Wednesday, November 02, 2016

No Common Consolation

Repeat and or meditate on this verse until your thoughts are centered on God.
The wonders of thy truth and love
in my defense engage,
thou, whose right hand preserves thy saints
from their oppressors' rage.
 —Psalm 17:7
Suggested tune: Dundee (CM)

To him was given dominion and glory and kingship, that all peoples, nations, and languages should serve him. His dominion is an everlasting dominion that shall not pass away, and his kingship is one that shall never be destroyed.
—Daniel 7:14
We ought to look up to heaven in very deed whenever the state of the church is under consideration, since its happiness is neither earthly, nor perishable, nor temporary—despite the fact that nothing created is either firm or perpetual. But when the prophet says Christ’s dominion is eternal, he doubtless signifies the constant endurance of his monarchy, even to the end of the world, when he shall gather his people together to a happy life and an eternal inheritance. Although, therefore, celestial immortality is comprehended under these words, yet in a former passage the prophet pointed out the perpetual existence of the church in this world, because Christ will defend it, although daily subject to numberless causes of destruction. And who would not assert the almost daily perishing of the church, if God did not wonderfully preserve it by the hand of his only begotten Son? Thus we receive no common consolation, when we see the church tossed about amidst various fluctuations, and almost buried and devoured by continual shipwrecks, yet Christ is ever stretching forth his hand to preserve it, and to save it from every sorrowful and horrible species of destruction.
—John Calvin
O Almighty God, whose blessed Son our Savior Jesus Christ ascended far above all heavens that he might fill all things: Mercifully give us faith to perceive that, according to his promise, he abideth with his Church on earth, even to the end of the ages; through the same Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, in glory everlasting...
—Book of Common Prayer
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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