Tuesday, September 27, 2016

The Lord Our Righteousness

CALL TO PRAYER
Repeat and or meditate on this verse until your thoughts are centered on God.
 
But merciful and humble folk
shall soon possess the land;
in rest and peace they shall rejoice,
for nought shall them withstand.
 —Psalm 37:11
Suggested tune: Marlow (CM)


 
SCRIPTURE OF THE DAY
In those days Judah will be saved and Jerusalem will live in safety. And this is the name by which it shall be called: The Lord is our righteousness.
—Jeremiah 33:16
 
FOOD FOR THOUGHT
It was irresistible grace that brought us to call him "The Lord our righteousness." It was that divine shall that shattered our will. It was that strong arm that broke the iron sinew of our proud neck, and made us bow—even us, who would not have Christ to reign over us. It was his finger that opened the blind eye; for once we could see no beauty in him. It was his breath that thawed our icy heart. Once we felt no love to him.
    but now, subdued by sovereign grace,
    our spirit longs for his embrace;
    our beauty this our glorious dress,
    Jesus the Lord our righteousness.
And this shall be our glory here, and our song forever—The Lord our righteousness.
—Charles Spurgeon (alt.)
 
TODAY'S PRAYER
Come to me, Lord, in my brokenness. My fair ideals are like trampled flowers, and my attempts after perfection have failed. But do for me what I cannot do for myself. Perfect that which concerns me, because your mercy endures forever.
—F.B. Meyer
 
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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