Called to be His children
August 19, 2013
by Pastor Edward Groop, Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church, French Lake

Psalm 119:33-38:

“Teach me, O Lord, the way of thy statutes; and I will keep it to the end.

“Give me understanding, that I may keep thy law and observe it with my whole heart.

“Lead me in the path of thy commandments, for I delight in it.

“Incline my heart to thy testimonies, and not to gain!

“Turn my eyes from looking at vanities; and give me life in thy ways.

“Confirm to thy servant thy promise, which is for those who fear thee.

“Turn away the reproach which I dread; for thy ordinances are good.

“Behold, I long for thy precepts; in thy righteousness give me life!”

TheBook of Psalms is a song book and a prayer book for God’s people. It is also a book filled with a rich understanding of God and God’s people.

In Psalms, we find so many ways to pray, sing, meditate to our gracious God in Jesus the Christ. Let us a look at the above verses.

Teach me, we ask – plead to God. Teach me what? How to make a million dollars? How to be number one? No.

We plead to learn the way of the Lord/Yahweh – this God whom we know in/through Jesus, God’s Son and our Redeemer and Saviour.

The God who Is; no beginning and no ending. This Lord Is; the same today, yesterday, and forever and ever.

Such a God calls us to be His by trust, faith – to be His children by His love and mercy; not in trembling and fearful “subject,” but as children.

This God of ours, whom the Psalmist names as Lord in the Hebrew “Yahweh,” which translates “I am who I am” – the eternal God, known as Creator, Redeemer, Sanctifier. This, three-fold, is eternally God, God for us and not against us – seen in creating us in that marvelous event of our birth; in that second birth of Holy Baptism; in that longing new birth/creation in the glory of heaven.

Such a God, who is all powerful – all loving – all forgiving to us. To us, His erring children, yet loved.

Alleluia! Praise the Lord! Amen and amen – so it was, and is, and shall be. Amen.

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