Monday, December 12, 2016

There Is Good Reason for Song

CALL TO PRAYER
Repeat and or meditate on this verse until your thoughts are centered on God.
 
I therefore come—come to fulfil
the prophecies thy books impart:
'Tis my delight to do thy will;
thy law is written in my heart.
 —Psalm 40:5-6
Suggested tune: Winchester Old (CM)


 
SCRIPTURE OF THE DAY
The ransomed of the Lord shall return, and come to Zion with singing; everlasting joy shall be upon their heads; they shall obtain joy and gladness, and sorrow and sighing shall flee away.
—Isaiah 35:10
 
FOOD FOR THOUGHT
Note here that the pilgrims do not plod wearily in silence, but, like the tribes going up to the feasts, burst out often, as they journey, into song. The Christian life, too, should be a joyful life, ever echoing with the ‘high praises of God.’ However difficult the march, there is good reason for song, and it helps to overcome the difficulties. ‘A merry heart goes all the day, a sad heart tires in a mile.’ Why should the ransomed pilgrims sing? For present blessings, for deliverance from the burden of self and sin, for communion with God, for light shed on the meaning of life, and for the sure anticipation of future bliss.
—Alexander Maclaren
 
TODAY'S PRAYER
When my way becomes weary, when my feet get tired and my heart is ready to give out, grant me a new song, O Lord, to sing in anticipation of the joy that is to come...
 
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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