August 15, 2022     8:00 am
354. Week of Twenty Third Sunday after Trinity - Wednesday
The Lord laughs at the wicked person, for his day is coming
          The wicked plots against the just, and gnashes upon him with his teeth. And the Lord shall laugh at him; for He sees that his day is coming.   Psalms 37:12,13
          The righteous man who walks in the ways of the Lord, who avoids evil and reproves it, is a thorn in the flesh to the wicked, as smoke to his eyes, and a sting in his conscience. And the wicked plots against the just, and gnashes upon him with his teeth, and draws out his sword and bends his bow, to cast down the poor and needy, and to slay such as are of upright behaviour, and watches the righteous, and seeks to slay him. But the Lord, who rules all things, shall laugh at him, for He sees that the wicked is as nothing; He sees that his day is coming, the day of his downfall. Woe to him at whom the Lord laughs thus! The sword which he drew out against the just shall enter into his own heart, and his bow shall be broken. Therefore, O child of God, do not be afraid of the terror of the wicked, neither be troubled. Wait on the Lord; and keep His way; depart from evil, and do good, and you shall dwell forevermore, and the Lord shall exalt you when His time comes, and it shall be well with you. For the Lord loves judgment, and does not forsake His saints; they are preserved forever. The righteous shall inherit the land, and dwell in it forever. But the descendants of the wicked shall be cut off. When the wicked are cut off, you shall see it. How often one sees this even now! David says: "I have seen the wicked in great power, and spreading himself like a green bay tree. Yet he passed away, and, lo! he was not: yes, I sought him, but he could not be found." (vv. 35,36) Yes, the wicked plots against the just. But the Lord will not leave him in his hand. The Lord will not condemn the just when the wicked judges him. Fear not!
          PRAYER: - Lord, my God, I have You on my side. Why should I fear the plotting of the wicked? But help me to abide with You and to keep Your way. Then You will keep me safely and let me abide forever, when the wicked and Your enemies perish. Let me be Yours forever through Jesus Christ! Amen

Third Part : The Christian's Life and Death
August 15, 2022     8:00 am