“Awake! Why are you sleeping, O Lord? Rouse yourself! Do not reject us forever! Why do you hide your face? Why do you forget our affliction and oppression?
For our soul is bowed down to the dust; our belly clings to the ground. Rise up; come to our help! Redeem us for the sake of your steadfast love! Psalm 44:23-26 (Introit for Sexagesima)
The Psalmist prays in earnest. His need is urgent. Affliction and oppression are at hand. The Psalmist is either near physical death or in some great trouble. Where is the Lord? Is He asleep? Has He forgotten His many, repeated redemptive promises?
We know that the true and living Lord of heaven and earth neither slumbers nor sleeps (Ps 121:4). We also know and believe that He has promised to keep us from all evil, to keep our life, and to guard our going out and our coming in (Ps 121:7-8).
In the midst of our struggle with sin, death, and the devil, our Lord is near to us in His Holy Word. The Word of God rises up and comes to our help when it is rightly taught and preached among us. Jesus Christ is the Word made flesh. He has redeemed us through His holy life, suffering and death, and His third day resurrection. Jesus is the incarnation of God’s steadfast love. His Word is true. The Word is our light in the midst of a sin-darkened world and our life even when we are near death.
Remain in the Word.
Rev. Stephen W. Kieser, headmaster
Faith Lutheran School