Saturday, March 05, 2016

A Place of Safety

CALL TO PRAYER
 Repeat and or meditate on this verse until your thoughts are centered on God.
I sought the Lord, he answered me,
and from my fears he set me free.
Since it's God's light that shines in me,
ashamed I need not ever be.
 —Psalm 34:4-5 (LM)
SCRIPTURE OF THE DAY
Look! I am laying in Zion a foundation stone, firm and tested, a precious cornerstone, sure foundation: Those who trust need never be shaken.
—Isaiah 28:16
FOOD FOR THOUGHT

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 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
TODAY'S PRAYER
You are my sure foundation, O Christ; you are the cornerstone which gives my life meaning and identity. Make your presence known to me this day, that all that I say and do be done in you and with you...

YOUR OWN PRAYERS
 Allow the above to help guide your own confession, praise, thanksgiving, and/or petition.

THE LORD'S PRAYER
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.
 —Matthew 6:9-13

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