Friday, August 12, 2016

The Lord of Hosts Is Exalted by Justice

CALL TO PRAYER
Repeat and or meditate on this verse until your thoughts are centered on God.
 
Restore us, O Lord God of hosts, to thy grace,
and then we shall live in the light of thy face.
From Egypt's dark border a vine thou didst take:
supplanting the faithless didst room for it make.
 —Psalm 80:7-8
Suggested tune: To God Be the Glory (11.11.11.11)


 
SCRIPTURE OF THE DAY
People are bowed down, everyone is brought low, and the eyes of the haughty are humbled. But the Lord of hosts is exalted by justice, and the Holy God shows himself holy by righteousness. Then the lambs shall graze as in their pasture, fatlings and kids shall feed among the ruins.
—Isaiah 5:15-17
 
FOOD FOR THOUGHT
If God's justice and righteousness are inevitable, it follows that the ungodly shall be cast down, since the only way in which they were exalted in the first place as by overturning the order of nature. And it ought to be carefully observed, that it is by no means as possible for the wicked to continue in prosperity as it is for God's glory to be set aside.
 —John Calvin, Commentary on Isaiah 5;16 (alt.)
 
TODAY'S PRAYER
Lord God, you so tend the vine you planted that now it extends its branches throughout the world. Keep me in Christ as a branch on the vine, that grafted firmly in your love, I may show the others your great power and bear the fruit of righteousness...
 Liturgy of the Hours, Roman Catholic
 
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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