Adam was created to work the ground and keep the Garden. Though his fall brought a curse upon the ground and labor, we still benefit from our work and labor. Understanding Adam’s purpose of working and keeping the garden assists us in how we view and carry out our labors.
Psalm 2 is the psalm of the week for Trinity XVII. Why do the nations rage and the peoples plot a vain thing? Why do they want to dethrone the Lord’s anointed? How does the Lord view all of this? How should we respond?
The 146th psalm is a psalm of praise. But what are we to praise the Lord for? His everlasting kingdom and reign are here contrasted with the kingdoms of man that rise and fall. By praying this psalm, our faith, hope, and love are centered in the Lord’s kingdoms and not man’s.
The Spirit of power gives the ministers of Christ and His church the power to fulfill their ministry. Following the example of Paul we see this power at work in discipline, preaching, and perseverance.