Seventeenth Sunday after Trinity 13 October 2019 A.D.

 

Seventeenth Sunday after Trinity     13 October  2019 A.D.    Morning Prayer

Psalm 25                      Jeremiah 13:15-21                     Mark 10:35-45

                                      Lord, we pray thee that thy grace may always prevent
                                      and follow us, and make us continually to be given
                                      to all good works; through Jesus Christ our Lord.    Amen 
   

     Do we look unto the Lord?  Do we trust the Lord?  Do we let the Lord show us his ways, his paths?  Do we let him lead us in his truth and do we learn from him?
   Lots of questions. I know, but not without reason. 
 Are we really following the Lord in our daily lives?  
   When David was singing this psalm he was singing or preaching to himself. He was asking the Lord to help him, to teach him, to guide him into the path of truth. When you study the 119 psalm, you will see clearly how the psalmist asks for guidance and correction.  He knew that God was his salvation.  
 David’s supplication to the Lord is for help, being led into truth, and most importantly seeking salvation from God.

    Unto thee, O Lord, do I lift up my soul.
 O my God, I trust in thee: let me not be ashamed, let not mine enemies triumph over me.
 Yea, let none that wait on thee be ashamed: let them be ashamed which transgress without cause.
 Shew me thy ways, O Lord; teach me thy paths.
 Lead me in thy truth, and teach me: for thou art the God of my salvation; on thee do I wait all the day.

   In the same manner, David now asks for forgiveness, forgiveness for all that he had done in the past.  “...remember not the sins of my youth, nor my transgressions...”.  
That passage is both past and present, David is asking God to forgive his past sins and his current or more recent sins too.  When we understand that the memories of past sins are not from the Lord, no they are from the god of this world, Satan. It is then we can step forward, knowing that the Lord has forgiven us. We should trust God to forgive us, he will not hold our sin against us, IF we confess our sin and seek God’s forgiveness.  
 “...O Lord, have mercy upon us, miserable offenders. Spare thou those, O God, who confess their faults. Restore thou those who are penitent; According to thy promises declared unto mankind in Christ Jesus our Lord...”   As quoted from the General Confession of Morning and Evening Prayer.  These prayers are direct quotes from the Psalms for the most part, 85 to 90% scripture.  These prayers are not made from unknown fabric, they are from the Word of God.

 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.

  In our lesson today, taken from Psalm 25, we read that the psalmist is greatly comforted by the mercy of the Lord, knowing that the Lord will lift him out of trouble and in all of this, he also waits upon the Lord to do all that He has promised.
   Do we have that type of faith?  
   Do we trust the Lord to lift us up out of the net that entangles us in sin? 
   Do we trust the Lord to take us out of our distress?
   Take the time to read the 25th Psalm.  Read it, digest it, inwardly consume it and meditate on the meaning that David is writing to himself and to us down through the ages.

Let us pray:
O heavenly Father, we humbly beseech thee, to assist us, with thy grace, that we may continue in that holy fellowship, and do all such good works as thou hast prepared for us to walk in; through Jesus Christ our Lord, to whom, with thee and the Holy Ghost, be all honour and glory, world without end. 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. 
DIRECT us, O Lord in all our doings with thy most gracious favour, and further us with thy continual help, that in all our works begun, continued, and ended in thee we may glorify thy holy Name and finally, by thy mercy, obtain everlasting life; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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