Behold our shield, O God; look on the face of your anointed! For a day in your courts is better than a thousand elsewhere. I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God than dwell in the tents of wickedness. (Psalm 84:9-10 from the Introit for Trinity 14)
In the Name + of Jesus. Amen. The Psalmist once recorded, "Do not hide your face from me in the day of my distress! Incline your ear to me; answer me speedily in the day when I call!" Often times it can feel like God has hidden His face from us and has allowed us to go astray into the land of the wicked. We are attacked daily by the evil one and the forces which are in his command. We continually come face to face with sin, death, and the devil. What are we to do in these times of distress?
We are to call upon the name of the Lord, for He has inclined His glorious ears and hears our prayers and pleas for help. Indeed, He has heard and has attacked on our behalf. God the Father, sent us His shield, His Son Jesus Christ our Lord! He sent His Son to die the death of us all and to be raised that we, too, shall have everlasting life with the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit!
As we sin greatly each day, we are to call upon God in repentance and pray, praise, and give thanks that God the Father looks at His Anointed One, the Messiah on the cross, and finds us not guilty of our sins. This is full payment for sin! So we join in prayer with the Psalmist and pray that God would look at His Anointed Son, Jesus Christ, and by such grant us everlasting life through Him. In the Name + of Jesus. Amen.
Let all mortal flesh keep silence, And with fear and trembling stand; Ponder nothing earthly-minded, For with blessing in His hand, Christ our God to earth descending, Comes our homage to demand. (Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence, LSB 621:1)