Monday, August 31, 2015

What Is Good

CALL TO PRAYER
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.
—Matthew 5:6
PSALM
O who can fully praise the Lord,
or count his deeds of might?
How blessed are they who justice keep,
and always do what's right.
—Psalm 106:2-3
Suggested tune (Paris):
TEXT OF THE DAY
He has told you, O mortal, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?
—Micah 6:8
FOOD FOR THOUGHT

It is mentioned in Scripture, not only as a duty, but a great duty. Indeed it is generally acknowledged to be a duty to be kind to the needy. But by many it seems not to be looked upon as a duty of great importance. However, it is mentioned in Scripture as one of the greater and more essential duties of religion: He has told you, O mortal, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God? [Mic. 6:8] Here to love mercy is mentioned as one of the three great things that are the sum of all religion. So it is mentioned by the apostle James, as one of the two things wherein pure and undefiled religion consists: Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to care for orphans and widows in their distress, and to keep oneself unstained by the world. [Jas. 1:27]
—Jonathan Edwards
MORNING PRAYER
O Lord Jesus Christ, who didst bid thy disciples to shine as lights in a dark world, in shame and contrition of heart do I acknowledge before thee the many faults and weaknesses of which we are guilty who in this generation represent thy church before the world; and especially do I acknowledge my own part in the same. Forgive me, I beseech thee, the feebleness of my witness, the smallness of my charity, and the slackness of my zeal. Make me to be a more worthy follower of him who cared for the poor and the oppressed, and who could never see disease without seeking to heal it or any kind of human need without turning aside to help.
Let thy power, O Christ be in us all, to share the world's suffering and redress its wrong. Amen.
—John Baillie

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