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02 February 2013

Sermon: Epiphany 4C (Psalm)

Saturday 2 February AD 2013

Title: Fortress Jesus (MP3 Audio)

Carl Heinrich Bloch: Gethsemane
Summary: The early Christians knew what they were doing when they kept the Psalter and made the Psalms integral parts of the Church’s corporate songs and prayers.

When we read the Psalms, we read our story as we trek through this life toward everlasting life. When we read the Psalms, we also read Jesus’ story as He trekked through life toward betrayal, suffering, and death. Psalm 71 is one of those places where the Psalmist, the saints, and the Savior certainly share in the song.

Here, we join with the Psalmist in confessing our need for protection from wickedness without as well as the sin within. We need the Lord our Rock and our Fortress as defense from Devil, world, and our own sinful natures.

Jesus chimes in as the One whose rescue from death was denied that He might instead rescue us. He was the portent that terrified demons and deluded religious leaders alike. His praise was perfect yet the Father forsook Him so that He would never need to forsake us.

Text: In you, O Lord, do I take refuge; let me never be put to shame!

Mountaintop Fortress
In your righteousness deliver me and rescue me; incline your ear to me, and save me! Be to me a rock of refuge, to which I may continually come; you have given the command to save me, for you are my rock and my fortress.

Rescue me, O my God, from the hand of the wicked, from the grasp of the unjust and cruel man. For you, O Lord, are my hope, my trust, O Lord, from my youth. Upon you I have leaned from before my birth; you are he who took me from my mother’s womb.

My praise is continually of you. I have been as a portent to many, but you are my strong refuge. My mouth is filled with your praise, and with your glory all the day.

Do not cast me off in the time of old age; forsake me not when my strength is spent. For my enemies speak concerning me; those who watch for my life consult together and say, “God has forsaken him; pursue and seize him, for there is none to deliver him.” Psalm 71:1-11

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 Fortress Jesus, preached to the saints of God at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, Marshall, Missouri.

NB: For some reason, a few people have had problems trying to play the inline audio if Windows Media is their default MP3 player. If this occurs, you can either change to QuickTime or another default browser player, copy and paste the link directly into a selected player, or download it to your computer, where it seems to work regardless of which player. Several folks have suggested VLC Player from VideoLAN.

Other Readings: Jeremiah 1:4-10 (17-19); 1 Corinthians 12:31b-13:13; Luke 4:31-44

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