Oh, taste and see that the LORD is good; blessed is the man who trusts in him! (Psalm 34:8 )
LORD, it doesn’t matter how much water flows over us; if we never open our mouths to receive it, we will have gained nothing. Help us throughout this diocese and at the Diocesan Convention to open our mouths and receive all that you have for us. Thank you.
Lord, how long will You look on? Rescue me from their destructions, my precious life from the lions. (Psalm 35:17)
Jesus, please come and vindicate and rescue your faithful people out of the hands of those who persecute them. Shut the evil doers’ mouths as you did with the lions when Daniel was in their den. Thank you.
I will give you thanks in the great assembly; I will praise you among many people. (Psalm 35:18 )
Father, please help us by your Holy Spirit to worship and praise you at the Diocesan Convention. Thank you.
A word received: You are in my care. Keep your eyes on me.
Friday: 35; Proverbs 23:19-21,29-24:2; 1 Timothy 5:17-22(23-25); Matthew 13:31-35
Saturday: 42, 43; Proverbs 25:15-28; 1 Timothy 6:6-21; Matthew 13:36-43
Notes from the Front Line
In the OT this word is used by translators to bring out the full meaning of the verb ‘to hear’. It indicates the right response to ‘the voice’ or ‘the word’ of God. To receive the utterance of God in a noncommittal or merely passive fashion is virtually out of the question. ‘To hear’ is to be persuaded (as the LXX and NT words suggest), and so to obey. The only other possibility is active resistance, for which the translators have used the words ‘REBEL’ and ‘REVOLT’ in the OT, and ‘disobey’ in the NT. The terms must be understood against the background of God’s covenant-transaction with men. The fitting response to God’s initiative is humble acquiescence, a combination of active obedience and unconditioned trust. The word ‘obey’ and its associates are used in the closest possible association with ‘BELIEVE’ and it associates (v. FAITH).”
[From A Theological Word Book of the Bible, Edited by Alan Richardson D.D., The Macmillan Company, New York, 1952]