Today is Sunday, September 16, 2018. Day 22,102.
Twenty days until Galveston!!
“I wanna hang a map of the world in my house. Then I’m gonna put pins into all the locations that I’ve traveled to. But first, I’m gonna have to travel to the top two corners of the map so it won’t fall down.” ~ Mitch Hedberg, 1968-2005, The Quotations Page
The word for today is tunesmith, ” a person who composes popular music or songs.”
The Night of Worship, last night, was great! I don’t believe there were as many people as last time, but we didn’t advertise it so much at our own church, this time. There was a nice crowd from Mount Zion Baptist Church, and they seemed to respond well. The only downer was that Terry, our Exchange worship leader, was coming down with something, and by the end of the night, had no voice left. So Brandon and I covered for him in the last song we did. The funny thing is that we didn’t change the key, which made it a bit of a struggle for both of us. It was a good time, though, and an awesome time of worship.
The Red Sox beat the Mets 5-3 to make their record 102-47. Rick Porcello notched his seventeenth win. To add to our joy, the Blue Jays beat the Yankees, which knocked the magic number down to four! The Sox are 10.5 games ahead of the Yankees. One more game with the Mets this afternoon. Thirteen games left.
The Rangers came back and beat the Padres 6-3 to make their record 64-84. They play San Diego again this afternoon. They have fourteen games left.
There are two weeks of regular season baseball left. The Indians have become the first team to clinch their division. No team has even clinched a Wild Card spot in the National League.
We are getting ready for our worship gathering this morning. We worship with The Exchange Church, which meets at the Northpark YMCA, at 9100 N. Beach Street in Fort Worth. Our worship gathering begins at 10:15.
TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL AND PRAYERS
All Scriptures are from the ESV unless otherwise noted
In the middle of one of my favorite Psalms is this verse.
But you, O Lord, are a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness.
What a beautiful truth. God is merciful and gracious. He abounds in steadfast love and faithfulness. I’ve mentioned before that “steadfast love” is translated “mercy” in some translations. The definition of “abound” is “exist in large numbers or amounts.” In truth, the Lord’s steadfast love and faithfulness are never-ending.
But ours, sadly, are not. Our steadfast love, mercy, graciousness, and faithfulness all have their limits. Because we are not God. And we don’t have anything in infinite quantities.
But if we walk in Christ, and walk in God’s Kingdom, we can at least exhibit some of the character of Christ. That’s the challenge. Because all of those things that threaten our mercy and grace, our steadfast love and faithfulness, come screaming at us on a daily basis. Sometimes, they are trivial things; sometimes, they are serious things.
One way to fight against these is prayer. Praying a Psalm like Psalm 86 would be a tremendous help. It also includes verses like the one I chose for my “life verse” a couple decades ago.
Teach me your way, O LORD, that I may walk in your truth; unite my heart to fear your name.
You can’t possibly go wrong praying that verse! And I pray it, if not daily, at least several times a week.
We can also pray some of Paul’s prayers for each other. Like this one:
May you be strengthened with all power, according to his glorious might, for all endurance and patience with joy, giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in light.
And we can count on His promises, such as this one found in 2 Peter 3:9.
The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance.
So. Pray for yourself, praying Psalms back to God, acknowledging His steadfast love, kindness, graciousness, and faithfulness. Pray for Him to teach you. Then pray for someone else that you know, that they would be strengthened in His power, according to His glorious might. Then rest on His promises, knowing that he will fulfill them, and, most importantly, that He is patient toward you.
Father, I thank You and praise You for Your steadfast love and faithfulness; faithfulness that transcends my faithfulness, infinitely. I praise You that You are infinitely merciful and kind, and that You are infinitely glorious! I do pray today, Father, that You would teach me Your way, that I may walk in Your truth, and that You would unite my heart to fear Your name. I pray for my brothers and sisters, that they would be strengthened in Your glorious might. And I thank you for Your very great and precious promises, and the promise that You will keep them. You will do what You say You will do.
Even so, 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.