ASSIST us mercifully with thy help, O Lord God of our salvation; that we may enter with joy upon the meditation of those mighty acts, whereby thou hast given unto us life and immortality; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
On this Wednesday, we are on the verge of entering the pinnacle of Holy Week with services Thursday through Sunday. With this in mind, the wisdom of this prayer is that we ask for assistance, for the Lord’s help as we enter these days of meditations upon the mighty acts of God for our salvation. We need to be mindful of our propensity toward being stuck in the mundane to the point we lose our joy in our routines. This is especially important in the routine of worship. There is nothing mundane about entering these Holy Days in meditation upon the work of God. Yes, it may seem difficult in our sin nature to enter these services with joy, especially since these days focus on Christ’s suffering and death for our salvation. Entering with joy means that even when things are going badly around us, we are at peace from the heart in the joy of Christ. It means even in the midst of the storms of life, we will still gather to worship. It means even in the midst of the storms of life, God triumphs and we as His people will benefit eternally. Joy means that we know the outcome and we take part in remembering and thanking God for all it took to reach the outcome Jesus secured for us. As we enter these next few days, let us do so with joy, asking the Lord’s help to assist us. There will be temptations in these next few days externally in life that will try to push us off the rails from participating in the worship of God out of gratitude for Christ’s work. All of these temptations have the intent for us to be joyless in our spiritual disciplines. Instead, ask for His assistance over these days to enter with joy, regardless of what is occurring around us in our lives.