(30 verses, :48 to read)
What I am about to READ
- “The fool says in his heart, ‘There is no God.’ …There is none who does good, not even one.” The familiar words of this Psalm call to mind Romans 3 where, quoting this Psalm, Paul teaches that the Law completely condemns all as sinful. But God has not left us in such a state! “Therefore, as one trespass led to condemnation for all men, so one act of righteousness leads to justification and life for all men” (Romans 5:18). And this is to be received by faith.
MARK AND LEARN
- The true confession that we are sinful, condemned by the Law, foolish, deniers of God, justifiers of self, should cause us to flee for refuge and seek God’s infinite mercy.
- Verse 2 causes us to ask, How do we seek God? Jesus says, “Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness…” (Matthew 6:33). Where is the Kingdom of God? Where is His righteousness? We should seek God where is to be found. We should seek God where we know Him to be ruling for our benefit. And that’s in and by and with His Word.
- “If now I seek the forgiveness of sins, I do not run to the cross, for I will not find it given there. Nor must I hold to the suffering of Christ…in knowledge or remembrance, for I will not find it there either. But I will find in the sacrament or gospel the word which distributes, presents, offers, and gives to me that forgiveness which was won on the cross…[Whoever] has a bad conscience from his sins should go to the sacrament and obtain comfort, not because of the bread and wine, not because of the body and blood of Christ, but because of the word which in the sacrament offers, presents, and gives the body and blood of Christ, given and shed for me” (AE 40:214).
- Heavenly Father, You sent Your Son into our flesh to bear our sin and be our savior. On the Cross, Jesus earned the forgiveness of the world. All the world is reconciled to You in His sacrifice and death. We pray You to give this forgiveness to us by the preaching of Your Word and the right administration of Your sacraments. Teach us to cling to Your Word and promises and not to look inward for relief. In Jesus’ name, Amen!
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-Pastor Tyler Holt