Eighth Sunday after Trinity 11 August 2019 A.D.

Eighth Sunday after Trinity   11 August 2019 A.D.        Evening Prayer             

Psalm 25     Old Testament lesson Genesis. 18:20 - 33 New Testament lesson.  Luke 10:38-42


                                           The Mercy of the Lord.    

 “...it is your property to have mercy on us....,
  or  Lord, have mercy on us miserable sinners..., “

 Again and again we read about or pray for the mercy of the Lord.  He has shown in his Word many examples of his mercy.
 In today’s Psalm, we read about the process of seeking the right way.  David outlines in verse 4, a process of learning about God’s truth.   Shew me thy ways, O LORD; teach me thy paths. 

 1] Show me your ways, O Lord.    How does He show us his ways?   Go outside on a clear night and look up at his creation.  Watch a flower unfold as it begins to bloom.  Look at a child as they  grow from infancy to child to young adult and finally an adult. {photo albums help here}
 Look at the wonders that they look at with a new expression, is this God showing us his ways?  Yes I think so.  “You can see the Creator through the eyes of a child...”  They see wonder and awesomeness in every new and strange thing that comes into their little world.

 2] Teach me your paths;   Why would you need to be taught what path to take?   Well as adult we know what can happen when we take the wrong path.  We know what happens when we don’t know the way.  We have seen others go off to destruction and misery, because they took the wrong path. Wrong life choices, bad decisions, all can equal horrible results.
  David is asking for help in choosing and knowing the correct paths to take, he is asking for God to help him learn the right way.  Teach me your paths.  After all, God created this world and the paths, He knows the Way.

 3] Guide me in your truth.   Do you notice that is an active present tense voice, not asking for a final destination, but an ongoing daily guidance in God’s Truth.  David knew that he needed a daily correction on his direction of travel, he needed that daily contact to make sure he, David, was going the right direction.     How do we find this guidance today?   Simply put...B I B L E.  God has given us the very guide book, the tools and the directions for use.  It is the Bible.  Then David comes back to the essential theme of Christian life....teaching, which is what a guide does, it is up to us to learn from that guidance he provides.

4]  Lead me in thy truth    Look at the rest of verse five, “... Lead me in thy truth, and teach me: for thou art the God of my salvation; on thee do I wait all the day...”     This implies a daily walk with God, we can do the same by taking time to read His word, take a quiet time just to read and reflect in his word.  A time to “...be still and know that I am God...”

 Now David asks for the mercy he knows God has, he knows because of the Word passed down from older generations (v.6) Remember, O LORD, thy tender mercies and thy loving kindnesses; for they have been ever of old.  Remember not the sins of my youth, nor my transgressions: according to thy mercy remember thou me for thy goodness' sake, O LORD.
 Let us read and reflect on the rest of the psalm.   Verses 8 – 22

Good and upright is the LORD: therefore will he teach sinners in the way.
 The meek will he guide in judgment: and the meek will he teach his way.
 All the paths of the LORD are mercy and truth unto such as keep his covenant and his testimonies.
 For thy name's sake, O LORD, pardon mine iniquity; for it is great.
 What man is he that feareth the LORD? him shall he teach in the way that he shall choose.
 His soul shall dwell at ease; and his seed shall inherit the earth.
 The secret of the LORD is with them that fear him; and he will shew them his covenant.
 Mine eyes are ever toward the LORD; for he shall pluck my feet out of the net.
 Turn thee unto me, and have mercy upon me; for I am desolate and afflicted.
The troubles of my heart are enlarged: O bring thou me out of my distresses.
 Look upon mine affliction and my pain; and forgive all my sins.
 Consider mine enemies; for they are many; and they hate me with cruel hatred.
 O keep my soul, and deliver me: let me not be ashamed; for I put my trust in thee.
 Let integrity and uprightness preserve me; for I wait on thee.
 Redeem Israel, O God, out of all his troubles.
   Key words:
                      Redeem Israel ( who is Israel today?  The Church, which inherited the birthright from Ancient Israel, because they rejected the Messiah, Jesus Christ.)  

So as we have studied this day, there are many opportunities to get into the Word of the Lord. Why is it important?  Because He has shown mercy on us.  God has given His Son, his ONLY Son to be our Savior.  This is the ultimate mercy.  God will not hold our sins against us, if we accept his sacrifice, Jesus Christ our Lord and Redeemer.    
Let us daily walk with the Lord, let us daily read his guidebook, because it will TEACH US, INSTRUCT US, SHOW US, His way.
Let us pray.
 O ALMIGHTY God, look mercifully upon the world which thou hast redeemed by the blood of thy dear Son, and incline the hearts of many to dedicate themselves to the sacred ministry of thy Church; through the same thy Son Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

ASSIST us mercifully, O Lord, in these our supplications and prayers, and dispose the way of thy servants towards the attainment of everlasting salvation; that, among all the changes and chances of this mortal life, they may ever be defended by thy most gracious and ready help; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

THE grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Ghost, be with us all evermore. Amen.