Saturday, March 18, 2017

Saturday of Lent 2

Saturday of Lent 2, March 18, 2018 Psalm 25:22


Psalm 25:22 English Standard Version (ESV)

22 Redeem Israel, O God,
    out of all his troubles.

At the end of the psalm, David writes a concluding prayer in behalf of all God’s people.  A common feature in the prayers of the Psalter is a concluding expression of confidence that the prayer will be or has been heard. (As in Psalm 6:8–10; Psalm 7:10–17)

At the end of each prayer, prayed in faith we conclude with the word “Amen.” What is meant by the word, “Amen?” Luther reminds us in the explanation to the conclusion of the Lord’s Prayer, “For the kingdom the power and the glory are yours now and forever.” This means that I should be certain that these petitions are pleasing to our Father in heaven, and are heard by Him; for He Himself has commanded us to pray in this way and has promised to hear us. Amen, amen, which means, “yes, yes it shall be so.” This word amen means, “so shall it be and emphasizes that God, who has commanded us to pray, will hear our prayers and answer them as He has promise.   1

Grant, most merciful Lord, to your faithful people pardon and peace, that they may be cleansed from all their sins, and serve you with a quiet mind; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen  2

[1] Conclusion to the Lord’s Prayer, Luther’s Small Catechism, © 2009 Concordia Publishing House, St. Louis
[2] Collect for Saturday of Lent 2,
Luther’s Seal © Ed Riojas, Higher Things

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