(9 verses, 1:12 to read)
What I am about to READ
- David prays and is heard
- David, based on God’s promise to hear our prayers, calls out to God (vv. 1-2).
- David prays for deliverance from and against his enemies (vv. 3-5).
- David praises God for hearing His prayer and delivering him from his enemies (vv. 6-9).
- God commands us to pray. If a Christian does not call upon God’s name in prayer, he is guilty of misusing the Lord’s name. Prayer is one of the reasons God gives us His name—Father, Son, and Holy Spirit—in Holy Baptism. We also have a great promise from God that He will hear our prayers. Because of that, we need not fear any lack or death or hell.
- David recognizes that he is not immune to the sins of those who surround him. Just like Isaiah confesses, “I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips.” This is dangerous for all Christians. We must guard our hearts and our minds from those things that would tempt us toward evil.
- David’s enemies are hypocrites, speaking peace but carrying evil in their hearts. God, the one who renders judgment, sees into the hearts of sinful man. Thus our outward actions are not the only thing that is pleasing to God. Good works proceed from a heart that fears the Lord’s wrath and desires to do what He commands out love for God and neighbor.
- David confesses where the strength to do God-pleasing works comes from: God alone. He is the strength of those whose hearts trust in Him. He saves His people, anointed by the Holy Spirit in the waters of Holy Baptism, enabling them, even in this life, to begin to fulfill the law of love. Even when we do fall short of God’s righteous law, Jesus, our Good Shepherd, bears us up and carries us by His saving power.
- Luther links this psalm to the second and third commandments (prayer and worship) and the first and second petitions of the Lord’s Prayer.
- Prayer: God of all grace, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who knows the enemies of Your Church and are able to thwart all their designs; protect us against all tyrants, heretics, and hypocrites. Hear our prayer and grant us to love Your Word, to promote Your honor upon earth, and to continue in Your service always even to the end. Amen.
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-Rev. Jordan McKinley, pastor
Trinity Lutheran Church, Vallonia, IN
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