Devotion for Oct 4, 2017
A Simple Family Devotion for October 4, 2017
In the name of the Father and of the + Son and of the Holy Spirit
The greater the trouble, the more relief and joy and gratitude at the deliverance. That’s the overwhelming sentiment that is expressed in this prayer. In his trouble, the Psalmist was as deep as “Sheol” and “the pit.” This is no ‘mere problem’ but a life and death situation. But God heard his prayer and answered him with nothing less than a resurrection to life. Here is the praise and joy of every believer expressed in words that are divinely inspired. They give thanks for the complete ‘turn around’ that God has worked in his life. Ultimately, the ‘great turnaround’ and rescue from ‘the pit’ is realized by every believer when he or she awakens in heaven. “Weeping may tarry for a night but joy comes in the morning.” We can also apply this to the ‘weeping’ of the women at the tomb of Christ and the ‘joy’ of the same women on Easter morning. I wouldn’t be a bit surprised if the saints in glory recite this Psalm before the throne day and night – “You have turned for me my mourning into dancing; you have loosed my sackcloth and clothed me with gladness…” (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
O Lord, we pray that Your grace may always go before and follow after us, that we may continually be given to all good works; 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