Second Sunday after Trinity                      30 June 2019  A.D.     Morning Praye

Second Sunday after Trinity                      30 June 2019  A.D.     Morning Prayer              

Psalms 19                O.T. Lesson. Deut. 20:1-9               N.T. Lesson. Luke 9:57-62

                                            “The Wonder of God’s Creation”

                                   O Lord, who never failest to help and govern those
                                    whom thou dost bring up in they stedfast fear and love;
                                   Keep us, we beseech thee, under the protection of thy good
                                   providence, and make us to have a perpetual fear and love
                                   of thy holy Name; through Jesus Christ our Lord.     Amen

      Now that the nights are warmer, when we do not have a rain storm, you can go outside and see the very night sky that David gazed upon so many years ago.  He wrote of this wonder, the night sky and the day time sky; in it all he tells us that God’s glory is declared by the very handy work of the Creator. This psalm can be divided into at least two parts, creation and the law of God, with a subscript about how to use said law.
 I. The book of the creatures, in which we may easily read the power and godhead of the Creator, 
Ps 19:1-6
    Just the very existence of the creation, especially the heavens, the sun, the moon and all the lesser lights speaks to something or someone who created it all.   We find a similar reasoning in the book of Romans the first three chapters.  Paul writes that those without Christ really have no excuse to not seek Him, because everything around them speaks of creation. This ‘creation language’ is uttered around the world, there is no place that cannot see the handy work of God.  The heat of the sun as it transverses the sky, nothing is hid from that heat; today it may be hard to see that unless you have no air conditioning at your place of work or home.  Ask the gardener about the heat of the sun in full summer when we have had no rain for weeks!  Yes, the heavens declare the glory of God.  
II. The book of the scriptures, which makes known to us the will of God concerning our duty. 
Ps 19:7-11

      These next five verses outline the will of God in six parts.  
   I. The law of the Lord is perfect, when we understand it, it converts the soul. {turning us from wickedness to life}.  
  II. The Lord’s testimony is sure, it is unwavering, secure; it makes the simple wise.
  III. The statutes of the Lord are right, that makes one’s heart rejoice.  There is no question that His statues are correct, thus the heart is at peace.
  IV.  The Lord’s commandment is pure. That is a simple concept and being as such will enlighten the eyes of the reader, in fact will continue to enlighten them.
  V.   The respect and worshipful position the reader takes toward the Lord is cleansing. That clean is forever. 
  VI.  And finally, the judgments of the Lord are true and righteous.  We know that when the Lord judges his own, he will be just and in that judgement we know that he will only be righteous.
 It is of great peace that we should know that the Lord judges us, not we ourselves. 
   We finish out this section of the psalm with eternal aspect of following the Lord.  These precepts are to be more desired than gold or sweet honey; in fact they are so important to the Lord’s own David writes this last verse.  ‘...moreover by them {the six concepts in these verses} is thy servant warned: and in keeping them there is great reward.’   He implies that this great reward is Salvation.  Nothing else matters, honey will spoil, gold can be stolen, but your Salvation is a gift from God, no one can take that from you.
III. He shows the excellency and usefulness of that book  and then teaches us how to improve it, 
Ps 19:12-14   
       In the final three verses we find David petitioning the Lord to keep him from all sin, to not let the sin dominate his life, to cleanse him from secret faults, to make him innocent from the great transgression. That being the sin that separates us from God.  David understood the sin of Adam, he understood that because of Adam, he, David was also separated from the Lord.
      In one of the great ascriptions of the prayer book, David pens the following: “Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O Lord, my strength and my redeemer.”    When David finishes this psalm in that manner, he signals to us that the Lord is our strength.  The Lord is our redeemer. We too should ask the Lord to accept the words of our mouth and the meditation of our heart.   As followers of His Son Jesus, we too should be open to his Word, open to his correction, open to his Way.    Amen.

Let us pray:

O Lord, we join our unfeigned thanks for all thy mercies; for our being, our reason, and all other endowments and faculties of soul and body; for our health, friends, food, and raiment, and all the other comforts and conveniences of life. Above all, we adore thy mercy in sending thy only Son into the world, to redeem us from sin and eternal death, and in giving us the knowledge and sense of our duty towards thee. We bless thee for thy patience with us, notwithstanding our many and great provocations; for all the directions, assistance, and comforts of thy Holy Spirit; for thy continual care watchful providence over us through the whole course of our lives, and particularly for the mercies and benefits of the past day: beseeching thee to continue these thy blessings to us; and to give us grace to show our thankfulness in a sincere obedience to his laws, through whose merits and intercession we received them all, thy Son our Savior Jesus Christ. Amen.
ALMIGHTY and most merciful Father, we humbly beseech thee, of thy great goodness, to restrain those immoderate rains, wherewith, for our sins, thou hast afflicted us. And we pray thee to send us such seasonable weather, that the earth may, in due time, yield her increase for our use and benefit. And give us grace, that we may learn by thy punishments to amend our lives, and for thy clemency to give thee thanks and praise; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. 
 O GOD, whose nature and property is ever to have mercy and to forgive; Receive our humble petitions; and though we be tied and bound with the chain of our sins, yet let the pitifulness of thy great mercy loose us; for the honour of Jesus Christ, our Mediator and Advocate. Amen. 
THE LORD bless us, and keep us. The LORD make his face to shine upon us, and be gracious unto us. The LORD lift up his countenance upon us, and give us peace, both now and evermore. Amen.