Daily Devotion Thursday, August 8

Thursday, August 8, 2013 – Psalm 24; 2 Samuel 11:1-27; Acts 19:11-20 and Mark 9:2-13

Psalm 24 – The earth is the Lord’s and all that is in it,
    the world, and those who live in it;
for he has founded it on the seas,
    and established it on the rivers.

I use those verses often for our call to share our tithes and offerings. I think it’s important to remind ourselves that the earth and all in it is the Lord’s. We’re simply stewards of all God blesses us with. I think it’s also a good reminder that we are only here for a short while (in the age of the universe scheme of things) and we’ll be passing this along to others. May we strive to help preserve the earth so it can be passed on to others.

Who shall ascend the hill of the Lord?
    And who shall stand in his holy place?
Those who have clean hands and pure hearts,
    who do not lift up their souls to what is false,
    and do not swear deceitfully.
They will receive blessing from the Lord,
    and vindication from the God of their salvation.
Such is the company of those who seek him,
    who seek the face of the God of Jacob.
(Selah)

I strive to have clean hands and a pure heart yet I know it’s only through the gift of God’s Son, Jesus Christ that I am healed of all my impurities, my sins. and that I can approach God’s holy place. Thanks be to You, O God, for the gift of Your Son.

Lift up your heads, O gates!
    and be lifted up, O ancient doors!
    that the King of glory may come in.
Who is the King of glory?
    The Lord, strong and mighty,
    the Lord, mighty in battle.
Lift up your heads, O gates!
    and be lifted up, O ancient doors!
    that the King of glory may come in.
10 Who is this King of glory?
    The Lord of hosts,
    he is the King of glory.
(Selah)

This last section of this Psalm reminds me of the hymn; “Lift Up Ye Heads”. I found many versions on Youtube. Here is one. If you want you can find many traditional versions from Handel’s Messiah.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y1unBbNIN5c

I give thanks that our Lord, the holy and righteous one, did fling wide the gates of God’s kingdom that we might enter in. Today, may we seek to do just that, enter into God’s righteousness.

O God, thanks for the gift of life here on earth. Thanks be to you for all I have and will have. May I see everything and everyone as a gift from you. Thanks for forgiving me of all my sins and offering me an abiding relationship with you the Holy One. May I seek to enjoy what you have given me, serve you in all I say and do, all the while seeking to help others experience the joy of entering in thy kingdom even on earth. Thanks for the gift of life and the gift of salvation. Amen.

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