Monday, August 15, 2016

What a Contrast

CALL TO PRAYER
Repeat and or meditate on this verse until your thoughts are centered on God.
 
Lord, save me, for thine own Name's sake,
and in thy strength appear
to judge my cause; accept my prayer,
and to my words give ear.
 —Psalm 54:1-2
Suggested tune: Horsley (CM)


 
SCRIPTURE OF THE DAY
You have not come to a mountain that can be touched, a blazing fire, darkness, gloom, tempest, the sound of a trumpet, and a voice whose words made the hearers beg that not another word be spoken to them. But you have come to Mount Zion and to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to innumerable angels in festal gathering, and to the assembly of the firstborn who are enrolled in heaven, and to God the judge of all, and to the spirits of the righteous made perfect, and to Jesus, the mediator of a new covenant.
—Hebrews 12:18-19, 22-24a
 
FOOD FOR THOUGHT
To how great splendor had these Hebrew Christians been accustomed: marble courts, throngs of white-robed Levites, splendid vestments, the state and pomp of symbol, ceremonial, and choral psalm! And to what a contrast were they reduced—a meeting in some hall or school, with the poor, afflicted, and persecuted members of a despised and hated sect! It was indeed a change, and the inspired writer knew it well; and in these magnificent words, the sublime consummation and crown of his entire argument, he sets himself to show that, for every single item they had renounced, they had become possessed of a spiritual counterpart, a reality, an eternal substance, which was compensation told over a thousand times.
—F.B. Meyer
 
TODAY'S PRAYER
God our helper, hear the prayers of your church and uphold it in times of testing. Deliver it from evil, so that from the rising of the sun to its setting it may offer you sacrifice of praise; through Jesus Christ our Lord...
 
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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