Daily Devotion for June 13, 2021
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.
Our “Virtual Sunday Church ” today joins the West Angeles Church of God in Christ. This jubilant anthem successfully melds a beloved old hymn with a hot tenor saxophone accompaniment. Sing along!
Pass me not, O gentle Savior,
Hear my humble cry;
While on others Thou art calling,
Do not pass me by.
Hear my humble cry,
While on others Thou art calling,
Do not pass me by.
Let me at Thy throne of mercy
Find a sweet relief;
Kneeling there in deep contrition,
Help my unbelief.
Trusting only in Thy merit,
Would I seek Thy face;
Heal my wounded, broken spirit,
Save me by Thy grace.
Thou the spring of all my comfort,
More than life to me,
Whom have I on earth beside Thee,
Whom in Heav’n but Thee.
Music by William H. Doane, 1868
Lyrics by Frances “Fanny” J. Crosby, 1868
For the Spirit of Prayer
Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, oh Lord. Let your Holy Spirit guide me in my prayer and in thought, and grant me the grace to listen and hear your Word. Soften my heart, that I may be directed by your truth, and not the devices of my body and mind. In the name of Christ I ask this,
Confession of Sins, with a Prayer for Contrition and Pardon.
Most merciful God, whose eyes are too pure to behold iniquity, and who has promised forgiveness to all those who confess and forsake their sins; I come before you in a humble sense of my own unworthiness, confessing my many transgressions of your righteous laws. [* Here make a short pause, to remember and confess the sins and failings of the past week.]
But, O gracious Father, who desires not the death of a sinner, look upon me, I beseech you, in mercy, and forgive me for all my transgressions. Make me deeply sensible of the great evil of them; and work in me a hearty repentance; that I may obtain forgiveness at your hands, who is ever ready to receive humble and penitent sinners; for the sake of your Son Jesus Christ, my only Saviour and Redeemer.
I am no longer my own, but yours.
Put me to what you will, rank me with whom you will;
put me to doing, put me to suffering;
let me be employed for you, or laid aside for you,
exalted for you, or brought low for you;
let me be full,
let me be empty,
let me have all things,
let me have nothing:
I freely and wholeheartedly yield all things
to your pleasure and disposal.
And now, glorious and blessed God,
Father, Son and Holy Spirit,
you are mine and I am yours. So be it.
And the covenant now made on earth, let it be ratified in heaven.
Now all glory to you, mighty God, who is able to keep me from falling away and will bring me with great joy into your glorious presence without a single fault. All glory to you who alone are God, our Savior through Jesus Christ our Lord. All glory, majesty, power, and authority are yours before all time, and in the present, and beyond all time,
Think of the day ahead in terms of God with you, and visualize health, strength, guidance, purity, calm confidence, and victory as the gifts of His presence.
Psalm 4:1-3 (NKJV)
Hear me when I call, O God of my righteousness!
You have relieved me in my distress;
Have mercy on me, and hear my prayer.
How long, O you sons of men,
Will you turn my glory to shame?
How long will you love worthlessness
And seek falsehood?
But know that the Lord has set apart for Himself him who is godly;
The Lord will hear when I call to Him.
John 11:20-25 (ESV)
I am the resurrection and the life
hen she heard that Jesus was coming, Martha went and met him: but Mary still sat in the house. And Martha said to Jesus, “Lord, if you had been here, my brother [Lazarus] would not have died. And yet I still know that, whatever you ask of God, God will give you.”
Jesus said, “Your brother will rise again,” and Martha replied, “I know that he will rise again in the resurrection at the last day.”
Jesus then said to her:
“I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believes in me, though he die, yet will he live; and whoever lives and believes in me shall never die.”
Job 19:23-27 (ESV)
But as for me I know that my Redeemer liveth,
And at last he will stand up upon the earth:
And after my skin, even this body, is destroyed,
Then without my flesh shall I see God;
Whom I, even I, shall see, on my side,
And mine eyes shall behold,
and not as a stranger.
Notes on the Scripture
Job is probably the oldest written book in the Bible. It tells of a man, Job, who suffers every kind of torment and expects to die — sick and alone, having lost his wealth, his family, and his position. And yet he echoes something that will not come to fruition for many centuries: after his body is destroyed, “without my flesh I will see God . . . and not as a stranger.”
In days gone by, preachers like Charles Wesley and Haddon Spurgeon all made the point that “Redeemer” is the translation of the Hebrew “goel”; this was not a general term, but a specific person in Hebraic law. When a person died, a close kinsman would become his goel and would have the rights to reclaim his land, receive any restitution, raise his children and, if the man had been murdered, even take up his sword in blood justice. The rights and duties of a kinsman play an integral part in the plot of Ruth; Boaz must convince Ruth’s closest kinsman to disavow his rights as Ruth’s goel before Boaz can marry her.
Job’s final misery is the belief that he will die without his Goel, for he is despised by all. When he says he knows that his Redeemer lives, he anticipates Christ, who will stand up for him even though he has been abandoned by all humanity and has no mortal goel. But Christ will come, carrying the sword of righteousness, with which he will pursue and destroy Death on behalf of the most wretched person who dies believing in Him.
Our greatest natural fear is death. It is hard-wired into us, because we are made from dust, given the body and instincts of an animal. But Christ vividly demonstrated to us that He can defeat death, and He has promised to do so for those who live and believe in Him.
Not only will we live without our flesh, when our time comes; but during our lives, we no longer have anything to fear. Poverty, illness, disability, the scorn of men: all are temporary. “He will wipe every tear from our eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.” (Revelation 21:4).