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Thursday, March 20, 2014

Prayer and Meditation on Psalm 27:5-8

Psalm 27:5-8

I have sought after You, O Precious Father, because You first sought after me. When
You said, “Seek ye my face,” it was like You had said “Let there be light,” for my
heart immediately responded, “Thy face, Lord, will I seek.”

It was Your powerful command that caused the light to shine our of darkness on the
first day of Your wonderful creation, and it was Your powerful command that shined
into my heart, to give the light of the knowledge of God in the face of Jesus Christ.
“Follow me,” was Your powerful command to that tax collector, who immediately rose
up, left all, and followed Jesus.

For we confess, O Lord, that we did not choose You, but You chose us for Your own
glorious purpose before the world ever began. You saved us and called us with an holy
calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which
was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began.”

Therefore we must not fear in the day of trouble, for You will hide us in Your holy
tabernacle which the world cannot know, for it is hidden from them. There we stand
upon the solid rock of Christ who can never be moved.

There, in Your church, we offer up to You the spiritual sacrifices, coming from our
whole body, soul, and spirit—sacrifices of thanksgiving and praise. We also offer up to
You our very bodies, for we have not really offered ourselves to You unless we give
You our bodies, for that is our reasonable service.

This brings great joy to our hearts, O Lord, and we sing praises to You, bubbling up on
our hearts because of Your mercy and grace. For we believe You, O Precious Father,
for You will hear us when we cry to Your for mercy, and You will answer us.

Through Jesus Christ our Lord You have made us vessels of mercy from Adam’s sinful
clay. So we bless You, our blessed God and precious Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,
which according to Your abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by
the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.”

We praise and magnify Your Name, O most High God, in the Name of Your Son,
Jesus of Nazareth. Amen.
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