Monday, June 27, 2016

Who Do You Say That I Am?

Repeat and or meditate on this verse until your thoughts are centered on God.
The Lord's deeds I remember all,
your wondrous works of old recall.
I'll ponder all that you have done
and weigh your mighty acts, each one.
O God, your ways most holy are.
What god can with our God compare?
You are the God by wonders known;
among the peoples, strength you've shown.
 —Psalm 77:11-14
Suggested tune: Jerusalem (LMD)

Jesus asked the disciples, 'But who do you say that I am?'
Peter answered, 'The Messiah of God.'
—Luke 9:20 
The question, ‘But who do you say that I am?’ is meant to force home the conviction of the gulf between His disciples and the whole nation. He would have them feel their isolation, and face the fact that they stood alone in their faith; and he would test them whether, knowing that they did stand alone, they had courage and tenacity to reassert it. The unpopularity of a belief drives away cowards, and draws the brave and true. If none else believed in him, that was an additional reason for loving hearts to cleave to him; and those only truly know and love him who are ready to stand by him, even if they stand alone. Mark, too, that this is the all-important question for every individual. Our own individual ‘thought’ of Christ determines our whole worth and fate.
 —Alexander Maclaren (alt.)
Lord, let me say the Name Christ with a sense of its power. Help me to understand that God's work for my salvation is centered on you, and that I need turn to no other...
 —after Eugene Peterson
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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