Sixth Sunday after Trinity MP 11 July A.D. 2021

                                                   Sixth Sunday after Trinity              
                                                 11 July A.D. 2021

Psalm 111      First  Lesson Isaiah 57:13b-19      Second  Lesson 2 Timothy 2:7-13

                                          O God, who hast prepared for those who love thee
                                          such good things as pass man’s understanding; Pour
                                          into our hearts such love towards thee, that we, loving thee
                                         above all things, may obtain thy promises, which exceed all
                                         that we can desire; through Jesus Christ our Lord.    Amen    

                                     “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of .....”

Studies from Psalm 111

Here are some questions that arise from this reading. As we read and meditate on the Word we can begin to understand the many aspects of the benefits of worshiping the Lord, praising Him, fearing Him, (having a great respect and reverence for Him), all these things begin to come into focus as we study His Word.

1} How do we get to know and understand God?    

2 The works of the Lord are great, sought out of all them that have pleasure therein.
3 His work is honorable and glorious: and his righteousness endureth for ever.
4 He hath made his wonderful works to be remembered: the Lord is gracious and full of compassion. 

 We see in the works of the Lord, his glory, his righteousness, he also displays compassion. 
The works of the Lord are great.  What is there to not understand? If you read Psalm 19 you will find the very vivid description of the firmament, that being the visible heavens; the stars and planets.  David describes the seasons, the movement of the sun, the regularity of daily works of the Lord, all visible to those who take the time to stop and see it around them.
      St. Paul also wrote about this natural law in the first three chapters of Romans.  “...his wonderful works are to be remembered...”. 
 We just need to open our eyes and look around and the world that God created and that will begin the process of knowing and understanding God. 
2} How does God help us to understand why we should worship him and praise him ? 

5 He hath given meat unto them that fear him: he will ever be mindful of his covenant.
6 He hath shewed his people the power of his works, that he may give them the heritage of the heathen.
7 The works of his hands are verity and judgment; all his commandments are sure.
8 They stand fast for ever and ever, and are done in truth and uprightness.

We worship the Lord because we respect him (the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom: a good understanding of all they that do his commandments..)  
 We praise the Lord because everything he has done for us is true and his judgment is clear, his commandments are sure and correct.  So much so that they stand forever. And in doing them, keeping them one understands truth and uprightness.  Everything points to God.
 And yet because  of the constants; the daily chaos that we see or read about going on all around us, this chaos is a clear indication that there is something broken about this world.  David offers an alternative to all that brokenness.  He shows us that God, being the only alternative to all the chaos, is the one to cling to, to turn to during all levels of fear and uncertainness.  God has sent redemption to his people, His Son Jesus came that we might have life and have it more abundantly. God reveals this in his Word, the Bible. We have the beginning of wisdom, we need to turn to him and live.

 He sent redemption unto his people: he hath commanded his covenant for ever: holy and reverend is his name.
10 The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom: a good understanding have all they that do his commandments: his praise endureth for ever

 In the last two verses of this psalm we read of the Lord’s redemption of his people, he keeps his covenant forever and holy and reverend is his name. And as we have read and heard earlier, the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. See how that last phrase ties into the first verse?
‘...his praise endureth for ever...’  ‘...I will praise the Lord with my whole heart...’  It all ties together.  We are also to worship the Lord together; ‘ the assembly of the upright, and in the congregation...’    All of this is to be done together, just as we are doing today in prayer, song and reading of Word of the Lord. 
Let us reflect on the last verse of Psalm 111 this week.   “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom: a good understanding have all they that do his commandments: his praise endureth for ever.”   
 God is always with us, we should never be dismayed. He will protect us, he will guide us, he will be there in good times as well as bad.  Let us continue our praise and worship as we bring our gifts to the throne of Heavenly grace, to Him who is able to keep you unto that day.

Let us pray:
  O LORD God, who hast justly humbled us by thy late visitation of us with immoderate rain and waters, and in thy mercy hast relieved and comforted our souls by this seasonable and blessed change of weather; We praise and glorify thy holy Name for this thy mercy, and will always declare thy loving-kindness from generation to generation; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. 
 O GOD, whose days are without end, and whose mercies cannot be numbered; Make us, we beseech thee, deeply sensible of the shortness and uncertainty of human life; and let thy Holy Spirit lead us through this vale of misery, in holiness and righteousness, all the days of our lives: That, when we shall have served thee in our generation, we may be gathered unto our fathers, having the testimony of a good conscience; in the communion of the catholic Church; in the confidence of a certain faith; in the comfort of a reasonable, religious, and holy hope; in favour with thee our God, and in perfect charity with the world. All which we ask through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.


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