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27 November 2011

Sermon: Advent 1B (Psalm)

27 November AD 2011

Sermon Theme: How Long, O God?

AnguishSummary: Instead of impatiently demanding that the Lord respond to our each and every demand, we must first realize that, as sinners, the only answer our prayers deserve is, literally, “Hell, no!” This helps us then to wait for the proper time for our loving God to act in the way that is best for us.

As we remain with eyes faithfully fixed on our Savior, we remember and rejoice in His patient endurance as He suffered and died for us. We recall His promise to be with us always. We celebrate His forgiveness and His never-ending advocacy on our behalf before the throne of the Father. Even when we falter in faith and fail in prayer, we know that Jesus’ prayers on our behalf are always heard and are quickly answered according to God’s love for His Son’s blood-bought people.

Text: Give ear, O Shepherd of Israel, you who lead Joseph like a flock. You who are enthroned upon the cherubim, shine forth. Before Ephraim and Benjamin and Manasseh, stir up your might and come to save us!

Restore us, O God; let your face shine, that we may be saved! O Lord God of hosts, how long will you be angry with your people’s prayers? You have fed them with the bread of tears and given them tears to drink in full measure. You make us an object of contention for our neighbors, and our enemies laugh among themselves.

Restore us, O God of hosts; let your face shine, that we may be saved!
Psalm 80:1-7

Scripture quoted from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®, © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

Audio: Click to hear the MP3 of How Long, O God?, preached to the saints of God at Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church, Fayette, Missouri.

Other Readings: Isaiah 64:1-9; 1 Corinthians 1:3-9; Mark 11:1-10

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