Monday, May 09, 2016

Zion's Treasure


CALL TO PRAYER
Repeat and or meditate on this verse until your thoughts are centered on God.
Your word I've treasured in my heart
so that from you I will not turn.
That I not sin, O blessèd Lord,
your statutes teach, that I may learn.
 —Psalm 119:11-12
Tune: Duke Street (LM)

SCRIPTURE OF THE DAY
The Lord is exalted, he dwells on high; he filled Zion with justice and righteousness; he will be the stability of your times, abundance of salvation, wisdom, and knowledge; the fear of the Lord is Zion’s treasure.
—Isaiah 33:5-6
FOOD FOR THOUGHT
O my God, thou givest us fear for ballast to carry us steadily in all weathers. But thou wouldst ballast us with such sand as should have gold in it, with that fear which is thy fear. In thy fear, my God, and my fear, my God, and my hope, is hope, and love, and confidence, and peace, and every limb and ingredient of happiness enwrapped; for joy includes all, and fear and joy consist together, nay, constitute one another... They joy in thee, O Lord, that fear thee, and fear thee only, who feel this joy in thee. Nay, thy fear, and thy love are inseparable; still we are called upon, in infinite places, to fear God.
 John Donne
TODAY'S PRAYER
Father, imprint upon my heart that, because I belong to you, no one can pluck us from your hand, and because I fear you, Ineed fear no other....
 —A New Zealand Prayer Book
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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