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.

Answer Us with Deliverance--July 5, 2017


O God of our salvation,
answer us with deliverance--
you are the hope of all the world.
When we are in the gall of bitterness
pray stir us up by the teaching of Jesus,
that we may consider what awesome deeds
you have done for us, repent of our wickedness,
and, with all our heart, vow faithfully to serve you.

Lectionary Readings
Ps. 65; 147:1-11; 125; 91
Sam. 12:1-25
Acts 8:14-25
Luke 23:1-12

Selected Verses
Ps. 65:5
By awesome deeds you answer us with deliverance,
          O God of our salvation;
you are the hope of all the ends of the earth
          and of the farthest seas. 

Sam. 12:24
"…Only fear the LORD, and serve him faithfully with all your heart; for consider what great things he has done for you.  …"  [Samuel to the people of Israel] 

Acts 8:22-23
"…Repent therefore of this wickedness of yours, and pray to the Lord that, if possible, the intent of your heart may be forgiven you.  For I see that you are in the gall of bitterness and the chains of wickedness."  [Peter to Simon the magician] 

Luke 23:5
But [the chief priests] were insistent and said [to Pilate], "[Jesus] stirs up the people by teaching throughout all Judea, from Galilee where he began even to this place."

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