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Pastor’s Message

 

 

 

 

“The angel of the Lord encamps around those who fear him, and delivers them.”  Psalm 34:7

 

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

            I just read the verse above as part of the Portals of Prayer devotion for September 29th which is the day set aside for St. Michael and all angels.  Since it is St. Michael and All Angels Day when I am writing this, I thought we would take a moment to consider these messengers of the Lord who do His bidding.  Like most everything God has made, we can love them too much and not love them enough.  In Romans 1:25, Paul warns about “worshipping and serving the creature rather than the Creator.”  Angels are creatures of God who worship Him constantly and whom He sends to do His bidding.  When John worships one that the Lord sent to him in Revelation 19, he is sternly rebuked for it.  One extreme is being obsessed with angels so that we turn them into an idol, but the other extreme is not loving them enough.  If we totally ignore God’s Word about His messengers imagining that they don’t really exist or don’t have anything to do with me, we miss out on some great comfort God offers to us in His Holy Word.  Read again the passage above—Psalm 34:7.

            How often do you think of the Lord and his angels/messengers encamping around you?  This is just metaphor, right?!  Not so fast!  Sometimes when we have passages like this the Lord gives us a literal fulfilment of it so that we truly believe His words and promises to us.  For example, in Isaiah 43, He says, “When you walk through fire, you shall not be burned, the flame shall not consume you.”  Consider those words and then go and read Daniel chapter 3 where three men are throne into a fiery furnace, but the angel of the Lord delivers them and the four of them walk around in the fire and then come out without singed clothing or even smelling of smoke.  Psalm 34:7 has something similar.  Read 2 Kings 6:8-23.  In this account, the king of Syria sends an army to seize and capture the Lord’s prophet, Elisha.  Elisha’s servant rises early in the morning and goes out to discover that they are surrounded by the horses and chariots of their enemy.  He says, “Alas, my master!  What shall we do?”  To this, Elisha replies, “Do not be afraid, for those who are with us are more than those who are with them.”  Then, Elisha prays that the Lord open his servant’s eyes so that he can see.  The Lord opens his eyes and he sees that the mountains around them are full of the Lord’s chariots and horses of fire.  I’ll let you read the rest of the account, but the Lord delivers Elisha and his servant and even their enemies as well. 

            It would sure be nice in the scary moments of our life to get a glimpse of the Lord’s messengers surrounding us, but we have the Lord’s promise that they do!  I am grateful for this reminder on St. Michael and All Angels Day.  The Lord and His hosts are encamped around you that whatever you face in life or in death, He will deliver you.  Those who are with us are more (and are greater!) than anything that can oppose us!  Cherish this!  Rejoice in the Lord’s angel messengers who guard you in all your ways.  In closing I would invite you to pray the last line of Luther’s morning prayer, “Let your holy angel be with me, that the evil foe may have no power over me.  Amen.” 

 

In Christ,

Pastor Liebich