In the Day of Trouble I Seek the Lord
To the choirmaster: according to Jeduthun. A Psalm of Asaph.
I cry aloud to God,
aloud to God, and he will hear me.
In the day of my trouble I seek the Lord;
in the night my hand is stretched out without wearying;
my soul refuses to be comforted.
When I remember God, I moan;
when I meditate, my spirit faints. Selah
You hold my eyelids open;
I am so troubled that I cannot speak.
I consider the days of old,
the years long ago.
I said, “Let me remember my song in the night;
let me meditate in my heart.”
Then my spirit made a diligent search:
“Will the Lord spurn forever,
and never again be favorable?
Has his steadfast love forever ceased?
Are his promises at an end for all time?
Has God forgotten to be gracious?
Has he in anger shut up his compassion?” Selah
Then I said, “I will appeal to this,
to the years of the right hand of the Most High.”
I will remember the deeds of the Lord;
yes, I will remember your wonders of old.
I will ponder all your work,
and meditate on your mighty deeds.
Your way, O God, is holy.
What god is great like our God?
You are the God who works wonders;
you have made known your might among the peoples.
You with your arm redeemed your people,
the children of Jacob and Joseph. Selah
When the waters saw you, O God,
when the waters saw you, they were afraid;
indeed, the deep trembled.
The clouds poured out water;
the skies gave forth thunder;
your arrows flashed on every side.
The crash of your thunder was in the whirlwind;
your lightnings lighted up the world;
the earth trembled and shook.
Your way was through the sea,
your path through the great waters;
yet your footprints were unseen.
You led your people like a flock
by the hand of Moses and Aaron.
“In Thine arms I rest me; Foes who would molest me Cannot reach me here.
Though the earth be shaking, Ev’ry heart be quaking, Jesus calms my fear.
Lightnings flash and thunders crash; Yet, though sin and hell assail me, Jesus will not fail me.”
(Lutheran Service Book, #743, st.2).
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On this day when Christ’s body lay in the tomb, He entered into hell itself in triumph. Medieval woodcuts show Him kicking down hell’s gates, pinning the ancient dragon under them, and grasping hold of naked Eve and Adam. At the Easter Vigil tonight, three will be baptized and the rest of us will renew our Baptism. We will renounce the forces of evil, the devil, and all his empty promises. We will confess our trust in one true God – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit – and be assured that no matter how hell rages around and in us, there is no place that our Lord Jesus Christ is not with us as the Lord over sin, death, and evil. And so, we pray with Him to His Father, “For Thine is the Kingdom, and the Power, and the Glory, forever and ever!”
- When has the old liar whispered in your ear that God doesn’t care about you?
- Will you worship at the Easter Vigil at 6 p.m. today and tell Satan to go to hell?
Prayer for Holy Saturday:
Almighty and ever-living God, Your only Son descended to the dead and rose again in glory: In your goodness raise up Your faithful people, buried with Him in Baptism, to be one with Him in the eternal life of heaven, where He lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
Place 46 pennies, nickels, or dimes in a bowl to provide farm animals for the global poor.
Pastor Samuel D. Zumwalt, STS
St. Matthew’s Evangelical Lutheran Church
Wilmington, North Carolina
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