Reading: Jeremiah 26-29; Psalm 20
Father, some trust in governments and some in militaries, but I trust in your name. Those other kingdoms and nations will fall and collapse, but your Kingdom will rise and stand forever. I, like each of your followers, live as an exile here on this earth. I long for a home which I cannot know here. But my hope is in knowing that one day you will call me home for good. My time in exile is not to be lost, however. You desire your people to seek the welfare of the communities you send them to. You desire them to pray for their towns and cities, and to be active participants in their flourishing. These are the tasks I will commit myself to while in exile. O Lord, I take comfort in knowing you have plans for my good, that you don’t seek evil for me and that I have a future and a hope in Christ. So I press on to know more and more of you with the promise that I will find you if I seek you with my whole heart.
Reading: Jeremiah 18-22; Psalm 18
Father, you are my rock and my fortress and my deliverer. You rescued me from the grip of darkness because you delight in me. How merciful you are! Your way is perfect and your Word proves true over and over again. You equip me for your purposes that I may bring you glory. If I tell myself, “I will not speak anymore of your name, and I won’t tell anyone of your works,” it feels as if my bones were on fire and I become weary from holding it in. Lord, you make it clear that what you want are people who do justice and righteousness, deliver the oppressed, treat the refugee, orphan, and widow with care, and never shed innocent blood. May their cry become my own, that I may share your heart.
Reading: Jeremiah 1-6; Psalm 14
Father, when you look down from heaven to find any who do good you find that there is none. Every person has sinned and fallen short of your glory. For generations your people looked to the horizon for salvation to come out of Zion. Oh, how glorious that I live in the days after that salvation came in Christ! You raised up one who would not fall into temptation or give into sin, then you handed him over to be crushed for all those who, like me, continually sin against you. O Lord, let us rejoice today in your grace! Let us stand by the roads and look for your ancient path where the good way is, and let us walk in it that we may find rest for our souls. Keep me from becoming apathetic about your love and your cause. Before I even existed you knew me and the good works you had set aside for me. Keep me on the good way that I might complete those works.
Reading: Song of Songs 5-8; Psalm 12
Father, at times it seems like the faithful have vanished and there is not one godly person to be found. Everyone’s speech is made up of lies, and the poor are mistreated. But you will not stand idly by forever. When the poor are mistreated you will arise and come to their side. Your words are perfectly pure, like silver refined seven times over. I do not deserve the love you have for me, the way you have pursued me all my life. You were sick with love for me until I came to put my faith in your Son. Now I am yours. Your desire is for me, and mine is for you. Many waters cannot quench the love you have for your children, neither can floods destroy it. Your love cannot be bought, but must simply be accepted. For the price has already been paid.
Reading: Song of Songs 1-4; Psalm 11
Father, in you I take refuge. Not in my savings, not in my strength, not in the security of my home. For you are in your holy temple. Your throne is in heaven. You are righteous, and you love those who are righteous through the blood of your Son. You pursued me over and over again, until finally you found me. Now you have set me at your banqueting table, and your banner over me is love. Each day I awake when the day breathes and the shadows flee to spend time in your embrace, enjoying the embrace of my Father.