Posts Tagged ‘Psalm 51’

In our neck of the woods, near the Blue Ridge Mountains, we just had over a foot of snow, and in many necks of the woods!  Even though we live near mountains, snow of that quantity is rare in the Old Dominion. The following quote is from the website The Federalist.  It’s from an article entitled, The Six Best Bible Verses on Snow by Mollie Hemingway (Baptized member of The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod and frequent contributor to the WSJ and other magazines and websites).  

Psalm 51:6-7:

Behold, You desire truth in the inward parts,
And in the hidden part You will make me to know wisdom.

Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean;
Wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.

For context, David had spied Bathsheba bathing on the rooftop. Even though she was the wife of one of his senior advisors, he seduced her and impregnated her. And then he killed her husband Uriah to cover it all up. God sent the Prophet Nathan to David to confront him with his sin and this is part of the beautiful psalm he wrote after confessing his sin. If you’ve stopped pretending you’re not a sinner, it’s a great passage to read.

P.S.  It’s also great to pray when you have no pretense that you are not a sinner, as we will pray the Psalm in it’s entirety on Ash Wednesday, March 5th.–Pr. Schroeder

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Tongue Tied?

The Epistle Lesson for the 17th Sunday after Pentecost (Year B) is James 3 : 1-12.  It is about the weakest part of our body, the tongue which can do the greatest damage in teaching false doctrine, cursing and damning a neighbor and yet on a Sunday sing God’s praises.  So this cartoon:

Now we are encouraged  to “bridle our tongues”  (James 1:26but the point of James and the entire Bible, God’s Word,  is not merely to shut-up!  Thomas Aquinas said,   “If the highest aim of a captain were to preserve his ship, he would keep it in port forever”.  Yes, if preserving the tongue were the highest aim, we should just shut up and never speak.  This is not what James is getting at.  Even so, we would still sin by thought!    Now I can say whatever I want, but not everything is helpful and so I am still sinning by my tongue.  We will have slips, yes, great falls and stumbles with what we say.  Then we turn in repentance to the Lord for forgiveness.  He forgives and  He wants us to speak of His Word so that many may hear and believe, so we can warn a brother or sister of peril,  so we can guide someone along the Way of Jesus Christ, so we can pray.  He said to the deaf and mute man, Ephphatha, Be opened! Mark 7:34  King David prayed, O Lord, open Thou my lips and my mouth shall show forth Thy praise. (Psalm 51: 15)  Not tongue tied, but the tongue set free!

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