Tuesday, August 06, 2013

Daily Devotional Thought--From the Psalms

Collect of the Week (Proper 13-C)
O Lord, grant us wisdom to recognize the treasures You have stored up for us in heaven, that we may never despair but always rejoice and be thankful for the riches of Your grace; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

Psalm 100 (Assigned Psalm for Proper 13-C)
1  Make a joyful noise to the LORD, all the earth!
2 Serve the LORD with gladness! Come into his presence with singing!
3 Know that the LORD, he is God! It is he who made us, and we are his;1 we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.
4 Enter his gates with thanksgiving, and his courts with praise! Give thanks to him; bless his name!
5 For the LORD is good; his steadfast love endures forever, and his faithfulness to all generations.

Devotional Thoughts
“The 100th psalm is a prophecy of Christ. It calls on the entire world to be joyful, to praise, and to give thanks, that is, to worship God and come to His throne and His courts, and to call on Him with all confidence. For His grace is an eternal Kingdom, which truly remains forever and ever” (Reading the Psalms with Luther, p. 235).

“The text of the common Doxology. …Forever joined together are the Church’s much-loved song of praise and the psalm that calls for such praise. How unfortunate when we fail to make a joyful noise to the Lord. Yet even then, we know that He is good. In fact, He gave His Good Shepherd, Jesus, to make one day particularly good. We call it Good Friday (The Lutheran Study Bible, p. 943).

We are the sheep of Your hand, O Lord. Fill us with joyful praise as we seek to serve You. Amen (TLSB, p. 943).

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