Sunday, May 01, 2016

Repose with Confidence

CALL TO PRAYER
Repeat and or meditate on this verse until your thoughts are centered on God.
God the Lord is known in Judah;
great his Name in Israël.
His pavilion is in Salem;
his abode on Zion's hill.
There he broke the bow and arrows,
bade the sword and shield be still.
 —Psalm 76:1-3 (tune: Lauda Anima 87.87.87)
SCRIPTURE OF THE DAY
O Lord, my strength and my stronghold, my refuge in the day of trouble, to you shall the nations come from the ends of the earth.
—Jeremiah 16:19a
FOOD FOR THOUGHT
Here the reason is assigned why God, putting the Assyrians to flight, vouchsafed to deliver the city of Jerusalem, and to take it under his protection. The reason is, because he had there chosen for himself a dwelling-place, in which his Name was to be called upon. The amount, in short, is, first, that humans had no ground to arrogate to themselves any share in the deliverance of the city here portrayed, God having strikingly showed that all the glory was his own, by displaying from heaven his power in the sight of all; and, secondly, that he was induced to oppose his enemies from no other consideration but that of his free choice of the Jewish nation. God having, by this example, testified that his power is invincible for preserving his Church, it is a call and an encouragement to all the faithful to repose with confidence under his shadow. If his Name is precious to himself, it is no ordinary pledge and security which he gives to our faith when he assures us that it is his will that the greatness of his power should be known in the preservation of his Church. Moreover, as the Church is a distinguished theater on which the Divine glory is displayed, we must always take the greatest care not to shroud or bury in forgetfulness, by our ingratitude, the benefits which have been bestowed upon it, and especially those which ought to be held in remembrance in all ages.
 —John Calvin, Commentary on Ps. 76:2
TODAY'S PRAYER
You are my rock and my fortress, O God, my only true source of safety. Forgive me for searching elsewhere for security...
 
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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