Saturday of the 11th Week after Trinity

Daily Lectionary: 1 Kings 18:20-40; Ephesians 2:1-22

But I am poor and needy; Make haste to me, O God! (Psalm 70:5 from the Introit for Trinity 12)

In the Name + of Jesus. Amen. "Poor and needy" doesn't mean you have no money and you need to grab a meal at the local soup kitchen. The Lord promises our daily bread. His making haste to come and help us is way more than to give us something to eat!

To be poor and needy in God's sight is to have nothing with which you can defend yourself from your enemies: sin, death and the devil. To be poor and needy is to have no way to earn a place at the Lord's heavenly feast. To be poor and needy is to be a sinner who cannot save himself or herself.

Therefore, we pray for God to come quickly! Make haste! Hurry up! That's probably not far off from what we are thinking during church on Sunday. "Hurry up! Is it over yet?" Repent of that, but also pay attention to how the Lord gets right down to business.

When we enter the Lord's house, there's no dawdling. The service starts with your Baptism and the sign of the cross. It goes right to confession and Absolution, which is delivered without delay--right to the main prayer of the day and the readings. What gifts does the Lord have? The gifts delivered in the sermon: Jesus is crucified and risen for you. Your sins are wiped away. These riches are yours in Jesus! Then there is calling upon the Lord in prayer and then the feast, prepared by the Lord Himself. From one thing to another straightaway. No pauses. No rambling. Just a constant flow of Jesus from start to finish. That's haste! That's the Lord not messing around but getting right to work for His people, delivering to them what He won for them, for YOU, on the cross. No hitches. No delays. All haste.

Poor and needy, yes. But the Lord doesn't wait to make you rich and full of His saving gifts! In the Name + of Jesus. Amen.

Lord Jesus Christ, be present now; Our hearts in true devotion bow. Your Spirit send with light divine, And let Your truth within us shine. (Lord Jesus Christ, Be Present Now, LSB 902:1)

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