GPS: March 20, 2015

By March 20, 2015Devotional

Today’s Scripture:

Psalm 118

O give thanks to the Lord, for he is good;
    his steadfast love endures forever!

 Let Israel say,
    “His steadfast love endures forever.”
 Let the house of Aaron say,
    “His steadfast love endures forever.”
 Let those who fear the Lord say,
    “His steadfast love endures forever.”

 Out of my distress I called on the Lord;
    the Lord answered me and set me in a broad place.
 With the Lord on my side I do not fear.
    What can mortals do to me?
 The Lord is on my side to help me;
    I shall look in triumph on those who hate me.
 It is better to take refuge in the Lord
    than to put confidence in mortals.

 It is better to take refuge in the Lord
    than to put confidence in princes.

 All nations surrounded me;
    in the name of the Lord I cut them off!
 They surrounded me, surrounded me on every side;
    in the name of the Lord I cut them off!
 They surrounded me like bees;
    they blazed like a fire of thorns;
    in the name of the Lord I cut them off!
 I was pushed hard, so that I was falling,
    but the Lord helped me.
 The Lord is my strength and my might;
    he has become my salvation.

 There are glad songs of victory in the tents of the righteous:
“The right hand of the Lord does valiantly;
     the right hand of the Lord is exalted;
    the right hand of the Lord does valiantly.”
 I shall not die, but I shall live,
    and recount the deeds of the Lord.
 The Lord has punished me severely,
    but he did not give me over to death.

 Open to me the gates of righteousness,
    that I may enter through them
    and give thanks to the Lord.

 This is the gate of the Lord;
    the righteous shall enter through it.

 I thank you that you have answered me
    and have become my salvation.
 The stone that the builders rejected
    has become the chief cornerstone.
 This is the Lord’s doing;
    it is marvelous in our eyes.
 This is the day that the Lord has made;
    let us rejoice and be glad in it.
 Save us, we beseech you, O Lord!
    O Lord, we beseech you, give us success!

 Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord.
    We bless you from the house of the Lord.
 The Lord is God,
    and he has given us light.
Bind the festal procession with branches,
    up to the horns of the altar.

You are my God, and I will give thanks to you;
    you are my God, I will extol you.

O give thanks to the Lord, for he is good,
    for his steadfast love endures forever.

Food For Thought:

This has always been one of my favorite Psalms. In this Psalm, the writer talks about God’s steadfast love. How do you see God’s steadfast love at work in your life and in the world?


Creator of the universe, 
you made the world in beauty,
 and restore all things in glory 
through the victory of Jesus Christ.
  We pray that, wherever your image is still disfigured
 by poverty, sickness, selfishness, war, and greed, 
the new creation in Jesus Christ may appear in justice, love, and peace,
 to the glory of your name.  In your precious name we pray, Amen.


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