Monday, April 18, 2016

Such a Husband

CALL TO PRAYER
Repeat and or meditate on this verse until your thoughts are centered on God.
About you glorious things are said,
O city of our God;
God's Name I will proclaim in lands
where I am known abroad.
 —Psalm 87:3-4 (Tune: House of the Rising Sun CM)
SCRIPTURE OF THE DAY
Do not fear, for you will not be ashamed; do not be discouraged, for you will not suffer disgrace; for you will forget the shame of your youth, and the disgrace of your widowhood you will remember no more. For your Maker is your husband, the Lord of hosts is his name; the Holy One of Israel is your Redeemer, the God of the whole earth he is called.
—Isaiah 54:4-5
FOOD FOR THOUGHT
Oh, how blessed it is that Jehovah, Israel's God, the Lord of Hosts, is the God of the whole earth—so that we poor Gentiles may come and hide under the shadow of his wings! And what a joy it is to all believers that this great God has united us in the sacred bonds of marriage with himself! Your Maker is your husband. Oh, what bountiful provision will such a husband make for us! How well will he comfort us! How abundantly will he bless us! So let our hearts be glad in him.
 —Charles Spurgeon (May 23, 1869)
TODAY'S PRAYER
I thank thee, O Lord, that thou hast so set eternity within my heart that no earthly thing can ever satisfy me wholly. I think thee that every present joy is so mixed with sadness and unrest as to lead my mind upwards to the contemplation of a more perfect blessedness. And above all I thank thee for the sure hope and promise of an endless life which thou hast given me in the glorious gospel of Jesus Christ my Lord...
 —John Baillie
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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