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.

Our Heart is Glad in You, O God--May 15, 2016

Our heart is glad in you, O God,
because we trust in your holy name.
Though we have been slaves to the ways
of the world, help us to worship you in spirit
and in truth, for such you seek to worship you.
Fill us with your Holy Spirit—make us bold to
trust in you, live for you, and speak your word.

Lectionary Readings
Ps. 104; 150; 29; 33
Deut. 16:9-12
Acts 4:18-21, 23-33
John 4:19-26
Selected Verses
Ps. 33:21
Our heart is glad in [the LORD],
          because we trust in his holy name. 

Deut. 16:12
Remember that you were a slave in Egypt, and diligently observe these statutes.

Acts 4:31
When [the friends of Peter and John] had prayed, the place in which they were gathered together was shaken; and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke the word of God with boldness.

John 4:23
“…But the hour is coming, and is now here, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father seeks such as these to worship him.  …”  [Jesus to the Samaritan woman]

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