Thursday, May 26, 2016

His Cause as Well as Theirs

Repeat and or meditate on this verse until your thoughts are centered on God.
Great in number, full of vigor,
strong the foes that me withstand!
Evil they for kindness render,
hating me for doing good.
Lord, I pray, do not forwsake me;
O my God, stay near to me.
Hurry! Come as once to help me!
O my Lord, my Savior be!
 —Psalm 38:19-22
Suggested tune: In Babilone (87.87 D)

When Ahab saw Elijah, Ahab said to him, 'Is it you, you troubler of Israel?'
He answered, 'I have not troubled Israel; but you have, and your father’s house, because you have forsaken the commandments of the Lord.'
—1 Kings 18:17-18
It is, indeed, a very sore temptation, that the people of God, the more sincerely they endeavor to serve him, should procure to themselves so much more the trouble and sorrow; but this consideration ought to prove a sufficient ground of consolation to them, that they are not only supported by the testimony of a good conscience, but that they also know that God is ever ready—and that, too, for this reason—to manifest his mercy towards them. On the ground of this assurance, they dare to appear in the presence of God, and entreat him, as it is his cause as well as theirs, that he would maintain and defend it.
 —John Calvin, commentary on Ps. 38:20
Lord Jesus, for thee I live,
     for thee I suffer,
     for thee I die!
Lord Jesus, thine will I be in life and death!
Grant me, O Lord, eternal salvation!
 Evangelical Synod of North America
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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