God of law and God of grace: Our minds are on the commandments you gave through Moses on Mount Sinai, and we hang our heads. You’ve asked little, and we fall so short. We have put other gods before you: money, work, pleasure, and prestige. As we bring our gifts to the altar today, we come with the deepest gratitude for your love that does not let us go, even when we fail. We pray that we may be found by you, far from perfect, but standing on your amazing grace! We ask this in the holy name of Jesus, the Christ. Amen. (Exodus 20:1-4, 7-9, 12-20)
Prayers by Ken Sloan. Copyright General Board of Discipleship. www.GBOD.org Used by permission."
Wednesday, November 14, 2012
A Prayer for Protection, a Reflection on Psalm 16
Verse 4 of Psalm 16 reminds us that choosing another god doesn't work out well for people. Verses 5 and 6 are a reminder that the Lord has shown us the way to life, to fullness of joy, and eternal happiness, as well as an expression of appreciation for all that.
We've read Mark and Daniel this week warning of what's coming. While we are waiting for the apocalypse, we need to remember the rest of the psalm, as well.
The psalmist is not afraid. He trusts the Lord to continue to care for the faithful (10-11).
For more, go to Working Preacher to read commentary on this psalm by Hans Wiersma or an earlier commentary by Mark Throntveit