Daily Devotion Saturday, November 30

Saturday, November 30, 2013 – Psalm 119:1-40; Micah:7:1-20; 1 Peter 4:7-19 and Matthew 20:29-34

Psalm 119 is the longest chapter in the Bible. It’s an acrostic Psalm about learning and following God’s ways. I’ll be reading it in sections, thus it will take us 3 or 4 days to read the whole Psalm. Enjoy.

Today also marks the end of the calendar year for the church and tomorrow marks the beginning of a new year in God’s word. The church year begins on the first Sunday of Advent. This year this day falls on December 1. So we turn to the readings for year 2 of the daily lectionary cycle. With the daily lectionary cycle we read through the New Testament twice in two years and once through the Old Testament.

May today’s reading prepare us for the turning of the church’s calendar and the beginning of the Advent/Christmas season.

Psalm 119:1- 40 – Happy are those whose way is blameless,
who walk in the law of the Lord.
Happy are those who keep his decrees,
who seek him with their whole heart,

10 With my whole heart I seek you;
do not let me stray from your commandments.
11 I treasure your word in my heart,
so that I may not sin against you.

18 Open my eyes, so that I may behold
wondrous things out of your law.

27 Make me understand the way of your precepts,
and I will meditate on your wondrous works.

33 Teach me, O Lord, the way of your statutes,
and I will observe it to the end.
34 Give me understanding, that I may keep your law
and observe it with my whole heart.
35 Lead me in the path of your commandments,
for I delight in it.
36 Turn my heart to your decrees,
and not to selfish gain.

Matthew 20:29-34 – 32Jesus stood still and called them, saying, “What do you want me to do for you?” 33They said to him, “Lord, let our eyes be opened.” 34Moved with compassion, Jesus touched their eyes. Immediately they regained their sight and followed him.

One of my favorite hymns which for me is a prayer is; “Open My Eyes That I May See”.

Open my eyes, that I may see
Glimpses of truth Thou hast for me;
Place in my hands the wonderful key
That shall unclasp and set me free.

Refrain

Silently now I wait for Thee,
Ready my God, Thy will to see,
Open my eyes, illumine me,
Spirit divine!

Open my ears, that I may hear
Voices of truth Thou sendest clear;
And while the wave notes fall on my ear,
Everything false will disappear.

Refrain

Open my mouth, and let me bear,
Gladly the warm truth everywhere;
Open my heart and let me prepare
Love with Thy children thus to share.

Refrain

This is my prayer for the coming season of Advent and Christmas. It is also my prayer always, for there always more to see, sense and take in about God and God’s love for all.

O Lord, open my eyes, my heart, my soul that I may truly sense the love you have for me and all. Amen.

Micah 7:11-20 – 18  Who is a God like you, pardoning iniquity
and passing over the transgression
of the remnant of your possession?
He does not retain his anger forever,
because he delights in showing clemency.

Thanks be to God, that God is a forgiving God.

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