August 3, 2020 Daily Devotional

This afternoon we had a socially distant confirmation retreat outside on the church

grounds. We walked around stopping at various points to reflect on each person of the

Trinity. As we reflected we thought about how our own lives intersect with the divine.

Our incredible young people then spent time writing their own statements of faith.

When I read today’s Psalm after the retreat verse 5 really came alive...


“May he live while the sun endures, and as long as the moon, throughout all

generations.”


There we stood, looking at the baptismal font, remembering our own baptisms and all

those who have been sealed as Christ own.

There we stood, amongst those who have gone before us, knowing that their baptism is complete in death.

There we stood, looking at one another, and knowing that in the great mystery of faith,

each of us belong to God.

There we stood, generations connected together in divine love.


May God’s blessing be with you and yours this day.





Psalm 72

1 Give the king your justice, O God,

and your righteousness to a king’s son.

2 May he judge your people with righteousness,

and your poor with justice.

3 May the mountains yield prosperity for the people,

and the hills, in righteousness.

4 May he defend the cause of the poor of the people,

give deliverance to the needy,

and crush the oppressor.

5 May he live[a] while the sun endures,

and as long as the moon, throughout all generations.

6 May he be like rain that falls on the mown grass,

like showers that water the earth.

7 In his days may righteousness flourish

and peace abound, until the moon is no more.

8 May he have dominion from sea to sea,

and from the River to the ends of the earth.

9 May his foes[b] bow down before him,

and his enemies lick the dust.

10 May the kings of Tarshish and of the isles

render him tribute,

may the kings of Sheba and Seba

bring gifts.

11 May all kings fall down before him,

all nations give him service.

12 For he delivers the needy when they call,

the poor and those who have no helper.

13 He has pity on the weak and the needy,

and saves the lives of the needy.

14 From oppression and violence he redeems their life;

and precious is their blood in his sight.

15 Long may he live!

May gold of Sheba be given to him.

May prayer be made for him continually,

and blessings invoked for him all day long.

16 May there be abundance of grain in the land;

may it wave on the tops of the mountains;

may its fruit be like Lebanon;

and may people blossom in the cities

like the grass of the field.

17 May his name endure forever,

his fame continue as long as the sun.

May all nations be blessed in him;[c]

may they pronounce him happy.

18 Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel,

who alone does wondrous things.

19 Blessed be his glorious name forever;

may his glory fill the whole earth.

Amen and Amen.

20 The prayers of David son of Jesse are ended.

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