Daily Lectionary: 2 Kings 4:48-5:8; Ephesians 6:1-24
Make haste, O God, to deliver me! Make haste to help me, O LORD! (Psalm 70:1 from the Introit for Trinity 12)
In the Name + of Jesus. Amen. Hurry up! We love fast. We want things now. “No waiting on this register!” When the line is long for the roller coaster or there’s not a checkout lane with less than three full carts, we get impatient! The psalmist cries out for God to “make haste”! Hurry up, Lord! But we NEED the Lord to hurry. Oh, we may not like it, but a long wait to order a cheeseburger is not the end of the world. On the other hand, our enemies—the devil, the world, and our sinful flesh—are always against us. We need help against them right away!
Before you even asked, before you even knew, before you were even born, Christ came and answered the psalmist’s prayer. He subjected Himself to the cruelty and suffering of evil men, even giving up His Father’s help for your sake. For your sake He endured the hours of agony on Calvary to rescue you from sin and death.
Make haste to help me, O Lord! That’s the prayer we pray when we sing Matins and Vespers. And while it may not be the opening versicles of the Divine Service, nevertheless it’s a prayer that is answered again tomorrow. We may want church to be over faster than it is, but consider the haste with which the Lord moves things right along tomorrow. He’ll start by reminding you of your baptismal name, absolving your sins, filling your ears with His Word and preaching and then feeding you Christ’s Body and Blood. All within in an hour or so!
That’s haste. That’s salvation delivered from a God who doesn’t wait around, but comes to save you and makes sure you have His saving gifts In the Name + of Jesus. Amen.
My God desires the soul’s salvation; My soul He, too, desires to save. Therefore with Christian resignation All earthly troubles will I brave. His will be done eternally: What pleases God, that pleases me. (I Leave All Things to God’s Direction, LSB 719:3)