Twenty-first Sunday after Trinity 21 October 2018 A.D.

Twenty-first Sunday after Trinity                         21 October 2018 A.D.   Morning Prayer

Psalm 91    First Lesson. 2 Kings 6:8-23                     Second Lesson. Romans 4:1-8


                         Grant , we beseech thee, merciful Lord, to thy faithful
                         people pardon and peace, that they may be cleansed
                         from all their sins, and serve thee with a quiet mind;
                         through Jesus Christ our Lord.                 Amen.


                                                      “A Quiet Mind”

           Have you noticed a prevailing theme that runs through the Old and New Testament? That theme being peace/calm/refuge/quiet.   I know, the first thing you might say is ‘aren’t those multiple themes’?   Yes, but they are all about the same concept.  That is the lack of chaos, the lack of fear, the lack of peace.   In each concept we can connect it back to the broad theme of peace.   Time and again, we are reminded of the “peace that passes understanding”.  We are reminded that there is a peace that cannot be purchased, it cannot be manufactured, it cannot be invented, it is God’s alone to dispense.  He alone has the power to create that peace within us.
We are to pray for that peace. We are to seek that peace by feeding upon the Word of God daily. 
If we look at Psalm 91 we can find these concepts illustrated in a number of verses there. (1-2)
He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.  I will say of the LORD, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust.
Great security is promised to believers in the midst of danger. Wisdom shall keep them from being afraid without cause, and faith shall keep them from being unduly afraid.*

 Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night; nor for the arrow that flieth by day;
 Nor for the pestilence that walketh in darkness; nor for the destruction that wasteth at noonday.
  In verses 3 and 4 of this psalm we read that God will protect us from the fowler (Satan) and from the poisonous influences of sin.  This deliverance is compared to what a mother hen does for her chicks when they are in danger. She hides them under her wings. And most importantly the truth of the Lord will be the defense and protection against these dangers.
3 Surely he shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler, and from the noisome pestilence.
4 He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth shall be thy shield and buckler.

 So how does this all depict peace/security/calm/refuge/quiet?
 Because thou hast made the LORD, which is my refuge, even the most High, thy habitation;  There shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling. For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways.
   Notice several things here in these three verses.  The Lord, who is most High, is my refuge. No evil shall befall thee nor plague come close to your dwelling. He gives his angels charge over you, to keep you safe in the ways of the Lord.  The careful balance here, is to not go “medieval” and begin to ascribe certain behaviors and circumstances to activity of angels.  There was a fairly large belief system, still around today, that angels were to be invoked for protection.  This is the farthest from the truth as we read the Word.  Every time there was an encounter with an angel the specific job was made clear.  An angel was to bring a message of hope, a warning of danger, or a promise of Godly retribution.  The angel would never require subservience. Several instances where a prophet or apostle would report on the appearance of an angel, they would fall down on their knees at that appearance. The angel would immediately tell them to get up, “I am created as you are...”.  In other words, we are not to worship angels. They are created by God, for specific tasks, but never to be worshiped. 
Now that being said, we also will find in the scripture, reports of angels who protect.  In this particular psalm, in the case of the Syrian army surrounding the prophet Elisha, as well as other places in the Bible, we can find instances of angelic presence for the specific task of protection.
In other words, “Guardian Angels”.  That is their task, they are to protect God’s own, to make sure we are able to do what the Lord wants us to do before we are finished with that mission here on earth. Because he hath set his love upon me, therefore will I deliver him: I will set him on high, because he hath known my name.   He shall call upon me, and I will answer him: I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him, and honour him.  With long life will I satisfy him, and shew him my salvation.
 Whatever happens, nothing shall hurt the believer; though trouble and affliction befall, it shall come, not for his hurt, but for good, though for the present it be not joyous but grievous. Those who rightly know God, will set their love upon him. They by prayer constantly call upon him. His promise is, that he will in due time deliver the believer out of trouble, and in the mean time be with him in trouble. The Lord will manage all his worldly concerns, and preserve his life on earth, so long as it shall be good for him. For encouragement in this he looks unto Jesus. He shall live long enough; till he has done the work he was sent into this world for, and is ready for heaven. Who would wish to live a day longer than God has some work to do, either by him or upon him? A man may die young, yet be satisfied with living. But a wicked man is not satisfied even with long life. At length the believer's conflict ends; he has done for ever with trouble, sin, and temptation.*

  And so today let us look forward to what God has promised us in the Word.  He will protect us, He will shield us from spiritual harm, He will take care of us here until our job is complete.  Then He will gather us to His heaven where we will be in perfect peace.  What a promise to be given.  May God richly bless you and keep you in this week to come. 

Let us pray:

IN THEE, O Lord, have I put my trust : let me never be put to confusion; deliver me in thy righteousness.  Bow down thine ear to me : make haste to deliver me.  And be thou my strong rock, and house of defence : that thou mayest save me.  For thou art my strong rock, and my castle : be thou also my guide, and lead me for thy Name’s sake.  Draw me out of the net that they have laid privily for me : for thou art my strength.  Into thy hands I commend my spirit : for thou hast redeemed me, O Lord, thou God of truth.
    Glory be.
GIVE us light in the night season, we beseech Thee, O Lord, and grant that our rest may be without sin, and our waking to Thy service; that we may come in peace and safety to the waking of the great day; 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.


                            

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