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 Take Pleasure in the Humble--May 7, 2016


God, you take pleasure
in those who are humble,
those who seek no honors
for themselves, those who
find peace in Christ, who
breaks down walls
of hostility.

There are
many ways to testify
about his works and about
his love, but remind us of the
power of what we do, as well
as the power of what we say.

Lectionary Readings
Ps. 92; 149; 23; 114
Num. 11:16-17, 24-29
Eph. 2:11-22
Matt. 7:28-8:4
       
Selected Verses
Ps. 149:4
 For the LORD takes pleasure in his people;
          he adorns the humble with victory. 

Num. 11:29
But Moses said to [Joshua], "Are you jealous for my sake?  Would that all the Lord's people were prophets, and that the LORD would put his spirit on them!"

Eph. 2:14
For [Christ] is our peace; in his flesh he has made both groups into one and has broken down the dividing wall, that is, the hostility between us.

Matt. 8:4
Then Jesus said to [the leper], "See that you say nothing to anyone; but go, show yourself to the priest, and offer the gift that Moses commanded, as a testimony to them."

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