Devotion and Readings for September 1

Trees along the Water, Spring in Giverny, Claude Monet

Here are the references for the readings.  Please look these up in your print Bible, your smartphone app Bible, or your online Bible:

Bible Readings and Devotion for September 1, 2020

Luke 5:17-26

Job 8:1-22

Psalms 1-4

2 Kings 15

Devotion for September 1, 2020

By Pastor David Tinker

Psalm 1 is the introduction to the book of Psalms.  It sets the tone of worship of the Lord and the centrality of the Covenant with the people of Israel.  It reminds us of the importance and benefits of being connected with God and his Holy Word.  When we are connected with God and Word, our life is built up. When we are ignoring God and his Word, our life and relationship with God are degraded. 

The encouragement to meditate on the Word of God is affirmed in both the Old and New Testaments.  In Colossians 3:16 we read, “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly; teach and admonish one another in all wisdom; and with gratitude in your hearts sing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs to God.”

What a beautiful concept – Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly.  It is not just to go past your mind or be thought of momentarily.  We are invited to have the Word of Christ become an enriching and life-giving part of how we live every day.  That is like having our lives rooted in the word.  Psalm 1 tells it like this, “They are like trees planted by streams of water, which yield their fruit in its season, and their leaves do not wither.” 

One of my encouragements has been to be reading from God’s Word every day. Daily Bible Reading can be a faithful discipline which leads to the Word of Christ dwelling in us richly.

There is a beautiful and meditative sung version of Psalm 1.  The version I know is sung by Kim Hill, and the song was written by Michelle Wagner, based on Psalm 1.  Click the video play arrow below to watch and listen.

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Prayer

Gracious and holy God, give us diligence to seek you, wisdom to perceive you, and patience to wait for you. Grant us, O God, a mind to meditate on you; eyes to behold you; ears to listen for your word; a heart to love you; and a life to proclaim you; through the power of the Spirit of Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen

Prayer from Evangelical Lutheran Worship. Copyright © 2020 Augsburg Fortress. All rights reserved.

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