Daily Devotion Wednesday, June 26

Wednesday, June 26, 2013 – Psalm 4; 1 Samuel 7:2-17; Acts 6:1-15 and Luke 22:14-23

1 Samuel 7:2-17 – 12Then Samuel took a stone and set it up between Mizpah and Jeshanah, and named it Ebenezer; for he said, “Thus far the LORD has helped us.”

In the hymn, “Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing” we sing, “now I raise my Ebenezer.” I’ve always wondered how many in the sanctuary think of Ebenezer Scrooge?  The first two verses of this hymn are:

Come, Thou Fount of every blessing,
Tune my heart to sing Thy grace;
Streams of mercy, never ceasing,
Call for songs of loudest praise.
Teach me some melodious sonnet,
Sung by flaming tongues above.
Praise the mount! I’m fixed upon it,
Mount of Thy redeeming love.

Sorrowing I shall be in spirit,
Till released from flesh and sin,
Yet from what I do inherit,
Here Thy praises I’ll begin;
Here I raise my Ebenezer;
Here by Thy great help I’ve come;
And I hope, by Thy good pleasure,
Safely to arrive at home.

To raise one’s Ebenezer, means to mark how the Lord has helped you thus far and celebrate the promise that God will see you through to his promised end.

I have many crosses given to me over the years, each one precious because of the one who gave it or the circumstances in which I received it. For me each cross is my Ebenezer for the cross marks when God established his new covenant with us and promised to see his purposes through to the end. The Cross wasn’t an end in itself, it was and is the fulcrum point of God’s will being done on earth as it is in heaven.

Crosses are my Ebenezer for it says; “thus far the Lord has helped us.” And I know as he has helped us in the past, so he will help us in all the days to come.

In the gospel reading (Luke 22:14-23) we hear these words;

19 Then he took a loaf of bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body, which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me.” 20 And he did the same with the cup after supper, saying, “This cup that is poured out for you is the new covenant in my blood.

The sacrament of the Lord’s Supper is another Ebenezer reminding us that God has been and always be our help. I can’t celebrate it or partake in it often enough.

Today, raise your Ebenezer; that which marks for you how God has helped you thus far and promises to help you until the end of all time. Raise your Ebenezer and give thanks to God.

O Lord, thanks for being my help in the past and seeing me through to this day and time. As you’ve been with me and helped me in the past, I know that you are with me this day guiding me and leading me upon your ways. Thanks for all you’ve done and will do. Especially I thank you for our Lord Jesus Christ, who was willing to give his life that we might have life. Amen.

Psalm 4 – I will both lie down and sleep in peace;
for you alone, O Lord, make me lie down in safety.

Great thought for us, when just going to bed.

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