You, O Lord, shall help your righteous one and deliver them; you shall deliver them from the wicked, and save them, because they trust in you.
Real discipleship means staying open to where Christ is leading us, even when it’s hard to understand why he wants us to go there. My sermon on Sunday, August 30, 2020.
You are my delight, O Lord, and you give me the desires of my heart. I commit my way to the Lord, and place my trust in him.
I always enjoy the peaceful moments in church before Sunday Liturgy. There is a mix of both tranquility and anticipation.
“‘I was glad when they said to me, ‘Let us go into the house of the Lord.'” (Psalm 122:1)
Today is the feast of the Beheading of St. John the Baptist (see Mark 6:14-30). This holy day is a day of strict fasting in the Orthodox Church, as we remember the death of an innocent and holy man at the hands of a weak leader governed by his ego and insatiable appetites.
Your steadfast love, O Lord, is in the heavens; your faithfulness reaches to the clouds. For with you is the fountain of life; In Your light we see light. Continue your mercy to those who know you, and your righteousness to the upright in heart.
I will bless the Lord at all times; his praise shall continually be in my mouth. My soul shall make its boast in the Lord; let the humble hear and be glad.
I will give you thanks in the great assembly; I will praise you among many people. And my tongue shall speak of your righteousness and of your praise all the day long.
Vindicate me, Lord my God, according to your righteousness; and let not my enemies rejoice over me. Rescue me from their destruction, my precious life from the lions. Say to my soul: ‘I am your salvation.’
You, O Lord, are my hiding place. You shall preserve me from trouble. You shall surround me with songs of deliverance.