I will sing to you, Lord, for you have dealt bountifully with me.
Invitatory Psalm 84
How lovely is your dwelling place, O Lord of hosts!
My soul longs, indeed it faints for the courts of the Lord;
my heart and my flesh sing for joy to the living God.
Even the sparrow finds a home, and the swallow for herself
where she may lay her you, at your altars, O Lord of hosts, my Ruler and my God.
Happy are those who live in your house, ever singing your praise.
Happy are those whose strength is in you, in whose heart are the highways to Zion.
As they go through the valley of Baca they make it a place of springs;
the early rain also covers it with pools.
They go from strength to strength;
the God of gods will be seen in Zion.
O Lord God of hosts, hear my prayer;
give ear, O God of Jacob!
Behold our shield, O God;
look on the face of your anointed.
For a day in your courts is better than a thousand elsewhere.
I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God
than live in the tents of wickedness.
For the Lord God is a sun and shield;
who bestows favor and honor.
No good thing does the Lord withhold
from those who walk uprightly.
O Lord of hosts,
happy is everyone who trusts in you.
Psalms 9, 10
Daily Lectionary Reading, Jeremiah 28:5-9
5 Then the prophet Jeremiah responded to Hananiah in the presence of the priests and all the people who were standing in the LORD ’s temple. 6 The prophet Jeremiah said: “ Indeed. May the LORD do just as you have said! May the LORD fulfill the words that you have prophesied and bring back from Babylon the equipment of the LORD ’s temple and all the exiles to this place. 7 However, listen closely to what I have to say to you and all the people: 8 The prophets who came before you and me long ago prophesied war, disaster, and disease against many lands and great kingdoms. 9 So the prophet who prophesies peace is recognized as one who is actually sent by the LORD only when that prophet’s message is fulfilled. ” [Common English Bible]
As for the prophet who prophesies peace, when the word of that prophet comes true, then it will be known that the Lord has truly sent the prophet(Jeremiah 28:9). [NRSV]
I declare that your steadfast love is established forever; your faithfulness is as firm as the heavens (Psalm 89:2). [NRSV]
Prayer for Today:
O Lord, help us to distinguish your will through the voices of the many who claim to be speaking for you. Help us always to demonstrate your steadfast love, your faithfulness, and your desire for us to live in peace with each other. Amen.
Midday Psalm 119:9-16
Psalms 6, 7, 8