Sunday, October 18, 2015

The Foundation Stands Sure

Speak or think these words until God is at the center of your mind.
The stone that the builders rejected has become the chief cornerstone. This is the Lord’s doing; it is marvelous in our eyes
—Psalm 118:22-23
Therefore, this is what the Sovereign Lord says: “Look! I am placing a foundation stone in Jerusalem, a firm and tested stone. It is a precious cornerstone that is safe to build on. Whoever believes need never be shaken
—Isaiah 28:16 (NLT)
Jesus Christ is the foundation laid for everyone's security against every tempest or assault. The context of the Isaiah text has portrayed the coming of a tremendous storm and inundation, in view of which this foundation is laid. The building reared on it then is, therefore, to be a refuge, a place of safety. Have not we all of us, like the scornful folk of ages past, built our refuges on vain hopes, on creaturely affections, on earthly possessions, on this, that, and the other false thing, all of which are to be swept away when the storm comes? And does there not come upon us all the blast of the ordinary calamities to which flesh is heir? When the hail sweeps away the refuge of lies, and the waters overflow the hiding-place, this foundation stands sure. The one foundation on which building, we can build secure, and safe as well as secure, is that foundation which is laid in the incarnation, death, resurrection, and ascension of the Son of God. The foundation of all our security is Jesus Christ.

—Alexander Maclaren
Let this prayer help guide the personal prayers that follow.
O Lord, make me have perpetual love and reverence for your holy Name, for you never fail to help and govern those whom you have set upon the sure foundation of your loving-kindness; through Jesus Christ...
(Spoken aloud or silently)
Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy Name. Thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil; for thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory forever. Amen.

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