Monday, January 10, 2022

Tuesday prior to Epiphany 2


Psalm 128; key verse, verse 5—May the Lord bless you from Zion all the days of your life; may you see the prosperity of Jerusalem.  The blessedness of the godly man is the theme for this week’s psalm. It is another word for wisdom concerning hearth and home. The key verse is thought to be a Levitical or priestly benediction or a word of instruction to those assembled from their homes coming to worship at Jerusalem.

Psalm 128

The Wellbeing of Home and Nation

I.                   The Sanctity of our Home life. (128:1-4)

A.    The Secret of the Lord’s Blessing (128:1a)

1.      A Proper Center: The Lord

2.      A Proper Circumference: The Law (128:1b)

B.     The Scope of the Lord’s Blessing (128:203)

He will take care of:

1.      Our Finances (128:2a)

2.      Our Feelings (128:2b)

3.      Our Future (128:2c)

4.      Our Family (128:3)

C.     The surety of the Lord’s Blessing (128:4)

II.                The Security of our Homeland (128:5-6)

A.    Security at the Center (128:5a)

B.     Security in the City (128:5b)

C.     Security for the Country (128:6) [2]

Collect for Psalm 128: Lord Jesus, from your opened side your bride, the Church, was formed, and sanctified in your cleansing blood. Make your Church a fruitful vine, with many children who will rejoice with you at your table and celebrate your goodness now and forever.[3] -11 January 2022

[1] Wedding at Cana, copyright © Ed Riojas, Higher Things

[2] Exploring the Psalms, © 1988 John Phillips A Publication of Lorizeaux Brothers, Inc.

[3] Collect for Psalm 128, For All the Saints, A Prayer Book For and By the Church, Vol. I © 1994 The American Lutheran Publicity Bureau, Delhi, NY

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