Devotion for Oct 11, 2017
A Simple Family Devotion for October 11, 2017
In the name of the Father and of the + Son and of the Holy Spirit
Psalm 2 is a prayer in answer to a question – “why do the nations rage and peoples plot if vain?” What follows is a long explanation for why their raging and plotting is utterly foolish. It is important when thinking about Psalm 2 to properly understand the meaning of the word “nations.” We should not think of ‘nations’ as ‘countries’ or political empires. “Nations” refers to the ‘goiim,’ the ‘gentiles,’ those who do not believe in the Lord and reject Him and His ways. In comparison to the ‘blessed man’ in Psalm 1 who ‘meditates day and night on the word of the Lord,’ the ‘nations’ are the ‘wicked.’ They meditate on how to overthrow the Lord and His Word. How foolish! We should also apply the rejection of the ‘nations’ to ourselves whenever we rage against resist God’s word for our life and ‘plot’ how we might overthrow it. We pray that the Lord would enlighten us that we may see how foolish we are being and how futile our ways and turn us so that rather than raging and plotting against the Lord, we might ‘kiss the Son.’ (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
Lord, we implore You, grant Your people grace to withstand the temptations of the devil and with pure hearts and minds to follow you, the only God; 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