Reading: Psalm 1-2; 147
Father, you are worthy of every song of praise and every voice that lifts you up. You gather together the outcasts and you heal the broken-hearted. You are almighty and all-knowing. We cannot comprehend your power and understanding. All the earth’s activities are under your authority. Yet you do not take delight in animals or trees, but in those who fear you and put their hope in your love. You have revealed yourself and your gospel to me, but you haven’t done the same with so many others. I praise you for setting your sights on me. Thank you, Lord! I am lost and hopeless without you. I will delight in your law and I will meditate on it night and day. He who is firmly planted in your Word will yield fruit. His life will bare testimony that his hope and trust are in you. May it be so with me. Keep me from the sinful desire to make myself God and to determine right and wrong for myself. O Lord, you have given the nations to Jesus as his heritage. I long for the day when the ends of the earth hear of the splendor of your majesty and the depth of your love, and I mourn for those who ever hear of it or who reject it.