Saturday, June 29, 2013

Psalm 44:1-8

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.

5  Through you we push down our foes;
     through your name we tread down our assailants.

6  For not in my bow do I trust,
     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 Trinity
35 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.



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