Sunday, May 29, 2016

The Lord Indeed Is God

Repeat and or meditate on this verse until your thoughts are centered on God.
My grief is turned to gladness,
to thee my thanks I raise,
who hast removed my sorrow
and girded me with praise;
and now, no longer silent,
my heart thy praise will sing—
O Lord, my God, forever
my thanks to thee I'll bring.
 —Psalm 30:11-12
Suggested tune: Aurelia (76.76 D)

Elijah came near and said, 'O Lord, God of Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, let it be known this day that you are God in Israel, that I am your servant, and that I have done all these things at your bidding. Answer me, O Lord, answer me, so that this people may know that you, O Lord, are God, and that you have turned their hearts back.'

Then the fire of the Lord fell and consumed the burnt offering, the wood, the stones, and the dust, and even licked up the water that was in the trench. When all the people saw it, they fell on their faces and said, 'The Lord indeed is God; the Lord indeed is God.'
—1 Kings 18:36-39
The faith that is founded on miracle may be deepened into something better; but unless it is, it speedily dies away. The faith that is due to the influence of some strong personality may lead on to an independent faith, based on personal experience; but, unless it does, it too will perish.
 —Alexander Maclaren 
Whether I come to you out of fear, or wonder, or the eloquent words of a preacher or writer, O God, now deepen my faith beyond exterior influences, that I may know deep within that you are my God, and I am your child...
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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