Daily Devotions

Daily Devotions

Wednesday, June 29, 2022
Rev. Ed Zeiders

 

Opening Prayer: Dear Lord of the heavens and the earth, hear my prayers. You are the God of our salvation, and I am rejoicing to know that you are the Savior and Master of my life. You are the God of my pardon, and the assurance of my life and faith. I long to continue on this straight path and seek to glorify your name. You are my chosen portion and your name is ever before me. I pray with thanksgiving because you are faithful; and you keep me and my congregation focused on your mercies. I am rejoicing, Lord; my prayers are meant to bring you great joy. Alleluia. Amen.

 

Chorus “I’ve Got Peace Like a River” FWS 2145

 

I’ve got peace like a river, I’ve got peace like a river, I’ve got peace like a river in my soul. I’ve peace like a river, I’ve got peace like a river. I’ve got peace like a river in my soul. (2) I’ve got joy like a fountain… (3) I’ve got love like an ocean, I’ve got love like an ocean…”

 

Scripture Text: Psalm 16:5-11

 

(5) The Lord is my chosen portion and my cup; you hold my lot. (6) The boundary lines have fallen for me in pleasant places. I have a goodly heritage. (7) I bless the Lord who gives me counsel; in the night also my heart instructs me. (8) I keep the Lord always before me; because he is at my right hand, I shall not be moved. (9) Therefore my heart is glad, and my soul rejoices; my body also rests secure. (10) For you do not give me up to Sheol, or let your faithful one see the Pit. (11) You show me the path of life. In your presence there is the fullness of joy; in your right hand are pleasures evermore.

 

Reflections: In the midst of so much confusion and the continuing threats, here the Psalmist thanks God for all that the Lord has done. “The Lord is my chosen portion and my boundaries have fallen on pleasant places.” This is such a glorious affirmation, first of the goodness of the Lord; and then, how glorious it is to live in the reality of confidence in God’s goodness. The days of our laments may be long and filled with sadness, yet, we are able to thrive. Why? Because God has not left us alone, nor are we cast aside. The Lord secures his people no matter the threats! We have peace, joy, and love—not just for ourselves, but we have these gifts to share with others, too. When God’s name and goodness are more fully on your mind, there is no room for darkness there. When I think about my own daily life, I keep saying to myself and others, “Love God and stay focused!” That simple phrase is enough for God is enough! –Just thinking.

 

Closing Song “Give Thanks”

Give thanks with a grateful heart, give thanks to the Holy One, give thanks because he’s given Jesus Christ his Son. And now let the weak say, “I am strong;” let the poor say “I am rich because of what the Lord has done for us.” Give thanks! Give thanks!

 

To: Ponder: “We have not advanced very far in our spiritual lives if we have not encountered the basic paradox of freedom; that is the effect that we are most free when we are bound!”

--Elton Trueblood, from “The New Man for Our Time”

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