Peace Lutheran Church Sussex, Wisconsin

Congregation at Prayer: July 26, 2020

The Creed—The Second Article

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Catechesis Notes for the Week — Psalm 86—A Prayer for Mercy that Meditates upon the Lord’s Goodness—In psalm 86 David prays for help yet confesses himself to be holy. He says that he is poor and needy yet claims to be the Lord’s servant. How can these things contrasting pairings be true? The prophet says, “the just shall live by faith” in the Lord’s promise of salvation (Habakkuk 2:4). To be a Christian is to trust in the Lord and not in myself. To be a Christian is to confess my sin and to receive the Lord’s forgiveness. To be a Christian is to believe that I am poor and needy in myself yet holy and righteous in Christ. The Christian faith believes in what God’s Word declares about myself and trusts in what God gives me in Christ. The just shall live by faith in the Lord Jesus and His suffering, death, and resurrection for our salvation. For this reason, David’s prayer of faith not only cries out to the Lord for forgiveness for his sin and deliverance from his enemies, but also rejoices in the myriad gifts of the Lord’s salvation. “Preserve my life…be merciful to me…You are good…Give ear to my prayer…You are great, and do wondrous things…Teach me Your way, O LORD…You, O Lord, are a God full of compassion, and gracious, longsuffering and abundant in mercy and truth…You Lord, have helped and comforted me.” Psalm 86 teaches us how to pray with boldness and confidence. Even though we are undeserving sinners, yet we are the objects and recipients of the Lord’s mercy and love.