GPS: April 27

By April 27, 2014Devotional

Today’s Scripture:

 

Exodus 3:1-15

Moses was keeping the flock of his father-in-law Jethro, the priest of Midian; he led his flock beyond the wilderness, and came to Horeb, the mountain of God. There the angel of the Lord appeared to him in a flame of fire out of a bush; he looked, and the bush was blazing, yet it was not consumed. Then Moses said, “I must turn aside and look at this great sight, and see why the bush is not burned up.” When the Lord saw that he had turned aside to see, God called to him out of the bush, “Moses, Moses!” And he said, “Here I am.” Then he said, “Come no closer! Remove the sandals from your feet, for the place on which you are standing is holy ground.” He said further, “I am the God of your father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.” And Moses hid his face, for he was afraid to look at God.  Then the Lord said, “I have observed the misery of my people who are in Egypt; I have heard their cry on account of their taskmasters. Indeed, I know their sufferings, and I have come down to deliver them from the Egyptians, and to bring them up out of that land to a good and broad land, a land flowing with milk and honey, to the country of the Canaanites, the Hittites, the Amorites, the Perizzites, the Hivites, and the Jebusites. The cry of the Israelites has now come to me; I have also seen how the Egyptians oppress them. So come, I will send you to Pharaoh to bring my people, the Israelites, out of Egypt.”  But Moses said to God, “Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh, and bring the Israelites out of Egypt?” He said, “I will be with you; and this shall be the sign for you that it is I who sent you: when you have brought the people out of Egypt, you shall worship God on this mountain.” But Moses said to God, “If I come to the Israelites and say to them, ‘The God of your ancestors has sent me to you,’ and they ask me, ‘What is his name?’ what shall I say to them?” God said to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM.” He said further, “Thus you shall say to the Israelites, ‘I AM has sent me to you.’“ God also said to Moses, “Thus you shall say to the Israelites, ‘The Lord, the God of your ancestors, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, has sent me to you’: This is my name forever, and this my title for all generations.

Food For Thought:

This is one of the most familiar passages of Scripture.  Read back through the passage and listen to it anew.  Write down the words that stick out to you.  Let them seep into your soul.   My favorite church song is Here I am, Lord.    It is one of the songs that I sang all the time growing up.   I still get teary-eyed as I sing it as an adult.  Here are the lyrics:

 

I, the Lord of sea and sky,
I have heard my people cry.
All who dwell in dark and sin,
My hand will save.

I, who made the stars of night,
I will make their darkness bright.
Who will bear My light to them?

Who shall I send?

Chorus
Here I am, Lord. Is it I, Lord?
I have heard You calling in the night.
I will go, Lord. If You lead me.
I will hold, Your people in my heart.

I, the Lord of snow and rain,
I have borne My people’s pain.
I have wept for love of them,

They run away.

I will break their hearts of stone;
Give them hearts for love alone.
I will speak My word to them.

Whom shall I send?

Chorus

Here I am, Lord. Is it I, Lord?
I have heard You Calling in the night.
I will go, Lord. If You lead me.
I will hold Your people in my heart.

I, the Lord of wind and flame,
I will tend the poor and lame,
I will set a feast for them,

My hand will save.

Finest bread I will provide,
Till their hearts be satisfied.
I will give My life to them.

Whom shall I send?

Chorus

Here I am, Lord. Is it I, Lord?
I have heard You calling in the night
I will go, Lord. If You lead me.
I will hold Your people in my heart.
I will hold Your people in my heart.

Words and Music by Dan Schutte, 1981

I love the words, Here I Am, Lord.   How can you respond with a Here I am, Lord response to a situation today?

Prayer:

God, you are the power of liberation, calling your servant Moses to lead your people into freedom, and giving him the wisdom to proclaim your holy law.  Be our Passover from the land of injustice.  Be the light that leads us to the perfect rule of love, that we may be citizens of your unfettered reign.  We ask this through Jesus Christ, the pioneer of our salvation. In your precious name we pray, Amen.

 

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