I am an emeritus professor from Cornell University and was a Commissioned Lay Preacher in the Presbyterian Church (USA). For many years I have followed the Daily Lectionary as printed in the Mission Yearbook of my church. For each day of a two-year cycle, the lectionary lists four psalms and three other scriptural passages--usually one from the Old Testament and two from the New Testament. My practice is to copy down a verse or two from one of the psalms and from each of the other three passages. After I have written out all four selections, I reflect upon them, rearrange their order, and incorporate them into a meditation. Sometimes I retain much of the original wording; sometimes all that remains of a selection is an idea that was stimulated when I read the original words. All selections are from the New Revised Standard Version of the Bible. For the Daily Lectionary, see the link below.

Tie up the Strong Man--Aug. 5, 2012

God, you are our shepherd;
because you are, we shall not want.
Let me not fret when misfortune comes,
asking why you let it happen to me.

Save me from yearning for bye-gone days,
and grant me the assurance that you will supply
what I really need, and you will increase
the harvest of righteousness.

Enter the strong man's house and tie him up,
that I may be free to do your will.

Lectionary Readings

Ps. 108; 150; 66; 23
Judg. 6:1-24
2 Cor. 9:6-15
Mark 3:20-30

Selected Verses

Ps. 23:1
The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not want.

Judg. 6:13a,b
Gideon answered [the angel of the LORD], "But sir, if the LORD is with us, why then has all this happened to us? And where are all his wonderful deeds that our ancestors recounted to us…"

2 Cor. 9:10
He who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will supply and multiply your seed for sowing and increase the harvest of your righteousness.

Mark 3:27
"…But no one can enter a strong man's house and plunder his property without first tying up the strong man; then indeed the house can be plundered. …" [Jesus to the crowd and the scribes who accused him of having Beelzebul]


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Thank you.
I needed these words today.

Elmer E. Ewing said...

It is kind of you to say so, and I am glad you found them helpful.