Scripture for the day is Psalm 76:1-6
God is renowned in Judah;
in Israel his name is great.
2 His tent is in Salem,
his dwelling place in Zion.
3 There he broke the flashing arrows,
the shields and the swords, the weapons of war.
4 You are radiant with light,
more majestic than mountains rich with game.
5 The valiant lie plundered,
they sleep their last sleep;
not one of the warriors
can lift his hands.
6 At your rebuke, God of Jacob,
both horse and chariot lie still.
After reading and reflecting on the passage, pray saying, Lord, I praise you for being majestic, resplendent God. You are infinitely important and all else peripheral; you are eternally solid and everything else fleeting. Don’t let me be dazzled by human power and beauty. Amen.
Scripture for the day is Psalm 75:6-10
No one from the east or the west
or from the desert can exalt themselves.
7 It is God who judges:
He brings one down, he exalts another.
8 In the hand of the Lord is a cup
full of foaming wine mixed with spices;
he pours it out, and all the wicked of the earth
drink it down to its very dregs.
9 As for me, I will declare this forever;
I will sing praise to the God of Jacob,
10 who says, “I will cut off the horns of all the wicked,
but the horns of the righteous will be lifted up.”
After reading and reflecting on the passage, pray saying, Father, I cannot begin to praise and thank you for your inestimable gift. For Christ, my loving Savior, hath / drunk up the wine of Thy fierce wrath. What bitter cups were due to be / had he not drank them up for me. Amen.
Scripture for the day is Psalm 75:1-5
We praise you, God,
we praise you, for your Name is near;
people tell of your wonderful deeds.
2 You say, “I choose the appointed time;
it is I who judge with equity.
3 When the earth and all its people quake,
it is I who hold its pillars firm.
4 To the arrogant I say, ‘Boast no more,’
and to the wicked, ‘Do not lift up your horns.
5 Do not lift your horns against heaven;
do not speak so defiantly.’”
After reading and reflecting on the passage, pray saying, Lord, I praise you that you are sovereign over all. How threatening this is – I have no control over my life. Yet how comforting this is – I cannot keep my life together but must rest in you. Clear my vision to see this truth and to receive its challenge and comfort every day. Amen.