Suggested Reading: Psalms 7-8
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Key Verses: Psalm 8:1a (and 8:9)
O Lord, our Lord, How excellent is Your name in all the earth.”
The shepherd king, David, sang the words of Psalm 7 “to the Lord.” Imagine singing of persecution, tearing apart like a lion, being trampled upon, etc. Somehow when we sing in our pain, it makes it more bearable, particularly when we also sing “My defence is of God,” Who is, “angry with the wicked every day” (Psalm 7:10-11). When in trouble, sing of God’s excellence. One of the benefits of an early morning start to our devotions is the time alone with God. There’s no rush. The telephone is not ringing. No one is texting you or knocking on the door. Therefore, since we have the time, I recommend that we listen to an excellent singer, Larnell Harris, singing, “How Excellent is Thy Name O Lord” (click here). Larnell has often appeared over the years on 100 Huntley Street, singing of the excellence of the Lord!
PRAYER FOR TODAY:
“O LORD MY GOD, IN YOU I PUT MY TRUST!” O Lord, I commit to praying the prayers of David throughout my devotions daily in the Psalms. I thank You that while I pray spontaneously most of the time, I also find that it often helps me focus more intensely when I read prayers directly from Scripture or those prayers written by men and women who love and serve You passionately. I pray Your blessing and provision for all my fellow blog followers! Amen!!!
100 PERSONAL WORDS:
This past Sunday, I participated in worship at St. George’s Anglican Church, a congregation which meets in the chapel at the Crossroads Centre here in Burlington. The Rector is Rev. Ray David Glenn. I performed the wedding for Ray David and Rhonda a number of years ago. Rhonda was my co-host on 100 Huntley Street television, and in 2010 she passed into the immediate presence of the Lord. In preparation for partaking in communion at the Sunday service, we read together the following prayer, “Lord God, we have sinned against You; we have done evil in Your sight. We are sorry and repent. Have mercy on us according to Your love. Wash away our wrongdoing and cleanse us from our sin. Renew a right spirit within us and restore us to the joy of Your salvation, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.”
On Tuesday of this week, I hosted on television, along with our Chairman of the Crossroads Board of Directors, Don Simmonds, the introduction of our new Chief Executive Officer, Dr. John Hull. John served well as the Pastor of The People’s Church Toronto, from 1993 to 2000. If you can take the time, please watch this interview (click here). Also, HERE is the press release from Crossroads about this change. I believe with all my heart that this organizational move is in God’s perfect will. While Don Simmonds has stepped aside as CEO, he retains the Chairmanship of the organization. Don’s wife, Faye, is not well. Please pray for her complete recovery. Amen!!!
Yours because of the “excellence” of the Name of the Lord “In all the earth,”