November 18, 2012

Psalm 18:6 (ESV)
In my distress I called upon the Lord;
to my God I cried for help.
From his temple he heard my voice,
and my cry to him reached his ears.

Psalm 11:4-7 (ESV)
4 The Lord is in his holy temple;
the Lord’s throne is in heaven;
his eyes see, his eyelids test the children of man.
5 The Lord tests the righteous,
but his soul hates the wicked and the one who loves violence.
6 Let him rain coals on the wicked;
fire and sulfur and a scorching wind shall be the portion of their cup.
7 For the Lord is righteous;
he loves righteous deeds;
the upright shall behold his face.

O Father God,
Surely Your salvation is near to those who fear You, that glory may dwell in their land. Surely Your Son Jesus is able to save to the uttermost those who draw near to You through him, since he always lives to make intercession for them. Surely we believe that You exist and that You reward those who seek You.
We earnestly seek Your protection, Your provision, Your guidance, and Your blessings upon Peter, Maurice, John, Paul, William, Bruce, Daniel, Edward, and James.
We thank You that Your ears hear our plea. We thank You that Your eyes see and Your eyelids test the children of men. We thank You for Your righteousness.
We thank You that glory will dwell in the bishops’ land. We thank You that Jesus will save them. We thank You for the bounty of Your rewards for them. We thank You that they shall behold Your face. Amen.

Psalm 85:9, Hebrews 7:25, 11:6


November 18, 2012

Balaam’s third oracle
Numbers 24:2-9 (ESV)

2 And Balaam lifted up his eyes and saw Israel camping tribe by tribe. And the Spirit of God came upon him, 3 and he took up his discourse and said,

“The oracle of Balaam the son of Beor,
the oracle of the man whose eye is opened,
4 the oracle of him who hears the words of God,
who sees the vision of the Almighty,
falling down with his eyes uncovered:
5 How lovely are your tents, O Jacob,
your encampments, O Israel!
6 Like palm groves that stretch afar,
like gardens beside a river,
like aloes that the Lord has planted,
like cedar trees beside the waters.
7 Water shall flow from his buckets,
and his seed shall be in many waters;
his king shall be higher than Agag,
and his kingdom shall be exalted.
8 God brings him out of Egypt
and is for him like the horns of the wild ox;
he shall eat up the nations, his adversaries,
and shall break their bones in pieces
and pierce them through with his arrows.
9 He crouched, he lay down like a lion
and like a lioness; who will rouse him up?
Blessed are those who bless you,
and cursed are those who curse you.”

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