Daily Worship

The Inheritance of Love

November 20, 2019 1
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Psalm 118: 1-14 (NIV)

1 Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good;
    his love endures forever.

2 Let Israel say:
    “His love endures forever.”
3 Let the house of Aaron say:
    “His love endures forever.”
4 Let those who fear the Lord say:
    “His love endures forever.”

5 When hard pressed, I cried to the Lord;
    he brought me into a spacious place.
6 The Lord is with me; I will not be afraid.
    What can mere mortals do to me?
7 The Lord is with me; he is my helper.
    I look in triumph on my enemies.

8 It is better to take refuge in the Lord
    than to trust in humans.
9 It is better to take refuge in the Lord
    than to trust in princes.
10 All the nations surrounded me,
    but in the name of the Lord I cut them down.
11 They surrounded me on every side,
    but in the name of the Lord I cut them down.
12 They swarmed around me like bees,
    but they were consumed as quickly as burning thorns;
    in the name of the Lord I cut them down.
13 I was pushed back and about to fall,
    but the Lord helped me.
14 The Lord is my strength and my defense;
    he has become my salvation.

Put a stethoscope to the universe and listen. The pulse beats through it all – ‘Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever.’ We are listening to the very heartbeat of God.

As the sun rises, unbidden and unhurried,
Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good;
His love endures forever. 

As our breath flows, in life-giving rhythm
Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good;
His love endures forever. 

As our eyes look around, noticing the colours of the day
Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good;
His love endures forever. 

As our ears prick up, listening for the sounds of the day
Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good;
His love endures forever. 

As our senses come alert, with touch and taste and smell
Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good;
His love endures forever. 

For the people we love and who love us
Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good;
His love endures forever.
 
For the work that fulfils us and sustains us
Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good;
His love endures forever. 

For the unknown paths that beckon us
Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good;
His love endures forever. 

For the unwanted paths that confuse us.
Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good;
His love endures forever. 

For the dark days of seeming absence
Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good;
His love endures forever. 

As the sun sets, unbidden and unhurried,
Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good;
His love endures forever.
AMEN.