Ninth Sunday after Trinity 18 August 2019 A.D.

Ninth Sunday after Trinity            18 August 2019 A.D.       Morning Prayer

Psalm 51         First lesson. Proverbs 4:1-4,20-27.     Second lesson. Hebrews 12:1-13

                                   GRANT to us, Lord, we beseech thee,
                                   the spirit to think and do always such things
                                   as are rightful; that we, who cannot do any thing
                                   that is good without thee, may by thee be enabled
                                   to live according to thy will; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

                                         Educating our Spiritual Lives

      As we approach the beginning of a new school year let us reflect on the “educational” theme that seems to run through the scripture selections for this ninth Sunday after Trinity.  In our spiritual journey, we should always be learning and growing, never staying stagnant or in one place.  This is not the focus of St. Paul and the other authors of the New Testament. They all focus on the forward movement and growth of each Christian believer.  We are to thrive. It is the mark of a good plant or tree, if it thrives and produces fruit in its time.  So should all believers. They should grow, tell others of the gift of God; Christ His only begotten Son, who died for our sins, and thrive a living believing child of the King.
      What are some of the “marks” of a thriving believer?
 And is there learning or educating is taking place within that believer’s life?

  I.  Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me. 
    David asks God to spiritual cleanse him and restore or renew a right spirit within him. He knows that only God can do this. So he asks God to do so.
And in the same sense he asks God to not forsake him.
     Cast me not away from thy presence; and take not thy holy spirit from me.
   David knows that he must be cleansed of his own sins, so he implores God to do so:
Have mercy upon me, O God, according to thy loving-kindness: according unto the multitude of thy tender mercies blot out my transgressions.
 Wash me throughly from mine iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin.
    David understands that he has sinned and must be corrected. He has learned this from his knowledge of God’s revelation in his life.  We know this because we have the written Word to guide and teach us. 
 For I acknowledge my transgressions: and my sin is ever before me.

II. Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free spirit.
   Now that David has been cleansed (a daily need)*, he then asks God to restore the joy of salvation, the freedom of fear, and the desire to praise God, his creator.
   O Lord, open thou my lips; and my mouth shall shew forth thy praise.
Deliver me from blood guiltiness, O God, thou God of my salvation: and my tongue shall sing aloud of thy righteousness.
   Now that David has been restored, he now has the greatest desire to share that joy and peace with others: Then will I teach transgressors thy ways; and sinners shall be converted unto thee.   It is interesting that David can sense the power of the Holy Spirit in that when he teaches others the Way of God, they, the sinner, will be converted. Do we understand the Holy Spirit’s power to convert?  Sometimes we are timid. We don’t want to offend, we don’t want to hurt anyone’s feelings, by telling them that they are on the wrong path. That their ways, lifestyles, daily living, is the broad path to destruction. The Road to Perdition.  
    Now as any good teacher will do, a review of the concept or idea, is a good way to make it stick or become a second nature idea in your student’s heart and mind.  David goes over the reason he must be made pure by the Creator, God the Father:
 Against thee, thee only, have I sinned, and done this evil in thy sight: that thou mightest be justified when thou speakest, and be clear when thou judgest.
 Behold, I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me.
 Behold, thou desirest truth in the inward parts: and in the hidden part thou shalt make me to know wisdom.
 Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean: wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.
 Make me to hear joy and gladness; that the bones which thou hast broken may rejoice.
 Hide thy face from my sins, and blot out all mine iniquities.

   III. For thou desirest not sacrifice;
         As early as the times of David, it was understood that blood sacrifice was just a stop-gap or fill in for the real sacrifice, that being the Son of God, dying on the Cross, for the redemption of the World.  Over the next dozen centuries the true sacrifice, the only sacrifice to be permanent will be revealed to the world. With the coming of the Christ child, at his first Advent, the world would finally be given the perfect, once and for all, sacrifice to save sinners. Jesus Christ, the only begotten Son of God, who’s death, burial, and glorious resurrection will destroy Death and put Satan on his final flight path to a permanent place in Hell.
 For thou desirest not sacrifice; else would I give it: thou delightest not in burnt offering.
 The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise.
    For more wisdom and more spiritual education, please make time to read the other two scripture selections set aside for this ninth Sunday after Trinity. Proverbs 4:1-4,20-27 and
Hebrews 12:1-13.  And in keeping with the theme of a daily need for forgiveness always remember the following:
* OUR Father, who art in heaven, Hallowed be thy Name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done on earth, As it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, As we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation; But deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever and ever. Amen.
    As we begin a new school year, whether we are teachers, parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, or caring friends, let us pray for those who are starting anew this year, some as continuing, some as first-timers, some as ending a phase of education, and some as they step out into the wonderful world of work, all of them need our prayers.

 Let us pray.

ALMIGHTY God, we beseech thee, with thy gracious favour, to behold our universities, colleges, and schools, that knowledge may be increased among us, and all good learning flourish and abound; bless all who teach and all who learn; and grant that in humility of heart they may ever look unto thee, who art the fountain of all wisdom; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

ALMIGHTY God, our Heavenly Father, who hast committed to thy Holy Church the care and nurture of thy children; Enlighten with thy wisdom those who teach and those who learn; that, rejoicing in the knowledge of thy truth, they may worship thee and serve thee from generation to generation; 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.

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.