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.

Humble Our Hearts before You--May 4, 2017


O God, you give the desolate a home to live in,
and you lead out the prisoners to prosperity,
but the rebellious live in a parched land.
Even though we know that if we ask
anything according to your will,
you will hear us, we often
work all night in vain.
Humble our hearts
before you.

Lectionary Readings
Ps. 47; 147:12-20; 68; 113
Dan. 5:13-30
1 John 5:13-21
Luke 5:1-11    

Selected Verses
Ps. 68:6
 God gives the desolate a home to live in;
          he leads out the prisoners to prosperity,
          but the rebellious live in a parched land.

Dan. 5:22-23a
"…And you, Belshazzar his son, have not humbled your heart, even though you knew all this!  You have exalted yourself against the Lord of heaven!  …"[Daniel, when called to read the writing on the wall] 

1 John 5:14
And this is the boldness we have in [the Son of God], that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. 

Luke 5:5
Simon answered [Jesus], "Master, we have worked all night long but have caught nothing.  Yet if you say so, I will let down the nets." 

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