Pondering for Saturday, February 25, 2023

Daily Office Readings for Saturday of the Last Week of Epiphany: Year 1

Morning, Psalms 30 and 32; Evening, Psalms 42 and 43;   
Deuteronomy 7:17 to 26Titus 3:1 to15John 1:43 to 51

Psalm 42: 5 to 7

5.  With the voice of praise and thanksgiving,
among those who keep holy-day.

6. Why are you so full of heaviness, O my soul?
And why are you so disquieted within me?

7. Put your trust in God; for I will yet give thanks to him,
who is the help of my countenance, and my God.

Two of the three verses above of Psalm 42 are also written in Psalm 43.  At some point they may have been one Psalm.  In any case today, Saturday, is Holy Day. In my private and personal spiritual life I have decided to follow our Lord Jesus in remembering the Sabbath and keeping it holy.  I still follow the Christian Worship day of Sunday Morning; the First Day of the Week, but the Seventh Day is set aside for rest from our normal industry or vocation, not worship as I am coming to understand the word “rest.” This is what verse 5 of Psalm 42 reminds me of.

As for as verses 6 and 7 above, I pray that God calms my disquieted soul.  And I do put my trust in God and give thanks to God who is my help and my countenance, my God for whom I an eternally thankful. I wouldn’t even exist if it were not for God. Thank You Lord Jesus.

Please keep up your thoughts and prayers and hopes for Ukraine. (It’s been a year now)

As we listen to what the Spirit of God is saying to us, let us live to love and serve, and to teach others to love and serve, while pondering anew what the Almighty can do. John

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