Tuesday, May 24, 2016

The Soul That Serves God

Repeat and or meditate on this verse until your thoughts are centered on God.
But the salvation of the just
doth come from God above,
Who in their trouble sends them aid
of his mere grace and love.
God evermore delivers them
from the vile and unjust;
and God will always save them, if
in him they put their trust.
 —Psalm 37:39-40
Suggested tune: Vox Dilecti (CMD)

Then Solomon stood before the altar of the Lord in the presence of all the assembly of Israel, and spread out his hands to heaven. He said, "O Lord, God of Israel, there is no God like you in heaven above or on earth beneath, keeping covenant and steadfast love for your servants who walk before you with all their heart, the covenant that you kept for your servant my father David as you declared to him; you promised with your mouth and have this day fulfilled with your hand. Therefore, O Lord, God of Israel, keep for your servant my father David that which you promised him, saying, ‘There shall never fail you a successor before me to sit on the throne of Israel, if only your children look to their way, to walk before me as you have walked before me.’ Therefore, O God of Israel, let your word be confirmed, which you promised to your servant my father David."
—1 Kings 8:22-26
We receive no outward kingdom if we are servants of God; but, in deepest truth, the righteous are monarchs, ‘lords of themselves, though not of lands.’ All creation serves the soul that serves God, and all God's children have a share in the royalty of God's Son.
 —Alexander Maclaren (alt.)
I thank you, O God, that all things work together for the good of your servants. Through good times and bad, help me to remember your promises; and give me the grace always to see how events and circumstances are bringing me closer to you...
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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