Monday, February 12, 2018

Monday after the Transfiguration, February 12, 2108 Psalm 99:1-5

The Psalmist mentions twice, “Holy is He!” What makes God different from His creation and His created order is the fact that He alone is Holy. We live in a fallen world, outside of Eden. Because He is Holy, God is unique, totally unlike anything else that has been made.

How then is God’s name kept Holy? Luther would remind us in the explanation to the First Petition of the Lord’s Prayer, “God’s name is kept holy when the Word of God is taught in his truth and purity, and we, as the children of God, also lead holy lives according to it.” To this we simply pray, “Help us to do this dear Father in heaven!

Luther goes on to explain, “But anyone who teaches or lives contrary to God’s Word profanes the name of God among us.” To this we simply pray, “Protect us from this, heavenly Father!”[1]

Hymn: Swiftly Pass the Clouds of Glory (Lutheran Service Book 416:1)
            Swiftly pass the clouds of glory,
            Heav-en’s voice the dazzling light;
            Moses and Elijah vanish;
                 Christ alone commands the height!
            Peter, James, and John fall silent,
                 Turning from the summit’s rise
            Downward toward the shadowed valley
            Where their Lord has fixed His eyes.

Almighty and everlasting God, who governs all things in heaven and on earth, mercifully hear the prayers of Your people and grant us Your peace through all our days; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.[2]

[1] 1st Petition of the Lord’s Prayer, Luther’s Small Catechism, © 2009 Concordia Publishing House, St Louis
[2]Collect for the Second Sunday after Epiphany, Lutheran Service Book © 2006 Concordia Publishing House, St, Louis

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