Psalm 132:7-9 and Psalm 133

April 2, 2009

Let us go into his tabernacle; let us worship at his footstool. (Psalm 132:7)
      Jesus, help us throughout this diocese come into your presence and worship you. Bless all those going to the Diocesan Convention with a clear sense of your presence and a heart to worship you.

Arise, O LORD, to your resting place, you and the ark of your strength. (Psalm 132:8 )
      Father, please come and visit us; fill us anew with your Holy Spirit at the Diocesan Convention.

Let your priests be clothed with righteousness, and let your saints shout for joy. (Psalm 132:9)
      Holy Spirit, we ask you to clothe all the priests and deacons of this diocese with your righteousness and give your people hearts overflowing with praise and joy in you.

Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity! It is like the precious oil upon the head, running down on the beard, the beard of aaron, running down on the edge of his garments. It is like the dew of Hermon, descending upon the mountains of Zion; for there the LORD commanded the blessing — life forevermore. (Psalm 133)
      LORD, let your blessing of unity and brotherhood mark this diocese and the Diocesan Convention. Help us look to you as we confront the issues which vex our church and our nation. Thank you.

      A word received: Pray for my people. Pray they will take to heart the cost of my cross. Pray for them that they will embrace my cross in their lives. Pray for my people to walk the way of my cross.

Wednesday: 119:145-176; Jeremiah 25:30-38; Romans 10:14-21; John 10:1-18
Thursday: 131, 132, [133]; Jeremiah 26:1-16; Romans 11:1-12; John 10:19-42

Albany Intercessor

Lent Quotes: The Cross teaches us to hate sin

April 2, 2009

I found this amazing quote at the Cruciform Life blog. Fantastic!

And let us learn from the story of the passion always to hate sin with a great hatred. Sin was the cause of all our Savior’s sufferings.

Our sins twisted the crown of thorns; our sins drove the nails into his hands and feet; on account of our sins his blood was shed.

Surely the thought of Christ crucified should make us loathe all sin.

As the Church of England Homily of Passion says so well:

“Let this image of Christ crucified be always printed in our hearts. Let it stir us up to the hatred of sin, and provoke our minds to the earnest love of Almighty God.”

~ from “The Sufferings of Christ” by J. C. Ryle in Jesus, Keep Me Near The Cross: Experiencing The Passion and Power of Easter, edited by Nancy Guthrie, pp. 59.

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