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.

A New Song, to Tell of Your Salvation--July 6, 2016

We sing a new song, to you, O God,
sing a new song and bless your name.
We have stayed long enough in one place,
debating whether you are so unjust as to make
us do wrong, or it is of our own volition that we sin.
Jesus lamented the people who would not come to him,
wanted to gather them under his wings, but they would not.
We sing a new song and tell of your salvation, from day to day.

Lectionary Readings
Ps. 96; 147:1-11; 132; 134
Deut. 1:1-18
Rom. 9:1-18
Matt. 23:27-39
Selected Verses
Ps. 96:1-2
 O sing to the LORD a new song;
          sing to the LORD, all the earth.
Sing to the LORD, bless his name;
          tell of his salvation from day to day. 

Deut. 1:6
The LORD our God spoke to us at Horeb, saying, "You have stayed long enough at this mountain.  …"

Rom. 9:14
What then are we to say?  Is there injustice on God's part?  By no means! 

Matt. 23:37
"Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the city that kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to it!  How often have I desired to gather your children together as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, and you were not willing!  …"  [Jesus]

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