Posts Tagged 'Psalm 34'

Proper 25/Ordinary 30 2015 – Psalm 34:19, 22

Friday, October 23, 2015 

Psalm 34:19, 22 – Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the LORD rescues them from them all.  The LORD redeems the life of his servants; none of those who take refuge in him will be condemned.

We are reminded this morning that our path through this life is not promised to be smooth and free of woe or trouble.  But, we can rest assured that God is always with us.

Ever-present God, help us to stay on the path that we sense you are placing before us.  Amen.

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Proper 25/Ordinary 30 2015 – Psalm 34:7-8

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Psalm 34:7-8The angel of the LORD encamps around those who fear him, and delivers them.  O taste and see that the LORD is good; happy are those who take refuge in him. 

As I read those verses, one of those survivalist shows was playing on the television in the next room.  I imagined myself alone in the wilderness, but when I looked out of my shelter, everywhere I looked there was a tent with God in it.

Almighty God, help us to experience your never-ending presence in palpable ways.  Amen.

Proper 25/Ordinary 30 2015 – Psalm 34:3-5

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Psalm 34:3-5O magnify the LORD with me, and let us exalt his name together.  I sought the LORD, and he answered me, and delivered me from all my fears.  Look to the LORD, and be radiant; so your faces shall never be ashamed.

I firmly believe that people catch a glimpse of God every time they look in our faces.  Our passage today suggests that the face they should see is one that is glowing, joyful, even beaming.

Gracious God, may people we meet today feel your grace and presence emanating from us.  Amen.

Proper 16/Ordinary 21 2015 – Psalm 34:17-18

Monday, August 17, 2015 

King Solomon brings the ark of the covenant of LORD to Jerusalem and places it in the temple he has built, and we continue to read powerful messages in Paul’s letter to the Ephesians in our selections this week which include: 1 Kings 8:(1,6,10-11), 22-30, 41-43 and Psalm 84, Joshua 24:1-2a, 14-18 and Psalm 34:15-22, Ephesians 6:10-20, and John 6:56-69. 

Psalm 34:17-18 – When the righteous cry for help, the LORD hears, and rescues them from all their troubles.  The LORD is near to the brokenhearted, and saves the crushed in spirit.

Whether the people you meet today are suffering from a terrible illness, a broken heart, or even just a little blue, you know the Lord is near.  Remember that in your own efforts to help, you are actually partnering with God in the care of that brother or sister.

Creator God, help us in our efforts to bring hope and healing to your children today and every day.  Amen.

Proper 25/Ordinary 30 – Psalm 34:19-20

From Psalm 34:19-20 – Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the LORD rescues them from them all. He keeps their bones; not one of them will be broken.

Long after our flesh has gone, our bones will remain. This passage reminds me that God’s love and care for us transcends this world. While our lives will have pains and trials, we are never left to face those challenges alone.

Prayer:

Steadfast God, thank you for remaining by our side at all times. AMEN.

Proper 15/Ordinary 20 – Psalm 34:11-14

From Psalm 34:11-14 – Come, O children, listen to me; I will teach you the fear of the LORD. Which of you desires life, and covets many days to enjoy good? Keep your tongue from evil, and your lips from speaking deceit. Depart from evil, and do good; seek peace, and pursue it.

Speak the truth. Do good. Seek and pursue peace. Good rules for life.

Prayer:

Understanding God, we want to be truthful peacemakers in your world, but we often fall short of this mark. Thank you for loving us anyway. AMEN.

Proper 14/Ordinary 19 – Psalm 34:5

Look to him, and be radiant; so your faces shall never be ashamed.

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