Devotion for Nov 22, 2017
A Simple Family Devotion for November 22, 2017
In the name of the Father and of the + Son and of the Holy Spirit
The Psalmist is obviously very excited about ‘the works of the Lord.’ The ‘works of the Lord’ are ‘great,’ ‘full of splendor and majesty,’ ‘well remembered,’ ‘powerful,’ ‘faithful and just,’ and ‘established forever.’ And just what is the ‘work of the Lord’ that has the Psalmist so excited that he sings, “Praise the Lord” and swears that he will “give thanks to the Lord with his whole heart in the company of the upright, in the congregation”? Along with providing His people with food for their bodies, He has been faithful to His covenant and “sent redemption.” The redemption He has sent is His only-begotten Son, who has redeemed us from all sin, death and the devil with His precious body crucified, risen and ascended. This is the redemption that we receive as we take and eat and drink His body and blood. This is the ‘work of the Lord’ that moves ‘the company of the upright in the congregation’ to shout, ‘Praise the Lord! Holy and awesome is His name.’ (author: Rev. Paul Nielsen)
The Explanation to the Third Article of the Apostles’ Creed
I believe that I cannot by my own reason or strength believe in Jesus Christ, my Lord, or come to Him; but the Holy Spirit has called me by the Gospel, enlightened me with His gifts, sanctified and kept me in the true faith. In the same way He calls, gathers, enlightens, and sanctifies the whole Christian church on earth, and keeps it with Jesus in the one true faith. In this Christian church He daily and richly forgives all my sins and the sins of all believers. On the Last Day He will raise me and all the dead, and give eternal life to me and all believers in Christ. This is most certainly true.
The Lord’s Prayer
Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy name, Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For Thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever and ever. Amen.
Collect of the Week
Stir up, O Lord, the wills of Your faithful people that they, plenteously bringing forth the fruit of good works, may be plenteously rewarded; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.
Prayers for Self and Others
A Chronological Reading through Scripture