Proper 21 (26) (September 29, 2013)

Jeremiah 32:1-3, 6-15; Psalm 91:1-6, 14-16; 1 Timothy 6:6-19; Luke 16:19-31

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We have one of these framed, with our family name stitched on it hanging in our hall. It was given to us by a dear friend and Wesleyan Navy Chaplain.

Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High
    will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.[a]
2 I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress,
    my God, in whom I trust.”

3 Surely he will save you
    from the fowler’s snare
    and from the deadly pestilence.
4 He will cover you with his feathers,
    and under his wings you will find refuge;
    his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.
5 You will not fear the terror of night,
    nor the arrow that flies by day,
6 nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness,
    nor the plague that destroys at midday.

14 “Because he[a] loves me,” says the Lord, “I will rescue him;
    I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name.
15 He will call on me, and I will answer him;
    I will be with him in trouble,
    I will deliver him and honor him.
16 With long life I will satisfy him
    and show him my salvation.”

Psalm 91 is considered to be the Soldiers psalm.  If you look at the full text, you will see that much of it applies to warriors of many stripes.  It is one of my favorite psalms to go to when times get tough or I need some comfort. I know that it is one of Pam’s favorites as well.  In just a few weeks we are planning on a Veterans Day Celebration and I think we are planning on having this read as the call to worship.  This is a great psalm of worship and comfort in a time of trouble.

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