Daily Devotion Wednesday, October 16

Wednesday, October 16, 2013  – Psalm 81; Jeremiah 37:3-21; 1 Corinthians 14:13-25 and Matthew 10:24-33

Psalm 81 – 11 “But my people did not listen to my voice;
    Israel would not submit to me.
12 So I gave them over to their stubborn hearts,
    to follow their own counsels.
13 O that my people would listen to me,
    that Israel would walk in my ways!

As I read this portion of Psalm 81 I thought of the impasse going on in Washington. It almost seems the longer the government shutdown goes on, the more we face the fiscal cliff before us, the division in Washington D. C. grows. I’ve appreciated the prayers of the chaplain of the US Senate. One of his prayers or at least a portion of it has been; “Lord, deliver us from governing by crisis.” This would be my prayer as well.

It’s easy to point our fingers at those in DC for our present crisis, yet I also believe this to be a time for all of us to turn to God and seek God’s guidance. Each of us needs to center our stubborn hearts upon God and seek God’s guidance.

So, today, may we pray for our leaders – the president, the senators and representatives who serve on behalf of all the people.

O Lord, guide them and guide us and deliver us from this present madness. Amen.

Psalm 81 – Sing aloud to God our strength;
    shout for joy to the God of Jacob.
Raise a song, sound the tambourine,
    the sweet lyre with the harp.
Blow the trumpet at the new moon,
    at the full moon, on our festal day.
For it is a statute for Israel,
    an ordinance of the God of Jacob.

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