October 28, 2020 Daily Devotional

The opening verses of Psalm 144 say...

1 Blessed be the Lord, my rock,

who trains my hands for war, and my fingers for battle;

2 my rock and my fortress,

my stronghold and my deliverer,

my shield, in whom I take refuge,

who subdues the peoples under me.

The imagery of God as our rock shows out throughout the Psalms. That sure foundation that will steady us on the days we are unsteady and that sure foundation that cannot be swept away. The battle and war imagery always causes me to pause. This morning I am thinking of how our Scriptures have been used for destruction and for liberation, for evil and for good.

At the end of several of my New Testament lectures my Professor, AJ Levine would say this, "The Bible should be a rock on which we stand, rather than a rock thrown at others." May it be so for us today and always.

Let us pray this prayer from the writers of enfleshed...

"We pray for all those who hunger for justice and liberation today. For the ones who lay down their lives for their friends. For the ones who tell the truth. For the ones who take risks, who dream, who feed and pray, who fight for bread and roses, both. For the ones who are eager to learn and grow and offer their gifts to the work of enfleshing your dreams."

Psalm 144

1 Blessed be the Lord, my rock,

who trains my hands for war, and my fingers for battle;

2 my rock and my fortress,

my stronghold and my deliverer,

my shield, in whom I take refuge,

who subdues the peoples under me.

3 O Lord, what are human beings that you regard them,

or mortals that you think of them?

4 They are like a breath;

their days are like a passing shadow.

5 Bow your heavens, O Lord, and come down;

touch the mountains so that they smoke.

6 Make the lightning flash and scatter them;

send out your arrows and rout them.

7 Stretch out your hand from on high;

set me free and rescue me from the mighty waters,

from the hand of aliens,

8 whose mouths speak lies,

and whose right hands are false.

9 I will sing a new song to you, O God;

upon a ten-stringed harp I will play to you,

10 the one who gives victory to kings,

who rescues his servant David.

11 Rescue me from the cruel sword,

and deliver me from the hand of aliens,

whose mouths speak lies,

and whose right hands are false.

12 May our sons in their youth

be like plants full grown,

our daughters like corner pillars,

cut for the building of a palace.

13 May our barns be filled

with produce of every kind;

may our sheep increase by thousands,

by tens of thousands in our fields,

14 and may our cattle be heavy with young.

May there be no breach in the walls, no exile,

and no cry of distress in our streets.

15 Happy are the people to whom such blessings fall;

happy are the people whose God is the Lord.

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