Today’s WORD (Text) Psalm 118:26-29
26/ Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord. We bless you from the house of the Lord. 27/ The Lord is God, and he has given us light. Bind the festal procession with branches, up to the horns of the altar. 28/ You are my God, and I will give thanks to you; you are my God, I will extol you. 29/ O give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever.
One of the constants in the Judeo-Christian traditions is humankind’s ongoing subjection to threats, including the confrontations between different nations and tribes related to land, personal property, human freedom, injustices, freedom of worship, and more. Another constant in antiquity was that Yahweh came to the defense of the faithful and delivered them from their troubles, and from all their enemies. On the festive occasion of the Messiah’s entry to the Capital City, there was the promise and the hope that the good Lord, whose steadfast love always endures, would deliver the people from threats. Here we are thousands of years later, as followers of Christ, and we continue to call upon God for deliverance from trouble. So then, not only are threats a constant, and the petitions of the people a constant; but the faithfulness of Yahweh is constant, praise the Lord.
To what extent, if any, is your understanding of God shaped or influenced by your personal experiences with troubles, trials, or tribulations?
Dear God, on this week we thank you for entering into history in times of great trouble to confront threats that are beyond our ability to defeat. Thank you for faithfully defending all those who call upon you throughout human history. Stand, we pray, with those who have suffered and who have trusted you. Have mercy on us also in these times we are living in. We bless you and praise your holy name for your steadfast love, in the Name of Jesus, Amen.
The Passionary Intention
Today, I choose to live my life with passion. Today, I intend to follow Christ more nearly, love more dearly and incarnate God’s grace more clearly by asking myself three questions:
- Where will I follow Christ today?
- To whom shall I demonstrate Jesus’ love and justice today?
- How can I play my part in practicing the presence of Christ, right here, right now?
The Passionary Movement Word and Witness devotion is published weekdays (Monday – Friday). Dr. Jeffrey Haggray, Executive Director of American Baptist Home Mission Societies is the author of today’s devotion.
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