Thursday, July 20, 2017

The Sun of Righteousness

CALL TO PRAYER
Let me abide in your tent forever, find refuge under the shelter of your wings.
Psalm 61:4

SCRIPTURE PASSAGE
See, the day is coming, burning like an oven, when all the arrogant and all evildoers will be stubble; the day that comes shall burn them up, says the Lord of hosts, so that it will leave them neither root nor branch. But for you who revere my name the sun of righteousness shall rise, with healing in its wings. You shall go out leaping like calves from the stall.
Malachi 4:1-2

DEVOTIONAL
Christ daily illuminates us by his Spirit; and though we see him not with our eyes, yet we find by experience that he is a sun of righteousness. [And Malachi] gives the name of wings to the rays of the sun; and this comparison has much beauty, for it is taken from nature, and most fitly applied to Christ. There is nothing, we know, more cheering and healing than the rays of the sun; for ill-savor would soon overwhelm us were not the sun to purge the earth from its dregs. We also feel a sort of relief at the rising of the sun, for the night is a kind of burden. But the Prophet has expressed what is still more—that a clear sun in a serene sky brings healing; for there is an implied opposition between a cloudy or stormy time and a clear and bright season. During time of serenity we are far more cheerful, whether we be in health or in sickness; and there is no one who does not derive some cheerfulness from the serenity of the heavens: but when it is cloudy, even the most healthy feels some inconvenience.
John Calvin

TODAY'S PRAYER
O God, let the Sun of Righteousness arise upon me with healing in his wings, for I do—I trust and fear your Name!
Charles Spurgeon

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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