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Psalm 86:11-17

Isaiah 41:21-29

Hebrews 2:1-9

 

Teach Me Your Way, O Lord 071411

 

In the newspaper Mennonite Weekly Review this week (http://www.mennoweekly.org/2011/7/11/retiring-prof-taught-and-learned-far-beyond-ambs/?page=2) about the retiring professor Marlene Kropf relates:

Kropf committed herself to praying through the Psalms, making each one personal. That took two years, and when she was done, she said, “the Psalms had become mine. The intimate relationship the psalmist had with God had become mine, too.”

 

Psalm 86, today’s Psalm is an excellent place to start praying the Psalms. It begins with our title ‘Teach Me Your Way, O Lord’. Perhaps the beginning of each day’s prayers should be the prayer for God to teach us how to pray and to open our hard hearts the love of God we express with our humble and simple prayer.

 

Pray today for God to help us with our prayer, and teach us to pray the Psalms, as so many have done over the millennia.

 

Pray for peace today. War seems imminent in so many regions of the world, when we need systemic peace more each day.

 

Peace and shalom.

(brother) Bill

 

Psalm 86:11-17

 

11Teach me your way, O Lord, that I may walk in your truth; give me an undivided heart to revere your name.

12I give thanks to you, O Lord my God, with my whole heart, and I will glorify your name forever.

13For great is your steadfast love toward me; you have delivered my soul from the depths of Sheol.

14O God, the insolent rise up against me; a band of ruffians seeks my life, and they do not set you before them.

15But you, O Lord, are a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness.

16Turn to me and be gracious to me; give your strength to your servant; save the child of your serving girl.

17Show me a sign of your favor, so that those who hate me may see it and be put to shame, because you, Lord, have helped me and comforted me.

me in the way everlasting.

Isaiah 41:21-29

21Set forth your case, says the Lord; bring your proofs, says the King of Jacob. 22Let them bring them, and tell us what is to happen. Tell us the former things, what they are, so that we may consider them, and that we may know their outcome; or declare to us the things to come. 23Tell us what is to come hereafter, that we may know that you are gods; do good, or do harm, that we may be afraid and terrified. 24You, indeed, are nothing and your work is nothing at all; whoever chooses you is an abomination. 25I stirred up one from the north, and he has come, from the rising of the sun he was summoned by name. He shall trample on rulers as on mortar, as the potter treads clay. 26Who declared it from the beginning, so that we might know, and beforehand, so that we might say, “He is right”? There was no one who declared it, none who proclaimed, none who heard your words. 27I first have declared it to Zion, and I give to Jerusalem a herald of good tidings. 28But when I look there is no one; among these there is no counselor who, when I ask, gives an answer. 29No, they are all a delusion; their works are nothing; their images are empty wind.

Hebrews 2:1-9

2Therefore we must pay greater attention to what we have heard, so that we do not drift away from it. 2For if the message declared through angels was valid, and every transgression or disobedience received a just penalty, 3how can we escape if we neglect so great a salvation? It was declared at first through the Lord, and it was attested to us by those who heard him, 4while God added his testimony by signs and wonders and various miracles, and by gifts of the Holy Spirit, distributed according to his will.

5Now God did not subject the coming world, about which we are speaking, to angels. 6But someone has testified somewhere, “What are human beings that you are mindful of them, or mortals, that you care for them? 7You have made them for a little while lower than the angels; you have crowned them with glory and honor, 8subjecting all things under their feet.” Now in subjecting all things to them, God left nothing outside their control. As it is, we do not yet see everything in subjection to them, 9but we do see Jesus, who for a little while was made lower than the angels, now crowned with glory and honor because of the suffering of death, so that by the grace of God he might taste death for everyone.

The New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989 by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

 

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