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.

You, only You, God--Apr. 14, 2016


You are our God, you, only you,
in whom we live our lives,
whom only we worship,
who daily bears us up,
whom only we serve;
you are our salvation.

Lectionary Readings
Ps. 47; 147:12-20; 68; 113
Exod. 20:1-21
Col. 1:24-2:7
Matt. 4:1-11

Selected Verses
Ps. 68:19
Blessed be the Lord,
          who daily bears us up;
          God is our salvation.  Selah 

Exod. 20:2-3
I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery; you shall have no other gods before me.

Col. 2:6
As you therefore have received Christ Jesus the Lord, continue to live your lives in him…

Matt. 4:10
Jesus said to [the devil], "Away with you, Satan! for it is written, 'Worship the Lord your God, and serve only him.'" 

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