A Song of Victory

Wednesday, January 15
Psalm 7

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David finds a time and a place of respite in his flight from King Saul and his retinue that are pursuing David. Once again, he discovers by faith that the God of his heart will prevail. All that frightens David flees from him. He stops, gathers strength in this psalm given to him and to us by the Holy Spirit.

Take time apart today to pray this psalm over and over until its cumulative effect has all fears leave, bringing you to full awareness of the deep truths of the psalm. The power of God will lead you to safety.

Jesus emerges from the chaotic waters and is ready to bring victory. He is God’s beloved Son; listen to him. The Holy Spirit of God is praying this song of victory deep within you.

The Reading for Today
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Bible Breaths
Taking refuge in my God v. 1
You test the mind and the heart. v. 9
Giving thanks to You, O Lord.
Praises to Your holy name v. 17

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This is the Second Week in Epiphany, Year A.
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Wednesdays are dedicated to the Psalms,
one each week over the three-year cycle.

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Into the Center of the Future

Monday, January 13
Isaiah 7

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If you yield to the Lord, God will do more with you than what you embrace with your conscious mind alone. When Isaiah made this famous prophecy about the virgin to Ahaz, king of Judah, he wanted to assure the king, frightened about the power of enemies all about, that a little child to come would be the source of victory. However Isaiah’s prophecy reaches deep into the very center of the future; it is the Messiah of whom he speaks. Though the rest of the chapter speaks of devastation, Ahaz, you and I need to remember the name given to the child of promise to come: Immanuel: “God-with-us.” The child of the Virgin Mary is the spark igniting the new fire of God’s powerful intercession against every enemy in all history. Jesus has come. Trust in his power, even though for you, as for Ahaz, times of loss and trial may be coming against you.

The Reading for Today
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Bible Breaths
Standing firm in faithfulness v. 9
The woman being with child v. 14
“God with us”— Emmanuel v. 14
Choose good, refusing evil. v. 15

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What is in Front—Not Behind

Saturday, January 11
Exodus 13:17—14:14

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God led the people by wilderness—empty space where God can speak to hearts. The people do the first of what would often happen during the next forty years: they complain. Just as Peter who walked on water, but soon doubted and fell, so do the hearts of the Israelites sink as they see nothing but disaster coming behind them in the army of Pharaoh galloping toward them. See the dust clouds in the distance; hear the strident noises and rumbling of the chariots. The enemy is coming! The Hebrews are distracted from the pillar of fire and the cloud before them, mindful only of the disaster pressing from behind. They have no notion of how God is going to open the Red Sea before them.

Jesus, the New Moses, encourages you to keep your eyes in front of you where God’s salvation is ever coming. Don’t pay attention to the noises of the Enemy behind. Your miracle is coming!

The Reading for Today
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Bible Breaths
Cloud by day and fire by night 13:21
“Do not be afraid: stand firm.” 14:13
“Keeping still: the Lord will fight. 14:14
You ever make me way.

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Saturdays are dedicated to the Sabbath Torah portions
read in synagogues throughout the world.
This plan follows those traditions that take a third of the portion
over a three year cycle, this year, the third part.
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