Pondering for Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Daily Office Readings for Tuesday of Proper 28 Year 1

AM Psalm 97, 99, [100]; PM Psalm 94, [95] 1 Macc. 3:25-41; Rev. 21:1-8; Matt. 17:14-21

Psalm 100 Jubilate Deo
1 Be joyful in the Lord, all you lands; *
serve the Lord with gladness
and come before his presence with a song.

2 Know this: The Lord himself is God; *
he himself has made us, and we are his;
we are his people and the sheep of his pasture.

3 Enter his gates with thanksgiving;
go into his courts with praise; *
give thanks to him and call upon his Name.

4 For the Lord is good;
his mercy is everlasting; *
and his faithfulness endures from age to age.

Psalm 100 is very short, only four verses.  But it says everything. 

We should be joyful. But this only happens if we acknowledge God first and then our brothers and sisters after God.  If we start out considering other people before we see them through God’s eyes we sink into jealousy and other evils.  Go to everyone through God. You will be much happier.

God brought every human being into being.  It truly is more important to remember whose we are rather than who we are.

Being thankful is the least we can do or be.  All of us should have an attitude of gratitude as far as God is concerned.  Where there is a mix of sadness in our lives, there are sad people in the mix.

And lastly, here is where we (you and I), are created in God’s Image. We have both mercy and faith within us. Ironically, we also need mercy and faith from each other.  This too is the God part.  We have faith and we give mercy.  And we receive mercy and we grow and maintain our faith. I will tell you that I know people who aren’t sure of their faith but are some to the most merciful people on the planet. This mercy that they show others, especially those who are different, really demonstrates their unrealized faith. They just need to trust and hang in there.

Psalm 100 is short but contains all things necessary for salvation.

Let us hear what the Spirit is saying to and through the saints of God and then ponder anew what the Almighty can do.  John+

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