Fifteenth Sunday after Trinity 09 September 2018 A.D.

                              Fifteenth Sunday after Trinity MP 09 September 2018 A.D.

               Psalm 34     First Lesson. Joel 2:21-27.    Second Lesson. Matthew 6:24-34

            Keep, we beseech thee, O Lord, thy Church with thy
            perpetual mercy; and, because they frailty of man
                                    without thee cannot but fall, keep us ever by thy help
                                    from all things hurtful, and lead us to all things profitable
                                    to our salvation; through Jesus Christ our Lord.          Amen.     

                                                              The Promises of God

  Let us reflect on the lessons from Psalm 34. We can find at least four core concepts as we read the psalm:

                 1. Praise, 2.{give} glory, 3. seek Him. 4. Teach [of Him]   David extols us to do this. We must do this.


1. Praise: what we are doing today by gathering together and worshiping and singing hymns. We

 praise Him and by praising Him we also glorify Him.   Notice how many ways David expresses the ways to praise God: “...his praise shall continually be in my mouth.  My soul shall make her boast in the LORD: the humble shall hear thereof, and be glad.  O magnify the LORD with me, and let us exalt his name together...”.  He continually praises God, then his soul make her boast in the LORD, which in turn makes humble ones, glad. And then, and this is interesting, he writes that this praise should be corporate or in common as in “common praise”. Meaning of course as a community or body of believers.  So we should seek the Lord where he may be found, and also not isolate ourselves from others. We need to praise God together.

2. Glory: “...Glorify the Lord with me; let us exalt his name together.”   This is hand in glove with the praise of the Lord.   We ‘count our many blessings....see what God has done’. In our praise we also glorify God. When we take the time to praise God we then, as a side effect, also glorify Him.  “To God be the glory, great things He hath done”.

 3. Seek Him: ‘...I sought the Lord and he answered me; he delivered me from all my fears..’
“...but those who seek the Lord lack no good thing.”   We aren’t talking mansions, or a new car or any material wealth as such, we are talking about peace, a lack of fear, as sense of safety and refuge, that type of well being.   Always remember, this world is not our home, we are just passing through.  “...I will bless the LORD at all times:
 I sought the LORD, and he heard me, and delivered me from all my fears.”

4. Teach the little ones.  “Come my children, listen to me; I will teach you the fear of the Lord.”
 ....keep your tongue from evil, [keep] your lips from speaking lies...   Turn from evil and do
 good; seek peace and pursue it.    This teaching is to be done by all of us, no matter what we do out side of this assembly, we are to teach, admonish, help those who don’t know as much, that the way to peace and the peace that passes all understanding is by; avoiding evil, keeping yourself from evil and being an example to others.   The pressure of course is on us, we don’t want to be held up as examples.  But as Christ preached in His parables, we are not to be hidden under a basket, we as a shining city on the hill, can not be hidden from view.  So by our very promises to God through this communion and this assembly, we are vowing to be an example to others, those who are less aware of the Scriptures and those who have not idea of the Scripture.   “... Come, ye children, hearken unto me: I will teach you the fear of the LORD. What man is he that desireth life, and loveth many days, that he may see good? Keep thy tongue from evil, and thy lips from speaking guile.  Depart from evil, and do good; seek peace, and pursue it...”.
  In other words, we are being held accountable for what we sing, pray, and do as an assembly here each Sunday.  
 “I’m going to let is shine, this little light of mine, I’m going to let it shine, let it shine , let it shine let it shine.”  
This may be a children’s chorus, but it does send a clear message to us as adults and young people, we are an example, we are the lamp on the stand, we are the city on the hill, we can not hide our light. 

See what David writes in verse 5.  “They looked unto him, and were lightened: and their faces were not ashamed.”    Can we give an explanation why we seem to have more control over our day to day lives than those around us?   Can we, as St. Peter wrote, be prepared to    “....always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have.”  1 Peter 3:15.

 Wise men and women still seek Him, wise folk still follow Him, wise folk still worship Him.  Let us be wise and follow Jesus Christ, the Only Son of God, our Lord and Creator.

Let us pray:
ALMIGHTY God, the fountain of all wisdom, who knowest our necessities before we ask, and our ignorance in asking; We beseech thee to have compassion upon our infirmities; and those things which for our unworthiness we dare not, and for our blindness we cannot ask, vouchsafe to give us, for the worthiness of thy Son Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

O GOD, our heavenly Father, by whose gracious providence the former and the latter rain descend upon the earth, that it may bring forth fruit for the use of man; We give thee humble thanks that it hath pleased thee to send us rain to our great comfort, and to the glory of thy holy Name; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

GRANT, we beseech thee, Almighty God, that the words which we have heard this day with our outward ears, may, through thy grace, be so grafted inwardly in our hearts, that they may bring forth in us the fruit of good living, to the honour and praise of thy Name; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

                    

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