04062019 Sat of Lent 4 WNALC Event Emmanuel Lutheran Export PA

“Psalms connect us with Jesus”

04062019 Sat of Lent 4 WNALC Event Emmanuel Lutheran Export PA

April 6, 2019
“Psalms connect us with Jesus”
Sermon Audio

When I was asked to prepare a short devotion as an introduction for Dr. Schifrin’s presentation on the Psalms, my initial thought was to look to Luther’s Catechism and the Psalms.  In looking at the latest orthodox Lutheran catechism produced, I was happy to find that many Psalms are utilized as proof texts. The one Psalm used most often, isn’t as one may expect, the 23rd Psalm, which we all know and love.  Instead it is Psalm 130, which we heard a few minutes ago.

Written by King David, Psalm 130 used six times in the Catechism is a Psalm of confession and forgiveness and connects David not only to and with us today, but connects us to a simple truth that the “Psalms Connect us with Jesus”.  So clear is the connection that Psalm 130 can be found referred to when we confess the Apostle’s Creed and pray the Lord’s Prayer.

Our creedal confession and prayer is of God’s love for us through the forgiveness of sins by what Jesus Christ fulfilled on the Cross of Calvary for us and all of mankind.  This is why we weekly confess our faith in God’s love of us with our Creeds and ask God to ‘forgive us as we forgive others’ in the Lord’s Prayer. Yet since we live in this world it is at times hard to forgive, because our relationship has been broken, both with God and with our fellow brothers and sisters in the church and our world.

Yet, our Psalm this morning has more layers.  David speaks to us today from his own experience of his broken relationship with God and with his fellow man.  And for us today when we confess our shortcomings and ‘confess our sin’ we can receive the forgiveness from God and one another that we don’t deserve.  God offers this freely out of His love for us and we can confess and share forgiveness with one another. Not only because of the love of God, but clearly because the “Psalms connect us with Jesus” and we then can see Jesus in each other through the beauty of the Psalms given to us.

The “Psalms connect us with Jesus” and remind and model for us today a reality our world cannot understand, that Jesus freely gives us in the forgiveness of sins, life and salvation.  This is why the Psalms from King David like Psalm 130 hold high the banner of forgiveness and can lift us from the depths of despair we feel to the glory we are freely given by Jesus love of us and and all of mankind.

May each of us today and every day when we worship or read and pray the Psalms, see and connect all Psalms with the promise from God where He demonstrated His love and forgiveness of us and all mankind  by forgiving each other with our new found belief that all “Psalms connect us with Jesus”!  AMEN.