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.

Good, but Not Sufficient--April 29, 2017

It is good to give you thanks, O God,
to sing praises to your name, O Most High;
to declare your steadfast love in the morning,
and your faithfulness by night.

Thanks and praise do not suffice;
we must also worship you, and only you;
and we must serve you, which we do by serving
and loving others in truth and action.

Lectionary Readings
Ps. 92; 149; 23; 114
Dan. 3:19-30
1 John 3:11-18
Luke 4:1-13    

Selected Verses
Ps. 92:1-2

It is good to give thanks to the LORD,
          to sing praises to your name, O Most High;
to declare your steadfast love in the morning,
          and your faithfulness by night…

Dan. 3:28
Nebuchadnezzar said, "Blessed be the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, who has sent his angel and delivered his servants who trusted in him.  They disobeyed the king’s command and yielded up their bodies rather than serve and worship any god except their own God.  …"

1 John 3:17-18
How does God’s love abide in anyone who has the world’s goods and sees a brother or sister in need and yet refuses help?  Little children, let us love, not in word or speech, but in truth and action.

Luke 4:8
Jesus answered [the devil], "It is written, 'Worship the Lord your God, and serve only him.'"

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