Thursday, April 14, 2016

Salvation Is of the Lord

Repeat and or meditate on this verse until your thoughts are centered on God.
The heavens and the earth are yours;
you founded everything
from north to south; and to your Name
the hills and mountains sing.
 —Psalm 89:11-12
Those who worship vain idols forsake their true loyalty. But I with the voice of thanksgiving will sacrifice to you; what I have vowed I will pay. Deliverance belongs to the Lord!
—Jonah 2:8-9
There a Light which made this light of the sun: let us love this Light, let us long to understand it, let us thirst for it; that, with itself as our guide, we may at length come to it, and that we may so live in it that we may never die. This is indeed that Light of which prophecy long ago sang in the psalm: O Lord, you save both humans and animals. For since you are God, and have manifold mercy, the same multiplicity of your mercy reaches not only to humans whom you created in your own image, but even to the beasts which you made to be subservient to humans. For the One who gives salvation to humans, also gives salvation to animals. Do not blush to think this of the Lord your God; rather believe this and trust it, and see you think not otherwise. The One that saves you also saves your horse and your sheep and even your hen: “Salvation is of the Lord,” and God saves all of these. You are uneasy, you have questions. I wonder why you doubt. Shall God disdain to save any whom he deigned to create? Of the Lord is the saving of angels, of humans, and of animals: “Salvation is of the Lord.” Just as mortals did not make themselves, so no mortals are saved by themselves.
 —Augustine of Hippo
O God, you are my God. But help me not to forget that you are the God of all that you have made, and you care for all as you care for me...
Allow the above to help guide your own confession, praise, thanksgiving, and/or petition.

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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