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Songs of Praise (22 November)

Morning Encounter:


After the battle was over that day, Deborah and Barak sang this song:

We praise you, Lord!
Our soldiers volunteered,
    ready to follow you.
 Listen, kings and rulers,
while I sing for the Lord,
    the God of Israel.

 Our Lord, God of Israel,
when you came from Seir,
    where the Edomites live,
rain poured from the sky,
the earth trembled,
    and mountains shook.

(Judges 5.1-5)


Deborah was a leader and prophet in the time of Judges and Barak was the military leader. Their song is considered to be one of the most beautiful and ancient pieces of writing in the Old Testament. Its poetry recalls the victory over the Canaanite army in Judges 4. A cloudburst changed the Kishon region into a torrent of rain, sweeping away the army and their chariots. God had delivered the Israelites again and they celebrate in song as the nation once again worships God and places themselves into his hands.


Allow songs of thankfulness and praise to be your focus throughout this day. 

Midday Meditation:

In Christ alone my hope is found,
He is my light, my strength, my song;
this Cornerstone, this solid Ground,
firm through the fiercest drought and storm.
What heights of love, what depths of peace,
when fears are stilled, when strivings cease!
My Comforter, my All in All, here in the love of Christ I stand.

(From the hymn ‘In Christ Alone’ by Stuart Townend)

Evening Reflection:

You are Christ,
my Holy Father,
my Tender God,
my Great King,
my Good Shepherd,
my Only Master,
my Best Helper,
my Most Beautiful and my Beloved,
my Living Bread,
my Priest Forever,
my Leader to my Country,
my True Light,
my Holy Sweetness,
my Straight Way,
my Excellent Wisdom,
my Pure Simplicity,
my Peaceful Harmony,
my Entire Protection,
my Good Portion,
my Everlasting Salvation. (Prayer of St. Augustine)

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