Daily Devotion for August 1, 2010
Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come; Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.
For Thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever and ever.
This song, done here by the Booth Brothers, is an appropriate accompaniment to today's Scripture.
Prayer for the Morning
Lord, teach me to number my days aright, that I may gain wisdom of heart.
Help me do today the things that matter, not to waste the time I have.
The moments I have are precious, Lord, see that I count them dear. Teach me to number my days aright. Fill me this day with your kindness, that I may be glad and rejoice all the days of my life. Through Christ I pray,
Prayer for the Gifts of the Holy Spirit
Christ Jesus, before ascending into heaven, You promised to send the Holy Spirit to Your apostles and disciples.
Grant that the same Spirit may perfect in my life the work of Your grace and love.
Grant me the Spirit of Fear of the Lord that I may be filled with a loving reverence toward You.
the Spirit of Piety that I may find peace and fulfillment in the service of God while serving others;
the Spirit of Fortitude that I may bear my cross with You and, with courage, overcome the obstacles that interfere with my salvation;
the Spirit of Knowledge that I may know You and know myself and grow in holiness;
the Spirit of Understanding to enlighten my mind with the light of Your truth;
the Spirit of Counsel that I may choose the surest way of doing Your will, seeking first the Kingdom;
Grant me the Spirit of Wisdom that I may aspire to the things that last forever;
Teach me to be Your faithful disciple and animate me in every way with Your Spirit.
Finally, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is gracious, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, let me think about these things. What I have learned and received, let me do; and the God of peace be with us all.
(Additional prayers may be found at Prayers for All Occasions.)
God be with you 'til we meet again.
Let them sing before the LORD, for he comes to judge the earth. He will judge the world in righteousness and the peoples with equity.
Ruth 1:8-15 (modified King James)
The Story of Ruth (part 2)
[Naomi is a Hebrew widow, living in the foreign land of Moab with two Moabite daughters in law, who are also widowed.]
Naomi said unto her two daughters in law, Go, return each to her mother's house: may the LORD deal kindly with you, as ye have dealt with the dead, and with me. The LORD grant you that ye may find rest, each of you in the house of her husband. Then she kissed them; and they lifted up their voice, and wept.
And they said unto her, Surely we will return with thee unto thy people. And Naomi said, Turn again, my daughters: why will ye go with me? are there yet any more sons in my womb, that they may be your husbands? Turn again, my daughters, go your way; for I am too old to have an husband.
If I should say, I have hope, if I should have an husband also to night, and should also bear sons; Would ye tarry for them till they were grown? would ye stay for them from having husbands? nay, my daughters; for it grieveth me much for your sakes that the hand of the LORD is gone out against me.
And they lifted up their voice, and wept again: and Orpah kissed her mother in law; but Ruth clave unto her. And Naomi said, Behold, thy sister in law is gone back unto her people, and unto her gods: return thou after thy sister in law.
Notes on the Scripture
Naomi clearly has a strong bond with the two Moabite women her sons had married. When she decides to return to Judah, it is a difficult and emotional break. But although Naomi will be better off in Judah, where the famine has ended and she will be considered a part of her deceased husband's family, the two Moabite women will be better off in Moab.
Naomi has to point out to them that they have much better prospects in Moab. Since they are Moabite by birth, they might be able to find husbands in their native land. Their only hope of finding husbands in Judah would be Naomi, but Naomi has no husband; and even if she had a husband, she is past the age of childbearing; and, even if she had a husband that very night and could conceive sons, the two women would not be able to wait twenty years to marry them.
So they have a tearful realization. Orpah returns to her people, and Naomi tells Ruth to follow Orpah, her sister.