Psalm 23 (29 July 2020)

Morning Encounter:

Read:

You are true to your name, and you lead me along the right paths.

(Psalm 23.3)
 

Reflect: 

God alone is our true north. He alone can lead us in ways that are right and good for us. Right paths are those that lead us to him. However in our weakness we are often tempted astray and as the hymn ‘Come Thou Font of Every Blessing’ says: ‘prone to wander, Lord, I feel it, prone to leave the God I love.‘ Which wrong roads or paths have you taken recently? Lord please lead us in good ways today and forgive our weakness and shortcomings.

Respond: 

Confession is a wonderful gift to us when we have wandered. Confess wrong attitudes, thoughts and actions before God today and if it would be helpful – to a friend or someone else that you trust.

‘Precious Saviour, why do I fear your scrutiny? Yours is an examen of love. Still, I am afraid…afraid of what may surface. Even so, I invite you to search me to the depths so that I may know myself – and you – in fuller measure.’ (Richard Foster, Prayer)

Midday Meditation:

Be thou my wisdom and Thou my true word;
I ever with Thee and Thou with me, Lord.
Thou my great Father, I, Thy true son.
Thou in me dwelling and I with Thee one.  

(From the Hymn ‘Be Thou My Vision’)

Evening Reflection:

I pray to you, Lord! Please listen when I pray and hurry to help me.
Think of my prayer as sweet-smelling incense, and think of my lifted hands as an evening sacrifice. 

(From Psalm 141)

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