Prayer of the Day
Holy God, our righteous judge, daily your mercy surprises us with everlasting forgiveness. Strengthen our hope in you, and grant that all the peoples of the earth may find their glory in you, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.
Jeremiah 14:7-10, 19-22 (NRSV)
It’s all about repentance. In this passage you can see how God feels about his wayward children, like a parent with a child that has completely rebelled who’s left to do their own thing. At least the people, in this passage understand. They want God to hear, but He seems to be silent. Haven’t we all been there at points in our lives? The key is to keep on carrying on with the knowledge that He is listening. Maybe our requests aren’t what we need, only what we want. That’s the problem with today’s society, wants are equated with needs.
Psalm 84:1-7 (NRSV)
The Joy of Worship in the Temple
To the leader: according to The Gittith. Of the Korahites. A Psalm.
1 How lovely is your dwelling place,
O Lord of hosts!
2 My soul longs, indeed it faints
for the courts of the Lord;
my heart and my flesh sing for joy
to the living God.
3 Even the sparrow finds a home,
and the swallow a nest for herself,
where she may lay her young,
at your altars, O Lord of hosts,
my King and my God.
4 Happy are those who live in your house,
ever singing your praise.Selah
5 Happy are those whose strength is in you,
in whose heart are the highways to Zion.
6 As they go through the valley of Baca
they make it a place of springs;
the early rain also covers it with pools.
7 They go from strength to strength;
the God of gods will be seen in Zion.
2 Timothy 4:6-8, 16-18 (NRSV)
In Paul’s second letter to Timothy we read that God is still there supporting us. It reminds me of that poem we all call “footprints in the sand” where in the end we find out that in the darkest hours those single set of footprints weren’t ours, but was God when he carried us through. It harkens back to the needs vs wants debate. God knows our needs and He will provide. Many times it’s completely unexpected, but it will happen. Patience is the key, and in a society that is all about instant gratification it’s difficult to wait.
Luke 18: 9-14 (NRSV)
Pride once again rears it’s ugly head in Jesus’ parable about the Pharisee and the Tax Collector. Jesus was very hard on the Pharisees because in the end they were so close. Teachers are always hard on the best students because they know that student’s ability. But that’s not what Jesus was getting at. It’s about pride. Sometimes leaders in any walk of life are like this. Everyone needs to be more aware of it and be more humble, but not brag about being humble. That’s even worse. The religious leader should have been acting more like the tax collector because we all are wretched sinners.