All your works shall give thanks to you, O Lord, and all your faithful shall bless you.
They shall speak of the glory of your kingdom, and tell of your power,
to make known to all people your mighty deeds, and the glorious splendor of your kingdom.
Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and your dominion endures throughout all generations. The Lord is faithful in all his words, and gracious in all his deeds.
The Lord upholds all who are falling, and raises up all who are bowed down.
The eyes of all look to you, and you give them their food in due season.
You open your hand, satisfying the desire of every living thing.
The Lord is just in all his ways, and kind in all his doings.
The Lord is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth.
Food For Thought:
The line that stands out to me in this passage of Scripture is: “The Lord is near to all who call on him.” Think of a time in your life that you have called on God. How did God respond? Do you feel that God responded to your needs? Sometimes we aren’t given what we want by God but what we need. How does this make you feel to know that God doesn’t respond to our every want but to our needs? One of my seminary professors explained that many of us have a cosmic bellhop view of God. We ask God for something and we expect God to deliver it and to deliver it right now. But that’s not a theologically sound view of God. Over my lifetime, I have prayed for some very selfish things—many of us have. I am thankful that God didn’t respond to those prayers by fulfilling them because they would have made me more distant from God rather than closer.
you are the giver of wisdom and true discernment,
guiding those who seek your ways to choose the good.
Mercifully grant that your people,
feasting on the true bread of heaven,
may have eternal life in Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
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