Peace Lutheran Church Sussex, Wisconsin

Congregation at Prayer: September 6, 2020

The Ten Commandments—The Fifth and Sixth Commandments

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Catechesis Notes for the Week — Psalm 89:38-52 —Prayer for the Preservation of the Church—“How long, Lord? Will You hide Yourself forever? Will Your wrath burn like fire?” There have been times throughout the history of the Old Testament Church to the present day in which it appeared as if the Lord had not only abandoned His Church but cast her off. The Babylonian captivity was such time. The Temple was destroyed. Prominent officials were carried away captive. The Kingdom of Judah and the city of Jerusalem were left in ruins. As was the case in the Old Testament, sometimes the New Testament Church has brought such destruction upon herself by her sins and infidelity. Faith understands that it is the Lord who has seemingly cast us off and allowed the enemies of the church to oppress her. Appealing to the Lord’s promise, the psalmist asks, “How long?” Ultimately the oppression of His people is not for their destruction but for their salvation. The psalmist prays for the Church with the sobriety of a broken and contrite heart: “Remember how short my time is; for what futility have You created the children of men? What man can live and not see death? Can he deliver his life from the power of the grave?” Faith knows the answers to these questions and can only appeal to the Lord’s promise of salvation to the unworthy and undeserving, “Lord, where are Your former loving kindnesses, which You swore to David in Your truth? Remember, Lord, the reproach of Your servants…Blessed be the Lord forevermore! Amen and Amen.”CP200906