Saturday of Lent 3 – March 30, 2019 – Psalm 1:6
For the Lord knows the way of the righteous, but the way of the wicked will perish.
Psalm 1 key verse v.6 —“For the Lord knows the way of the righteous, but the way of the wicked will perish.” This psalm verse gives us both Law and Gospel. The ways of the wicked will be met with the full brunt of Law – the ultimate judgment for unbelief and sin. The righteous, on the other hand, not by any merit on their behalf but completely by grace, will be delivered on the last day. This of course is Gospel. The destinies of two lifestyles are the destinies of those who have chosen them.
St. Paul would remind us, "And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose" (Romans 8:28) You can trust the Lord’s goodness, His power, and His will to work out all things for your good as you journey together with Him. This promise, that God works all things together for good does not mean that all things, taken by themselves, are good. Some things and events are particularly bad. Yet God is able to work them together for good. He sees all. He knows your present and your past. He designs your future. Your life is not dictated by circumstances. The one who owns your future directs your path.
O God, You know us to be set in the midst of so many and great dangers, that by reason of the frailty of our nature we cannot always stand upright: Grant us such strength and protection as may support us in all dangers, and carry us through all temptations; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen.
God of our salvation, Your beloved Son entered the Holy City to shouts of "Hosanna!" for truly He came in the name of the Lord. Give us faith to grasp the mystery of His suffering, death, and resurrection on our behalf as we journey with Him this Lenten season to the cross and, beyond that, to the empty tomb; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.
 Collect for Saturday of Lent 3, Lutheran Service Book © 2006 Concordia Publishing House, St. Louis