A Psalm of David.
I will extol you, O Lord, for you have drawn me up
and have not let my foes rejoice over me.
2 O Lord my God, I cried to you for help,
and you have healed me.
3 O Lord, you have brought up my soul from Sheol;
you restored me to life from among those who go down to the pit.
4 Sing praises to the Lord, O you his saints,
and give thanks to his holy name.
5 For his anger is but for a moment,
and his favor is for a lifetime.
Weeping may tarry for the night,
but joy comes with the morning.
6 As for me, I said in my prosperity,
“I shall never be moved.”
7 By your favor, O Lord,
you made my mountain stand strong;
you hid your face;
I was dismayed.
8 To you, O Lord, I cry,
and to the Lord I plead for mercy:
9 “What profit is there in my death,
if I go down to the pit?
Will the dust praise you?
Will it tell of your faithfulness?
10 Hear, O Lord, and be merciful to me!
O Lord, be my helper!”
11 You have turned for me my mourning into dancing;
you have loosed my sackcloth
and clothed me with gladness,
12 that my glory may sing your praise and not be silent.
O Lord my God, I will give thanks to you forever!
Luke 5: 27
After this he went out and saw a tax collector named Levi, sitting at the tax booth. And he said to him, “Follow me.” 28 And leaving everything, he rose and followed him.
29 And Levi made him a great feast in his house, and there was a large company of tax collectors and others reclining at table with them. 30 And the Pharisees and their scribes grumbled at his disciples, saying, “Why do you eat and drink with tax collectors and sinners?” 31 And Jesus answered them, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. 32 I have not come to call the righteous but sinners to repentance.”
Matthew was going Far.
You can tell. Matthew was taking the honor Jesus gave him and not touting himself. And really, the room to praise Matthew was somewhat contextual. If Jesus had been looking for accounting work or tax collecting. Even someone to shake down dollars for Rome, a party giver - then - Matthew would have received many words of praise. Jesus did take up for Matthew.
17 When Jesus heard it, he saith unto them, They that are whole have no need of the physician, but they that are sick: I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.
The glory of Matthew - was that in Matthew's Gospel in the 9th Chapter - you won't see Matthew tell of the Party that Luke told of!
And when they had entered, they went up to the upper room, where they were staying, Peter and John and James and Andrew, Philip and Thomas, Bartholomew and Matthew, James the son of Alphaeus and Simon the Zealot and Judas the son of James.
Historians and the early Church know Matthew went on to Preach Jesus, not much is know of Matthew later. Only the Gnostics say Matthew didn't give his life for Jesus. And heck, Gnostics don't know everything.
Father God, help us to center upon Jesus Christ. Be the Light of the Body of Christ, Your Church. Be the Light of Life, Jesus. Let your Light, Father, Shine before others, so that the world may see Your good works and give glory to You Father. We ask You, that in darkness, Your Love be the Light.
Lord, let us thirst for you. Let Your Living Water push us to eternal life. Let us be clean in Your name's sake! Let us rest each night, being gathered in Your arms as we sleep and renew.
Holy Spirit please be invited to know all our aspects and variations. With You as both Savior and Father - we are even more equipped to do our lives with the Joy the Gospels tell us of life! Jesus, please, center us and be the source of our Guidance. Baptize us with Your Holy Spirit. Knowing you to be the one we give our cares to, because You are Love. Help us bless each other as Truth guides us in You.
We have the amazing privilege calling on the Highest Name of Jesus, we pray. Amen.
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