To the leader. Of the Korahites. A Maskil.
Here is an extract from a Psalm that can be helpful in both personal and corporate prayer. It begins with remembering the stories of old, and then moves on to a personal testimony of faith. You can read this alone, or with other people.
1 We have heard with our ears, O God, our ancestors have told us,what deeds you performed in their days, in the days of old:
2 you with your own hand drove out the nations, but them you planted; you afflicted the peoples, but them you set free;
3 for not by their own sword did they win the land, nor did their own arm give them victory;but your right hand, and your arm, and the light of your
countenance, for you delighted in them.
4 You are my King and my God;you command victories for Jacob.
through your name we tread down our assailants.
nor can my sword save me.
7 But you have saved us from our foes,and have put to confusion those who hate us.
8 In God we have boasted continually,and we will give thanks to your name forever. [Selah]
Fourth Sunday after Trinity35 The Cost of Servanthood
The Scripture passage for the day is drawn from Reuben Job and Norman Shawchuck, A Guide to Prayer for Ministers and other Servants, (Nashville, The Upper Room 1983), 219.
This reflection is from my own devotional exercises for the day.