MARTIN LUTHER ON PSALM 17:8-9

Guard me as the apple of the eye;
    hide me in the shadow of your wings,
from the wicked who despoil me,
    my deadly enemies who surround me.”

“The shadow of the wings in a mystical sense is faith in Christ, which in this life is mysterious and shadowy.  But the wings of Christ are His hands stretched out on the cross.  For just as the body of Christ on the cross produces a shadow, so it casts a spiritual shadow on the soul, namely, faith in His cross, under which every saint is protected.  Second, the shadow of the wings is the protection and watch of the holy angels or of contemplative men, who are the wings of God, for in them He soars and dwells in affectionate and encaptured minds.  Third, the shadow of the wings is the learning of the Scriptures, in which there is rest for those who devote themselves to this learning.”

Martin Luther on Psalm 4

Answer me when I call, O God of my right!
    You gave me room when I was in distress.
    Be gracious to me, and hear my prayer.

How long, you people, shall my honor suffer shame?
    How long will you love vain words, and seek after lies?
But know that the Lord has set apart the faithful for himself;
    the Lord hears when I call to him.

When you are disturbed, do not sin;
    ponder it on your beds, and be silent.
Offer right sacrifices,
    and put your trust in the Lord.

There are many who say, “O that we might see some good!
    Let the light of your face shine on us, O Lord!”
You have put gladness in my heart
    more than when their grain and wine abound.

I will both lie down and sleep in peace;
    for you alone, O Lord, make me lie down in safety.

 

“This psalm is an invitation to come to God not only in substance, as are all others, but also in form and manner.  The best way to lift the mind up to God is to acknowledge and ponder past blessings.  The setting forth of past blessings is the guarantee of future ones, and the gifts received in the past offer the confidence of receiving them.  [But on] the contrary, the total sinking of the mind away from God down to hell consists in forgetting or failing to take note of goods received.

Martin Luther, Works, Volume 10

 

AIDS SASKATOON WALK: September 10

Church Council has decided that King of Glory will again register as a team for the Scotiabank Aids Walk For Life on September 10.  We (and friends, family) can all be team members.  Please Sign on as a team member and/or pledge/donate on line at “Scotiabank AIDS Walk Saskatoon 2017”.  Our team is “King of Glory Lutheran Church” and team leader is “Michael Poellet”.  All money raised will go directly to support people who are infected by, affected by, and at the risk Of HIC, HCV, and other blood borne pathogens.  Registration starts at 12:30 at the Roxy Theatre on 320 20th Street West.  The walk will be from about 1:30-2:30 p.m. with speeches and refreshments afterwards.

BIBLE STUDY BEGINS: A Life of Prayer and Praise – Studying the Psalms

The Psalms have been the Jewish hymn and prayer book since the time of King David.  Certainly, they functioned this way at the time of Jesus in the temple and in the synagogue.  Even today, the first 150 hymns in Evangelical Lutheran Worship (our hymnbook) are psalms.

Luther in the Preface to his translation of the Psalms says the Psalter contains the whole Bible in a nutshell and can therefore “be called a mini-Bible” for “it shows the manner and practice” of our relationship to God, the world, and ourselves.  In his commentary on Psalm 119 Luther notes how the Psalms comfort us in our “spiritual struggle,” teaching us “not only to know and understand, but also to experience how right, how true, how sweet, how lovely, how mighty, how comforting God’s Word is, wisdom beyond all wisdom.”

The Bible study this year will look at the various genres, forms, and styles of Psalms, how the Psalms reflect Hebrew poetry, and take a closer look at some of the Psalms, such as Psalm 23, that have shaped and formed the spiritual life and worship of the church and synagogue.  Please join us at Pastor Michael’s home, 1010 Duke Street.  We meet at 7:30pm the first and third Thursdays of the month.