Reading To Hear

Today is Sunday, March 26, 2017. EIGHT more days until Opening Day!

Quote of the Day

“If you wish to be loved, show more of your faults than your virtues.” ~ Edward G. Bulwer-Lytton

Word of the Day

Perpend ~ to reflect on carefully : ponder. Also, to be attentive : reflect.

Question of the Day

What is the “holy see?” (Answer at the end of the blog.)

Today is Purple Day. Besides being a pretty color (C’s favorite color, in fact), it’s a day set aside to increase awareness of epilepsy, ” a condition that affects over 65 million people globally.” Apparently, lavender is the international color for epilepsy, and also symbolizes solitude.

We had a nice day of not doing much of anything yesterday. It’s always good to have a day of rest.

This morning, we are getting ready for our worship gathering at The Exchange. We meet at 10:15 at the Northpark YMCA, at 9100 N. Beach Street in Fort Worth, TX.

I shall now perpend on some scriptures.

TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL AND PRAYERS

The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom; all those who practice it have a good understanding. His praise endures forever!
Psalm 111:10
that they may know that you alone, whose name is the LORD, are the Most High over all the earth.
Psalm 83:18
Blessed be the LORD, the God of Israel, who alone does wondrous things. 
Blessed be his glorious name forever; may the whole earth be filled with his glory! Amen and Amen!

Psalm 72:18-19
The stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone.
Psalm 118:22
In you, O LORD, do I take refuge; let me never be put to shame! 
In your righteousness deliver me and rescue me; incline your ear to me, and save me! 
Be to me a rock of refuge, to which I may continually come; you have given the command to save me, for you are my rock and my fortress. 
Rescue me, O my God, from the hand of the wicked, from the grasp of the unjust and cruel man. 
For you, O Lord, are my hope, my trust, O LORD, from my youth. 
Upon you I have leaned from before my birth; you are he who took me from my mother’s womb. My praise is continually of you.

Psalm 71:1-6
“Almighty God, you know that we have no power in ourselves to help ourselves: Keep me both outwardly in my body and inwardly in my soul, that I may be defended from all adversities which may happen to the body, and from all evil thoughts which may assault and hurt the soul; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.” (The Divine Hours)

(From Living the Message)

“The Christian’s interest in Scripture has always been in hearing God speak, not in analyzing moral memos.”

That’s all there is to the reading. One sentence. But what a great sentence it is. I know people who pride themselves on their biblical knowledge. I used to be one of those. But that’s not why I read the scriptures any more. Don’t get me wrong . . . knowledge is good; knowledge is necessary. But it’s not the primary reason for reading the Bible. The primary reason for reading the Bible should always be to hear God speak.

The words that I speak to you aren’t mere words. I don’t just make them up on my own. The Father who resides in me crafts each word into a divine act.
John 14:10B (The Message)

Father, help me listen for your voice when I read your words. Guide me more frequently into the “divine acts” that you have crafted in the words of Jesus, so that I may walk in his steps and do the things he says; that I may walk in his easy yoke. Teach me your ways, that I may walk in your truth. Unite my heart to fear your name.
Even so, come, Lord Jesus!

And for anyone who might stumble upon this blog today, I offer this sincere blessing:

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.

Today’s trivia answer: The Vatican, jurisdiction of the Pope, etc.

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