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.
In the Inward Being, Truth--July 15, 2016

When we are overcome by evil, we deny our sin,
and in our inward being, there is no truth.
Remind us, dear God, that when
we come before you,
we stand on holy ground.
Teach us wisdom in our secret heart,
that we may learn to overcome evil with good.

Lectionary Readings
Ps. 51; 148; 142; 65
Josh. 4:19-5:1, 10-15
Rom. 12:9-21
Matt. 26:17-25
Selected Verses
Ps. 51:6
You desire truth in the inward being;
          therefore teach me wisdom in my secret heart. 

Josh. 5:15
The commander of the army of the LORD said to Joshua, "Remove the sandals from your feet, for the place where you stand is holy."  And Joshua did so.

Rom. 12:21
Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.

Matt. 26:25
Judas, who betrayed [Jesus], said, "Surely not I, Rabbi?"  He replied, "You have said so."

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