Daily Devotion Friday, August 2

Friday, August 2, 2013 – Psalm 19; 2 Samuel 5:1-12; Acts 17:1-15 and Mark 7:24-37

Psalm 19 – The heavens are telling the glory of God;
and the firmament proclaims his handiwork.
Day to day pours forth speech,
and night to night declares knowledge. …

At night when the sky is clear and the moon not out it is amazing to look up and see the many stars in the sky; planets, stars in our galaxy, others that look like stars yet are immense galaxies far away; billions of suns like our own but far, far away. God is the creator of all this and placed each in its location. God is the one who created the earth and gave us life. Thanks be to you, O God, who reveals your power and glory in the night sky and if we’ll only open our eyes throughout the day also.

O Lord, this day, may we sense your handiwork throughout all creation and through your continuing relationship with us.

Psalm 19 cont. – The law of the Lord is perfect,
reviving the soul;
the decrees of the Lord are sure,
making wise the simple;
the precepts of the Lord are right,
rejoicing the heart;
the commandment of the Lord is clear,
enlightening the eyes;
the fear of the Lord is pure,
enduring forever;
the ordinances of the Lord are true
and righteous altogether.
10 More to be desired are they than gold,
even much fine gold;
sweeter also than honey,
and drippings of the honeycomb.

I give thanks for God’s word to us because in it I find guidance for my own life. Through God’s word to us my sins are revealed and I am called to new life. Thanks be to God for God’s laws, decrees, precepts, commandments and ordinances. Through them I hear God’s call to love God and love others as God loves me. May God’s word guide us throughout this day.

In conversation with one who reads my devotion most every day, he shared that he doesn’t have time to read all the texts mentioned in the header of my daily devotion. Something we might all consider is for a period of time reading one of them; the Psalm, the Old Testament, the reading from an Epistle or the Gospel  In Psalms I’m reading through them 1 to 150, the others come from the daily lectionary of the Presbyterian Church; the Reformed Common Daily Lectionary. In choosing one, you can read through a particular book and then change to one of the others. This is simply a way to ground yourself in God’s word to us.

O God, thank you for how you reveal yourself to us through all of creation, through your word and through our relationship with one another. Today, may we sense anew your love for us and may this guide us as we seek to love others as you love us. In the funeral service I’m doing this day may the “meditations of all our hearts and the words of my mouth be acceptable to you, our rock and our redeemer.” (Psalm 19:14) Amen.

God’s blessings upon you this day.

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