(5 verses, 0:39 to read)
What I am about to READ
- Psalm 70 is a prayer for deliverance from the enemies of the righteous.
- vv. 1 and 5 effectively serve as bookends for this little prayer for God’s speedy response in time of trouble.
- vv. 2-3 are prayed against the enemies of the righteous.
- v. 4 holds out the promise of God for those in need of Divine help.
- v. 1 ought to be familiar to anyone who has ever prayed Matins or Vespers, as this verse is part of the opening sentences of those services. Next time you pray either service, remember this psalm. This stands to remind us sinners that the proper focus of any service in the Church is the work of God to deliver us from our enemies of sin, death, and hell.
- As Christians, we have many enemies. Being united with Christ is to be an enemy of the world. Dr. Luther teaches us to pray for deliverance from anything that would lead us into any great shame and vice in the 6th Petition of the Lord’s Prayer.
- In v. 5, we learn to recognize our total poverty before God. The Law shows us that we have fallen short of God’s glory and stand condemned. However, it is also the humble who are delivered by God (cf. Luke 1:46-55).
- This Psalm reminds us that we have a gracious Father who promises to hear our prayers, and will deliver us from evil.
- This Psalm fits with the 2nd Commandment and the 7th Petition of the Lord’s Prayer.
- Prayer: Father in heaven, deliver us from all manner of evil, of body and soul, property and honor, and at last, when our last hour shall come, grant us a blessed end, and graciously take us from this vale of tears to Yourself into heaven. Amen.
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-Rev. Jordan McKinley, pastor
Trinity Lutheran Church, Vallonia, IN
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