Peace Lutheran Church Sussex, Wisconsin

Congregation at Prayer: July 5, 2020

The Lord’s Prayer—The Fifth Petition

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Catechesis Notes for the Week — Psalm 83—Prayer for the Church Against Oppression from Her Enemies—The Old Testament church often found herself surrounded by enemies, foreign powers, who sought to destroy both the nation of Israel and her faith. The persecuted and suffering Church of the New Testament needs to read the psalms as applying to our situation today, as the false teachings of the world don’t merely stand alongside the teachings from God’s Word, but actually fight against it. The world is full of many false teachings, but they often have one thing in common: a malevolent hatred of the Gospel of Christ and the confession of Christianity. Tolerance in our world abounds for every other teaching and point of view except Christianity. Christians often experience the condition of being in the minority and the object of societal discrimination and the bigotry of political correctness. Against this backdrop, the psalmist prays, “Do not keep silent, O God! Do not hold Your peace, and do not be still, O God! For behold, Your enemies make a tumult; and those who hate You have lifted up their head…  They have consulted together with one consent; they form a confederacy against You.” We learn from this psalm prayer that the Lord will deal with the enemies who attack the Church. We are simply called to be faithful and to entrust ourselves to the care and protection of Him who suffered all for our redemption. “O my God, make them like the whirling dust, like chaff before the wind! Let them be confounded and dismayed forever; yes, let them be put to shame and perish, that men may know that You, whose name alone is the Lord, are the Most High over all the earth.”CP200705