Thursday, September 10, 2015

Waters of Life

CALL TO PRAYER
I, the Lord, have rebuilt the ruined places, and replanted that which was desolate; I, the Lord, have spoken, and I will do it. Thus says the Lord God: I will also let the house of Israel ask me to do this for them: to increase their population like a flock.
—Ezekiel 36:36b-37
PSALM
And those who hungry were, a place
for them to dwell he gives,
so that they may a city find
where people then can live.
There they sow fields and vineyards plant;
rich harvests there they grow.
His blessing makes them multiply;
their herds no decrease know.

—Psalm 107:36-38
Suggested tune (New Jerusalem):
TEXT OF THE DAY
So those who welcomed his message were baptized, and that day about three thousand persons were added.
—Acts 2:41
FOOD FOR THOUGHT
Faith is gladly receiving the gospel: So those who welcomed his message were baptized, and that day about three thousand persons were added [Acts 2:41]. It is approving the gospel: But by refusing to be baptized by him, the Pharisees and the lawyers rejected God’s purpose for themselves. Nevertheless, wisdom is vindicated by all her children [Luke 7:30, 35]. It is obeying the doctrine: But thanks be to God that you, having once been slaves of sin, have become obedient from the heart to the form of teaching to which you were entrusted [Rom 6:17]. It is what may be well understood by those expressions of coming to Christ, of looking to him, of opening the door to let him in. This is very evident by Scripture. It is a coming and taking the waters of life, eating and drinking Christ's flesh and blood, hearing Christ's voice and following him: But you do not believe, because you do not belong to my sheep. My sheep hear my voice. I know them, and they follow me [John 10:26-27].
—Jonathan Edwards
MORNING PRAYER
My faith looks up to thee,
thou Lamb of Calvary, Savior divine!
Now hear me while I pray, take all my guilt away,
O let me from this day be wholly thine!

May thy rich grace impart
strength to my fainting heart, my zeal inspire!
As thou hast died for me, O may my love to thee,
pure warm, and changeless be, a living fire! Amen.
—Ray Palmer

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