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Daily Prayer

Daily Prayer book

Hurt by others – 9th March 2016

Lord, bless today those who have been hurt by the thoughtlessness or unkindness of others. Help them to rise above their natural desire to retaliate. Help them to see it in the light of your cross and absorb the hurt as you did. Help them to heal and move on. In Christ’s name. AMEN

Understanding – 8th March 2016

Lord, I ask today that you will make me more sensitive to those who are carrying big problems and don’t know which way to turn. Help me to understand how deeply they feel about it, how embarrassed they are, and help me to help them. I ask it in Christ’s name. AMEN

Forgiveness – 7th March 2016

Lord, I ask today that you will help me to forgive other people who have hurt me. Forgive me for harbouring the resentments I still feel and for dwelling on the desire to get even with them. Help me to put it all behind me and to move on. Thank you Jesus. I ask it in your name. AMEN

Daily Devotion

daily-devotion

SOMETHING TO SING ABOUT

“I will sing about your strength; every morning I will sing aloud of your constant love”.

Psalm 59:16 GNB

Music is an integral part of our lives. Whilst many enjoy music as a relaxation, others are so addicted that they can’t concentrate on anything unless they have music in the background. In Port Elizabeth a band plays continuously throughout every first-class cricket match. How the batsmen, or for that matter the bowlers, let alone the umpires, concentrate, nobody quite knows – but it is all regarded as good fun and entertainment. Most songs are about love, but some refer to nature, food, enjoyment of all kinds. And some are about war.

People have expressed their faith in music from earliest times, and an experienced organist once told his minister, “Don’t think people come to worship to hear you preach. They come to have a good sing!” Music was employed in the temple in Jerusalem and the psalms were all on the repertoire of the priests as they led the worship there. Various musical instruments are mentioned in the Book of Psalms. The main themes were the love of God, the protection he affords, the fears of the worshippers, and the might and power of God. His presence and glory in nature were another favourite theme.

People have expressed their faith in music from earliest times, and an experienced organist once told his minister, “Don’t think people come to worship to hear you preach. They come to have a good sing!” Music was employed in the temple in Jerusalem and the psalms were all on the repertoire of the priests as they led the worship there. Various musical instruments are mentioned in the Book of Psalms. The main themes were the love of God, the protection he affords, the fears of the worshippers, and the might and power of God. His presence and glory in nature were another favourite theme.

The psalm-writer exulted in the strength of God. A weak human being, alone in a hostile world, he looked to God for comfort and strength at a personal level on a daily basis. It fortified him also to sing of God’s constant love.

Most of us learn about our faith by singing of it. And faith in God has inspired many composers to produce magnificent music and excellent hymns. Keep singing – and make a joyful noise to the Lord.

PRAYER THOUGHT

Lord, enrich our faith with great music.


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