160410 Psalm 67:1-7

Last Updated on Monday, 11 April 2016 Written by Pastor Schmidt

Sermon Text: Psalm 67:1-7
Sermon Theme: Pray That Many More Know The Risen Savior!

I would like you to think about what you include in your prayers on a regular basis. Perhaps you spend a lot of time in prayer for yourself, for a member or members of your family, or for a friend or neighbor. Lately, maybe you have prayed for our nation and those who are either in leadership positions already or who are seeking to become leaders of our country. But, how often do you pray a specific prayer that more and more folks come to know Jesus; that more and more people are led by God the Holy Spirit to believe in our risen Lord as their one and only Savior? The encouragement that you and I receive from Psalm 67 today is to do just that. PRAY THAT MANY MORE KNOW THE RISEN SAVIOR! Listen now as I read for us God's Word as recorded in Psalm 67:

May God be gracious to us and bless us and make his face shine upon us, that your ways may be known on earth, your salvation among all nations. May the peoples praise you, O God; may all the peoples praise you. May the nations be glad and sing for joy, for you rule the peoples justly and guide the nations of the earth. May the peoples praise you, O God; may all the peoples praise you. Then the land will yield its harvest, and God, our God, will bless us. God will bless us, and all the ends of the earth will fear him.

This is the Word of the Lord.

Did the opening verse of this Psalm sound somewhat familiar to you? As the Children of Israel traveled from Egypt to the Promise Land, the Lord instructed Moses and Aaron to speak a special blessing on his chosen people. At the conclusion of many of our worship services, we speak the same blessing when we say: "The Lord bless you and keep you. The Lord make his face shine upon you and be gracious to you. The Lord look on you with favor and give you peace."

What do God's people pray will be the result of him showing them his favor, his grace and blessing? Verse two says, "That your ways may be known on earth, your salvation among all nations." As a loving Savior-God is good and gracious to his people, they in turn desire to share his Word with all people. God's people have the Good News of the Lord's favor and blessing through the risen Savior, and don't want to keep that Good News to themselves. Rather, they desire to share it with as many people as possible. All of God's chosen people raise their voices in joy, giving their Savior-God the praise and worship he alone deserves. And they desire to have many more join them in the choir singing God's praises. As the Psalmists writes, "May the peoples praise you, O God; may all the peoples praise you. May the nations be glad and sing for joy, for you rule the peoples justly and guide the nations of the earth. May the peoples praise you, O God; may all the peoples praise you."

My dear friends in Christ, is the prayer of this Psalm your personal prayer? Will you pray that many more know the risen Savior? Are you happy that the discussions we are having about the future of our congregation are all center around the thought: how might we be able to share the Word of God and the Good News about Jesus with more and more people in the Oconomowoc area who do not yet know him as their risen Savior? Are you comfortable with the saying: "Outreach can be messy!" Or, does the idea of having more people join our congregation make you feel somewhat uneasy? How do you feel about the financial support we as a congregation give to our Wisconsin Synod (just slightly over $100,000 this year), so others are able to go out with the Good News of Jesus to places that you and I aren't able to go ourselves? Is it too much? Perhaps you think it is not enough, and that we could do more. Each of us needs to search our own hearts for our own answers to these questions. But, as you consider your answer, remember the words of our Savior's Great Commission when he told you and me "to go and make disciples of all nations." The Lord of the Church has given to you and me his Word to share. Certainly you and I pray that the Lord will bless our efforts to share his Word both here in our own backyard and around the world through the efforts of our Synod. Certainly, it is your prayer and mine that many more might join in that massive choir of all believers, singing the praises of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Certainly, you and I pray that many more know the risen Savior!

The Bible tells us in James, chapter one, that those who pray should have confidence that their prayers are heard. Later in that same letter, God's Word says that our prayers are powerful and effective. Jesus himself, in speaking about the power of our prayers says, "I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Son may bring glory to the Father." As you and I pray our prayers in Jesus name, that is trusting in him as our one and only Savior, guided by his Word, you and I can have confidence that each one of those prayers is heard and answered. So, as you and I pray that many more know the risen Savior, we have confidence that those prayers are heard by the almighty Lord and that he will answer that prayer for the benefit of his Church.

How does the Lord of the Church say he will answer our prayer that many more know the risen Savior? Here in Psalm 67 we read this, "Then the land will yield its harvest, and God, our God, will bless us. God will bless us, and all the ends of the earth will fear him." God's people joyfully praise their Lord by telling others of all that he has done for them through the world's one and only Savior, Jesus Christ. As we do, the Lord promises you and me that the earth will yield a rich harvest; a rich harvest not of corn or of beans out of the ground, but of souls for eternal life along with the risen Savior in heaven.

Someone once said, "The truth about God is our personal property, it is not our private property." By the grace of God, you and I know the Good News of Jesus, our risen Savior. You and I know that we have been rescued from sin, death and the power of the devil, because Jesus Christ paid in full the price demanded for your sins, for my sins and for the sins of the whole world. The prefect life, the death and the resurrection of our Savior is our personal guarantee that you and I are forgiven and will be included in the harvest to eternal life.

But this Good News is not our private property to keep to ourselves. Rather, you and I go out with this Good News, and joyfully share it with others. As we do, you and I can have confidence that the Lord will bless our efforts. In his own time, in his own way, and according to his will, the Lord promises to bless all our faithful efforts. What our Lord asks of you and me is to go out and share his Word; to tell others about his grace, convinced that he will take care of the rest. As you and I pray that many more know the risen Savior, we do so confident of the Lord's answer to our prayer.

Prayer is one of our gracious God's many gifts to us. You and I are thankful that we have the privilege and the opportunity to approach the very throne of the almighty, one true God himself confident that, as our loving Savior-God, he hears and answers each and every one of those prayers. As you continue to offer your prayers in Jesus name, pray that many more know the risen Savior! Amen.

 

 

Our Mission Statement:

Compelled by the love of Christ, St. Matthew’s Evangelical Lutheran Church and School seek to reach out to our families, community and world, using Law and Gospel to make disciples, growing and nurturing them in their Christian faith and life.

 

Worship Schedule

Sunday
8:00 A.M. & 10:30 A.M.

9:15 A.M. Bible Study for All Ages

Monday at 7:00 P.M.

Television Broadcast
Thursday at Noon & 7:00 P.M.
Sunday at 10:00 A.M.
on Charter Cable Station 985 or on-line

 

St. Matthew's Lutheran Church
818 West Wisconsin Avenue
Oconomowoc, WI 53066
262-912-6060

Map

 

 

 
© 2012. St. Matthew's Lutheran Church • Privacy Notice
Powered by Joomla 1.7 Templates