August 9, 2022     2:46 pm
201. Week of First Sunday after Trinity - Thursday
You shall have no other gods before me.
          You shall have no other gods before me.   Exodus 20:3
          This is God's First Commandment. God forbids us to have other gods besides Him . There are no other gods besides God, it is true; but if we fear, love, and trust in any creature (created thing) in heaven or in earth more than in God, then with a madly sinful heart we make a god, an idol, of such a creature, and commit idolatry. How enormously sinful the world is! Since the Fall it is, on the one hand, steeped in gross idolatry and worships images, the concoctions of its own impure thoughts, and Satan knows that in reality it is he that is worshiped; and on the other hand, it is steeped in fine idolatry, if such a thing may be called fine, inasmuch as it exalts itself above God, and serves its own belly, and fears things created, loves things created, trusts in things created. We must know God aright, and fear, love, and trust in Him above all things. And the fear of God must keep us aloof from every wicked thing that is opposed to God; the love of God must make us zealous to every good thing desired by God; the trust in God which we should have must make us bold and glad to run into the outstretched arms of God. Alas, while it is true that in us who have learned to know Christ and God in Christ such new life is budding, planted, and nursed by God, - how sinful we are nevertheless! How frail is our fear of God, our love of God, our trust in God! How wild that hateful idolatry still grows in our mortal body! "O wretched man that I am! Who shall deliver me from the body of this death? I thank God through Jesus Christ, our Lord." In Christ we have the forgiveness of sins and that righteousness which God imputes to us for Christ's sake, the righteousness wherein we can stand before God. He also gives us His Holy Spirit, and He renews us. And so, while sin still cleaves to us heavily, yet with a freed spirit we serve God, fear Him, love Him, trust in Him.
          PRAYER: - O my God, I am a poor, miserable sinner. I am devoid of the fear, love, and trust in You which I should have. Forgive me my sins, impute to me the righteousness of my Saviour. You surely do so. Your Word assures me of it. And behold, You have given me Your Holy Spirit, who begins the new and right life within me. Let Him abide with me, O God! And on the day of resurrection let me awake from the sleep of death with Your likeness, in perfect holiness, for Jesus Christ's sake. Amen

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