Tuesday, September 15, 2015

A Resurrection of Names

CALL TO PRAYER
But as for you, continue in what you have learned and firmly believed, knowing from whom you learned it.
—2 Timothy 3:14
PSALM
But you, O sovereign Lord, deal well
for your Name's sake with me.
Out of the goodness of your love,
from trouble set me free.

—Psalm 109:21
Suggested tune (Cheshire):
TEXT OF THE DAY
The Lord, your God, is in your midst, a warrior who gives victory; he will rejoice over you with gladness, he will renew you in his love; he will exult over you with loud singing as on a day of festival. I will remove disaster from you, so that you will not bear reproach for it. I will deal with all your oppressors at that time.
—Zephaniah 3:17-19a
FOOD FOR THOUGHT
All God's children were despised in their time, and yet afterwards were honored. There is a resurrection of names as well as persons. Abraham gave Isaac his son to God in sacrifice, and received him again; so we receive our names from reproach and contempt. He that draws light out of darkness is able to revive our credit and esteem—if not in this world, yet in the world to come we shall be glorious, though our condition be ever so contemptible here: Our reward is not in this life.
—Thomas Manton
MORNING PRAYER
I bless you, O Lord, because you daily bear my burdens and load me with benefits. You are the God of my salvation; make my mountain stand strong. Amen.
—F.B. Meyer

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