached in the harvest season at the Festival of Tabernacles, calling the people back to the First Commandment, that they should have only one God—He who had brought them out of the land of Egypt—and should praise and call on no other. They did not keep this command, but instead their mouth and instruction were full of idolatry, whereas they ought to have been full of the true God and should have always spoken of Him alone. This psalm teaches us to believe in Christ and cling to Him alone and never commend any work as righteous before God. We also should have our mouth full of Christ, yet we do not do this. Each one follows his own self-conceit and idol.” Martin Luther, Reading the Psalms with LutherCP200621