Psalm 148: 11-13
… kings of the earth and all nations,
you princes and all rulers on earth,
12 young men and maidens,
old men and children.
13 Let them praise the name of the LORD,
for his name alone is exalted;
his splendor is above the earth and the heavens.
Psalm 148 is a Psalm of praise as it sings throughout, “Praise the Lord,” (no less than 8 times in this Psalm). From the beginning God made all things and we know that nothing exists except that God made it. The wonders of the earth and of the entire universe (of which we have no idea how expansive it is) are beyond all imagination and scientific knowledge. We praise the inventors of significant things and especially things of healing. But God takes it all as he has created all things out of nothing and has given all things to man.
There is no generation gap. There is no bridge between the wealthy and the poor. All have received the wonders of creation and all are freely given the greatest gift, an eternity in heaven through the love of Jesus Christ. If there is water there, it is not yours until you take it in faith that it is water and the good it brings to you. There is salvation there, from the cross. It is just like the water, there for the taking for each one who knows and trusts what it has already brought, the forgiveness of sins and life eternal.
Each one may sing a different set of notes and rhythms but the message is the same, “Praise the Lord,” for there is no one or any thing as he is, has been, and forever will be.
Prayer: O Lord, grant to Your faithful people pardon and peace that they may be cleansed from all their sins and serve You with a quiet mind; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.
(Collect for Trinity 20 from Lutheran Service Book, ©2006, Concordia Publishing House)
(Devotion by Pastor Richard Mau of Immanuel Lutheran Church, Des Plaines, IL)
Readings for this week include:
Psalm 148 Isaiah 25:6-9 Ephesians5:15-21 Mathew 22:1-14
This Weekend @ Immanuel
- Men’s Bible Study: 9 AM in Faith Hall
- Divine Service @ 8 & 10:30 AM
- Sunday School & Bible Studies: 9:15 AM
Service Theme: Time to Vote
Immanuel’s prayer list.
*For those who are ill and recovering
*Comfort to Elsie Wille and her family at Wilfred’s earthly passing to eternity with our Lord. Thanksgiving for the gift of faith and the final reward in heaven. A private service and interment are planned.
*Thanksgiving for the faithful pastors who have served Immanuel during its 139+ years, for Pastor Mau and Pastor Davison in our presence today.
*For the various boards carrying out the ministries at Immanuel, strengthening each other in faith and proclaiming the Gospel of Jesus into the neighborhoods surrounding Immanuel. Jesus’ promise in Matthew 24:14, “And this gospel of the kingdom will be proclaimed throughout the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.”
*For many to join Bible Study groups to grow in faith and knowledge in God’s word, and to strengthen each other in the bonds of Christian fellowship.
*For Immanuel’s children and youth to be confident and active witness of saving faith with classmates, fellow team members, family and others they meet.
*For political campaigns to be held in truthfulness and to be informative for the populace to conscientiously elect public servants who will lead with compassion for the needs of all people, speak for those who cannot speak for themselves, and provide for the defense and welfare of all.
*For those seeking work to find employment and appropriate wages. For employers to find faithful workers to fill their positions. Thanksgiving for the work that so many are given.
*For New Starts New Believers work throughout the Northern Illinois District that encourages and supports established congregations and new missions alike in new and renewed ministries to bring the Gospel of Jesus to those who have yet to hear and believe.
*For the LWML and this month’s mission offerings that carry the Gospel to hearers throughout the world.
*For someone to cross your path this week to invite to come and hear God’s love that drives out all fear.
*As we continue daily readings of the new church starts in Acts, that each one can internalize and implement this fevered proclamation of the Gospel at Immanuel, in our community and throughout Christianity.
This Week in the Word
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