My heart is steadfast, O God,
my heart is steadfast;
I will sing and make melody.
Awake, my soul!
Awake, O harp and lyre!
I will awake the dawn.
I will give thanks to you, O Lord,
among the peoples,
and I will sing praises to you
among the nations.
For your steadfast love is higher
than the heavens,
and your faithfulness reaches
to the clouds.
1 Samuel 12:1-13:23
Samuel told them they were wrong to insist on having a king and to give thought to all that the Lord had already done for them and could continue to do. Who would we rather have authority over our lives?
When King Saul and his army were camped waiting battle against tens of thousands of Philistines, he got tired of waiting for Samuel to preside over the offerings. When Samuel did finally arrive, he was angry that Saul had usurped his priestly duty. He told Saul that his kingship was not going to last long.
Jesus said that the world hated him because he testified against evil acts. When some religious people criticized him, he responded by accusing them of not adhering to God's law.
A gentle tongue is a tree of life,
but perseverence in it breaks the spirit
Prayer for Today: O Lord, help us to recognize your will and to follow it. Amen.