Dancing with God

Tuesdays: The Hebrew “Writings”

2 Samuel 5—6

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The dance of David before the Ark expresses the energy released in spontaneous worship. There is joy, for the Ark finally arrives at a fixed place for worship. As the hands of a clock move freely about the center point, so does David find extravagant expression as he reels about while grounded in the joy of the presence of God centered in his life.

Michal criticizes David. She wastes her time judging him, instead of entering into the source of his joy. The same will happen to you, if you criticize and judge others. As a downward spiral, energies will go inward and bind, instead of spiraling outward in joyous expression.

Find a place in your house where you especially find the presence of God—a prayer closet, a special chair—some place where you find yourself drawn to be in God’s presence, where your spirit can dance.

The Reading for Today
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Bible Breaths
What are these?
Finding You in everything vv. 11-12
Joyous dance in Your presence v. 14
Lord, protect me from envy. v. 16
You chose me to serve you, Lord. v. 21

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This is the fifth of thirteen weeks in Kingdomtide, Year A.
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Tuesdays are dedicated the Hebrew “Writings.”

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Affliction and Comfort

Mondays: The Prophets
Isaiah 33

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Isaiah is like a great symphony. There are majestic tones of glory and promise of messianic deliverance, as well as somber ones of judgment and call to repentance. Both of these contrast with each other in this chapter. A glorious expansion of the heart comes with the assurance of the reign of peace and justice; then there come strong admonitions to the complacent. Notice the future tense used—what God is going to do in Jesus. Isaiah speaks the words of promise; there are only two months until Advent.

These two themes in counterpoint remind me of a phrase I once heard about the prophets: “They came to comfort the afflicted and to afflict the comfortable.”

Appreciate vv. 16-18. Dwellings will be secure—very close to the promise of Jesus in John’s Gospel to those who keep the Word: “We [the Father and Jesus] will come to him and make Our home with him” (14:23).

The Reading for Today
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Bible Breaths
What are these?
You, a stream in the desert v. 2
You a rock: shade from the sun v. 2
With You, Lord, all comes to life v. 15
Your people living in peace v. 18

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Mondays are dedicated to the Prophets; in this season, we continue reading Isaiah.

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The Cross: Near or Far?

Sundays: The Gospels from the Lectionary
Matthew 21:23-32

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One act of surrender to Jesus is worth more than a million words of promise. Think of the “Good Thief” on the cross. His act of love for Jesus and repentance of sinfulness won him full entry into paradise in the final moment of his life. All the Jewish leaders were restless with preparing other paschal lambs for Passover, blind to the power of the Paschal Lamb whose saving blood was already flowing from the cross.

What decisions do you make that reveal whether you are spending your life for the One who spent his life for you? It is not what you say, but what you do that defines surrender. Is what you do in life tending to have you cling to the cross—or are you sometimes far away from it, busy about other kingdoms?

The Reading for Today
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Bible Breaths
What are these?
Not by words, but by my deeds v. 29
Give me purity of heart v. 32
Longing for Your kingdom, Lord
Your life for me, mine for You

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This is the fifth of thirteen weeks in Kingdomtide, Year A.
See “Solar and Sacred Seasons” in the menu above.
Sundays are dedicated to the Gospels from
The Revised Common Lectionary.

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