Monday, June 13, 2022

Tuesday prior to Proper 7


Psalm 3This psalm of David has as its background his flight from his rebellious son, Absalom, but it is applicable in our day and age and situation, too. The psalm was written to sustain the faith of anyone who faces a hostile conspiracy of foes, whether those foes are physical or spiritual. David counsels us to cry to the Lord when we are beset by trouble (vv. 1–2), then be calm, knowing that the Lord will sustain us (vv. 3–6). We can boldly exhort God to intervene on our behalf (v. 7) and then be certain that His blessing is upon us, and He will bring salvation (v. 8).

Psalm 3 – Peace in the Midst of a Storm

This is the first psalm with a title: A Psalm of David when he fled from Absalom his son. Since these titles are in the canonical text of the Hebrew Bible, they are to be taken with absolute seriousness throughout.

These events are recorded in 2 Samuel 15-18, but the heart of David at that difficult time is recorded in this psalm.[2]

Collect for Psalm 3: Lord God, you gave the people of the world to be the inheritance of your Son; you crowned him as king of Zion, your holy city, and gave him your Church as his bride. As he proclaims the ay of your eternal kingdom, may we serve him faithfully, and so know the royal power of your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.  

Grant, O Lord, that the course of this would may be peaceable governed by your providence and that you Church may joyfully serve you in confidence and serenity; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen  [3] -14 June, 2022 – Flag Day

[1] Luther’s Seal, copyright © Ed Riojas, Higher Things

[3] Collect for Psalm 3, Thursday of the Week of Pentecost 2, For All the Saints, A Prayer Book For and By the Church, Vol. II © 1995 The American Lutheran Publicity Bureau, Delhi, NY

[4] The American Flag copyright © Google images

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