Thursday, April 21, 2016

The Decisions of Earth Are Reversed

CALL TO PRAYER
Repeat and or meditate on this verse until your thoughts are centered on God.
Show us your grace, O Lord;
let us your favor know;
for we are filled with others' scorn
who us their hatred show.
 —Psalm 123:3 (Tune: St. George, SM)
SCRIPTURE OF THE DAY
Salvation belongs to our God who is seated on the throne, and to the Lamb!
—Revelation 7:10
FOOD FOR THOUGHT
The heirs of God have come from garrets, from hovels, from dungeons, from scaffolds, from mountains, from deserts, from the caves of the earth, from the caverns of the sea. On earth they were destitute, afflicted, tormented. Millions went down to the grave loaded with infamy because they steadfastly refused to yield to the deceptive claims of Satan. By human tribunals they were adjudged the vilest of criminals. But now God is the judge. Now the decisions of earth are reversed. He has appointed to give them a garland instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, the mantle of praise instead of a faint spirit (Isa. 61:3, 62:12). They are no longer feeble, afflicted, scattered, and oppressed. Henceforth they are to be ever with the Lord. They stand before the throne clad in richer robes than the most honored of the earth have ever worn. They are crowned with diadems more glorious than were ever placed upon the brow of earthly monarchs. The days of pain and weeping are forever ended. The King of glory has wiped the tears from all faces; every cause of grief has been removed. Amid the waving of palm branches they pour forth a song of praise, clear, sweet, and harmonious; every voice takes up the strain, until the anthem swells through the vaults of heaven: Salvation belongs to our God who is seated on the throne, and to the Lamb! And all the inhabitants of heaven respond in the ascription: Amen! Blessing and glory and wisdom and thanksgiving and honor and power and might be to our God forever and ever! Amen.
 —frin Ellen G. White, The Great Controversy (1911)
TODAY'S PRAYER
Help me, O Lord, to believe that what seems to be my loss is really gain, and that each ounce of suffering is adding to the weight of glory—not only after this life, but also now...
 —F.B. Meyer
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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