Peace Lutheran Church Sussex, Wisconsin

Congregation at Prayer: December 1, 2019

The Catechism: The Lord’s Prayer—Second Petition and Third Petition

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Catechesis Notes for the Week — Psalm 61: A Prayer for the Assurance of God’s Protection on Earth and for Eternity—Psalm 61 was likely prayed by David before he succeeded Saul as King and began his reign.  He prays for the Lord’s protection.  When his heart is overwhelmed, he prays that the Lord would lead him to the Rock that is higher than he.  That Rock is Christ, his Lord and Savior.  Though Saul was his enemy, David anticipates the teaching of the Apostle Paul who declares that our true enemy is Satan and the forces of darkness (Eph. 6:12). In the end. David prays for his King and desires only what is best for the King: “You will prolong the king’s life, His years as many generations. He shall abide before God forever. Oh, prepare mercy and truth, which may preserve him!” Luther extols the blessings of a stable government, even though the governing authorities have their flaws.  In the end, God works even through the secular kingdom to maintain order and to provide for people’s well-being.CP191201