Daily Devotions

Daily Devotions

Wednesday, May 25, 2022

Rev. Ed Zeiders

 

Opening Prayer: O Lord of our minds and hearts, hear our prayers. We sing and pray with deep sighs and thanksgiving. Our words are so shallow, for our words are so small. You are great above all the earth. The universe obeys you, the earth is bound by your laws. Enliven us to think greatly about our potential, not settling for the least but the best. Guide us in humility of heart, and lead us in paths of righteousness for your name’s sake. Enable us to walk in upright ways. Lift us from our sorrow and brighten our paths with your glorious light. Amen.

 

Hymn “O How I Love Jesus” UMH 170

(1)There is a name I love to hear, I love to sing its worth, it sounds like music in my ear, the sweetest name on earth (Refrain) O how I love Jesus, O how I love Jesus, O how I love Jesus, because he first loved me. (3) It tells of one whose loving heart can feel my deepest woes; who in each sorrow bears a part that none can bear below. (Refrain) O how I love Jesus, O how I love Jesus, O how I love Jesus, because he first loved me. –Frederick Whitfield, 1855

 

The Psalter Psalm 67

“May God be gracious to us and bless us, and make his face shine upon us, that your ways may be known on earth, your salvation among all the nations. May the people praise you, O God; may all of the people praise you. May the nations be glad and sing for joy, for you rule the peoples justly and guide the nations on the earth…”

 

Reflections: This Psalm is often associated with Acts 28:28: “I want you to know that God’s salvation has been sent to the Gentiles.” The blessing of the nations is a continuing theme in the Psalms, and a prayer that God would finally reign over the nations of the earth in our consciousness. But this prayer is more than just a fanciful thing. The ancient world was one skirmish or war after another. If God would rule the earth, then should we expect that the nations could finally understand their plight? God reigns, God’s Kingdom is in place, but the wisdom of the Lord and God’s majesty seems to have escaped the warring madness all around. The elimination of the estrangement we associate with God’s peace is real and practiced in the hearts and minds of those who believe and walk with God. The estrangement is also visible in the life of the Church among those who truly believe. But if the Lord is to be enthroned in visible and measurable ways things must change! We must change! The Church must yield to God’s grace and live into it. The governments and global leaders must turn toward the heavens. The warring in the world is a tragedy of dis-belief and the growing contentment with power and greed. God seeks us that we might build the community of the faithful. Every generation must come face to face with the Divine grace. And that, my dear friends, is the work we must do or perish with the rest. –Just thinking.

 

Closing Hymn: “We’ve a Story to Tell to the Nations” UMH 569

We’ve a story to tell to the nations, that shall turn their hearts to the right.

A story of truth and mercy, a story of peace and light, a story of peace and light.

Refrain: For the darkness shall turn to dawning and the dawning to noon day bright; and Christ’s great kingdom shall come on earth, the kingdom of love and light.

 

Closing Prayer: Teach us, good Lord, to serve you as you deserve; to give and not to count the cost; to fight and not heed the wounds; to toil and not to ask for any reward, except that of knowing that we do your will; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. –Ignatius of Loyola, Spain, 16th Century.

 

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