“Sweet it is to praise the Lord! As soon as day breaks we will proclaim your kindness. We will spend all our nights praising you, and every morning we will seek to stand in your presence. By day we will tell of your generosity, by night of your faithfulness.”
A study of Mathew 6:22-33. Jesus teaches about focus and priorities.
Today is the feast day of the Holy Apostles Peter and Paul. Both of these great apostles had times in their life when they turned their backs on Christ – Peter when he denied Jesus three times during our Lord’s Passion, and Paul when he led the persecution of Christians after Pentecost. But through repentance they were reconciled to the Lord and became his great champions.
God knew what these two men were capable of, he had an important part for them in his plan, even when they were at odds with him. God sees into the depths of our souls. He knows our gifts. He sees the contribution that we can make towards building up his kingdom. And to unlock all of that, it takes movement on our part. Trusting in God’s mercy, we need to reach out to him with a repentant heart. God never turns away from those who turn to him.
“For what you have done I will praise you forever, O God. And in the presence of your saints I will wait on your good name.”
“Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord of hosts. Heaven and earth are full of your glory. Have mercy on us, God the Father Almighty! O Holy Trinity, have mercy on us. Lord, God of hosts, be with us, for we have no helper in our hardships and distress but you.”
“Make the light of your righteousness shine forth in our hearts, O God. Illumine our minds and keep watch over our senses, that we may finally reach life everlasting, after walking the path of your commandments every day of our lives as we should.”
“In the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, O God, instill the wisdom of your Holy Spirit in my heart; protect my soul and body, every fiber of my being, from all possible harm, all traps of the Devil and every temptation to sin.”
“Christ my God, set my heart on fire with love for you, that in its flame I may love you with all my heart, with all my mind, and with all my soul, and with all my strength, and my neighbor as myself.”
“Remember, Lord, the rains and all waters and bless them.
Remember plants, seeds and fruits of the field and make them abundant.
Remember the safety of your holy church and all cities and countries.
Remember the safety of all people and of beasts and of me, your sinful servant.”
In this week’s Bible study, we see how the apostles taught by example the meaning of discipleship that we talked about in last week’s episode.