URC Daily Devotion Sunday 14 January 2024

Sunday, 14 January 2024 
 

Psalm 17

Lord, hear a cause that is just,
pay heed to my cry.
Turn your ear to my prayer:
no deceit is on my lips.

From you may my judgement come forth.
Your eyes discern the truth.

You search my heart, you visit me by night.
You test me and you find in me no wrong.
My words are not sinful like human words.

I kept from violence because of your word,
I kept my feet firmly in your paths;
there was no faltering in my steps.

I am here and I call, you will hear me, O God.
Turn your ear to me; hear my words.
Display your great love, you whose right hand saves
your friends from those who rebel against them.

Guard me as the apple of your eye.
Hide me in the shadow of your wings
from the violent attack of the wicked.
My foes encircle me with deadly intent.

Their hearts tight shut, their mouths speak proudly.
They advance against me, and now they surround me.

Their eyes are watching to strike me to the ground,
as though they were lions ready to claw
or like some young lion crouched in hiding.

Lord, arise, confront them, strike them down!
Let your sword rescue my soul from the wicked;
let your hand, O Lord, rescue me from the enemy,
from those whose reward is in this present life.

You give them their fill of your treasures;
they rejoice in abundance of offspring
and leave their wealth to their children.

As for me, in my justice I shall see your face
and be filled, when I awake, with the sight of your glory.

Reflection

It would be nice if even some of that were true for me…

My lips have often been deceitful;
My words have often, or at least occasionally, been sinful;
My life, were it to be examined even superficially, would be found to be rife with wrong;
I’m not violent – but only because I know I’d lose;
My steps often falter;
I regularly ignore the call of God to do what is right and just simply because it would inconvenience me.

And yet… and yet… God loves me. God protects me and God doesn’t give up on me.

God knows why.

So I won’t give up on myself, either.

Prayer
Forgiving God, I know I don’t match up to the standards you expect of me.
Sometimes I don’t even try very hard.
Or at all.
And yet you still shower me with love.
Thank you.

Today’s writer

Leo Roberts, Children & Youth Development Officer, North Western Synod

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The Psalms: An Inclusive Language Version based on the Grail translation from the Hebrew
© 1963, 1986 The Grail (England) GIA Publications

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