Deliverance and Guidance

Today is Thursday, July 21, 2016. Pre-Friday. Or, Friday Eve, as some prefer.

Quote of the Day

“People won’t have time for you if you are always angry or complaining.” ~ Stephen Hawking

Word of the Day

Autoschediastic: “Something done on the spur of the moment or without preparation; an extemporized piece of work.”

Today is Junk Food Day. Finally! A day I can celebrate by doing what I always do, anyway!

C is feeling better this morning. “A billion times better than yesterday.” She still feels like she has a cold brewing, but she feels better. We have a busy weekend coming on, but it will be more just having to be home while other people work on our stuff. If all goes well, the fence will be finished sometime Sunday, and the new pool heater is supposed to be delivered on Saturday. We don’t know when that will get installed, yet.

The Red Sox held on to a roller-coaster game with the Giants, last night. They were ahead 8-0 at one point (in only the third inning), but the Giants pulled within one run, making it 8-7. The Sox scored three more runs, though, and finished it 11-7. The Yankees beat Baltimore again, so the Red Sox are now in sole possession of first place in the AL East!

The Rangers continued to slide downward, losing again to the Angels, 7-4. They are now only 3.5 games ahead of the second place Astros.

TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL

(From Praying With the Psalms)

The LORD reigns, let the earth rejoice; let the many coastlands be glad!
Clouds and thick darkness are all around him; righteousness and justice are the foundation of his throne.
Fire goes before him and burns up his adversaries all around.
His lightnings light up the world; the earth sees and trembles.
The mountains melt like wax before the LORD, before the Lord of all the earth.
The heavens proclaim his righteousness, and all the peoples see his glory.
All worshipers of images are put to shame, who make their boast in worthless idols; worship him, all you gods!
Zion hears and is glad, and the daughters of Judah rejoice, because of your judgments, O LORD.
For you, O LORD, are most high over all the earth; you are exalted far above all gods.
Psalm 97:1-9

This psalm seems to evoke memories of Sinai, where God’s people “realized God’s rule in deliverance (out of Egypt) and in guidance (the Ten Commandments).” This memory sparks praise as the psalmist pens his lyrics. The rule of God was experiential, not abstract. His people lived as redeemed people and guided people.

“God, your word is powerful, delivering me from despair; your word is wise, guiding me through uncertainty. I am able to leave sin and travel toward righteousness. Thank you for your deliverance and your guidance. Amen.”

This same God is our deliverer and guidance today. The lesson is applicable to us. God has delivered us, through the life and death of Jesus Christ, from sin, and guides us now, by his word, and by his Holy Spirit. His rule can be just as experiential for us; we need not let it be totally abstract.

Father, I praise you for the deliverance that you gave your people from Egypt, and I praise you for the deliverance from sin that you have provided us. I praise you for the guidance that you gave your people, both through the Ten Commandments, and through the columns of smoke and fire. Though we see no smoke and fire today, and the Ten Commandments are now filtered through Jesus Christ (not replaced), but we have your word and the Holy Spirit to guide us. Teach me to be reliant on these, more and more, as I draw closer to you. In the words of Moses, “Now therefore, if I have found favor in your sight, please show me now your ways, that I may know you in order to find favor in your sight.”

Come, Lord Jesus!

The LORD bless you and keep you; the LORD make his face to shine upon you and be gracious to you; the LORD lift up his countenance upon you and give you peace.

Grace and peace, friends.

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