February 11 Devotional (2021)

The mighty one, God the Lord, speaks and summons the earth from the rising of the sun to its setting.

February 11, 2021
Epiphanytide

Today’s Readings: Psalm 50:1-6; 1 Kings 11:26-44; 2 Corinthians 2:12-17


Come let us praise the Lord with joy: let us joyfully sing to God our saviour. Let us come before his presence with thanksgiving; and make a joyful noise to him with psalms.

Morning Invocation

The earth is the Lord’s for he made it: Come let us adore him.

Opening Prayer

“O God, Thou art my God, early will I seek Thee. My soul thirsteth for Thee, my flesh longeth greatly after Thee, in a barren and dry land, where no water is.” O satisfy this thirst with Thy freshest waters of comfort; in Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Apb William Laud [1]

The Hymn

“Here I am Lord”

Lyrics:

[Verse 1]

I, the Lord of sea and sky

I have heard my people cry

All who dwell in dark and sin

My hand will save

[Chorus]

Here I am, Lord. Is it I, Lord?

I have heard you calling in the night

I will go, Lord, if you lead me

I will hold your people in my heart

[Verse 2]

I, who made the stars of night

I will make their darkness bright

Who will bear my light to them?

Whom shall I send?

[Chorus]

Here I am, Lord. Is it I, Lord?

I have heard you calling in the night

I will go, Lord, if you lead me

I will hold your people in my heart

[Verse 3]

I, the Lord of snow and rain

I have borne my people’s pain

I have wept for love of them

They turn away

[Chorus]

Here I am, Lord. Is it I, Lord?

I have heard you calling in the night

I will go, Lord, if you lead me

I will hold your people in my heart

[Verse 4]

I will break their hearts of stone

Give them hearts for love alone

I will speak my words to them

Whom shall I send?

[Chorus]

Here I am, Lord. Is it I, Lord?

I have heard you calling in the night

I will go, Lord, if you lead me

I will hold your people in my heart

[Verse 5]

I, the Lord of wind and flame

I will tend the poor and lame

I will set a feast for them

My hand will save

[Chorus]

Here I am, Lord. Is it I, Lord?

I have heard you calling in the night

I will go, Lord, if you lead me

I will hold your people in my heart

[Verse 6]

Finest bread I will provide

‘Til their hearts be satisfied

I will give my life to them

Whom shall I send?

[Chorus]

Here I am, Lord. Is it I, Lord?

I have heard you calling in the night

I will go, Lord, if you lead me

I will hold your people in my heart. [2]

Forest Light
(source)

Morning Reading: Psalm 50:1-6

God shines forth in glory

The mighty one, God the Lord,

speaks and summons the earth

from the rising of the sun to its setting.

Out of Zion, the perfection of beauty,

God shines forth.

Our God comes and does not keep silence,

before him is a devouring fire,

and a mighty tempest all around him.

He calls to the heavens above

and to the earth, that he may judge his people:

“Gather to me my faithful ones,

who made a covenant with me by sacrifice!”

The heavens declare his righteousness,

for God himself is judge.    Selah

Short Verse

Come, let us sing to the LORD;* 

Let us rejoice this day in the strength of our salvation. 

Let us come into His presence with thanksgiving,* 

and raise a loud shout to Him with psalms. 

Psalm 95:1–2

Morning Prayer

We pray this morning

    to the Lord who rose again, 

        that we also may rise again in eternal life

    forever and ever, Amen. [3]

Blessing

May God, who sent the Holy Spirit to rest upon the Only- begotten at his baptism in the Jordan River, pour out that Spirit on you who have come to the waters of new birth. Amen. [4]


Today if you shall hear his voice, harden not your hearts.
Ahijah’s prophecy to Jeroboam, 1728.
By Gerard Hoet
(source)

Midday Reading: 1 Kings 11:26-44

Ahijah prophesies to Jeroboam

26 Jeroboam the son of Nebat, an Ephraimite of Zeredah, a servant of Solomon, whose mother’s name was Zeruah, a widow, also lifted up his hand against the king. 27 And this was the reason why he lifted up his hand against the king. Solomon built the Millo, and closed up the breach of the city of David his father. 28 The man Jeroboam was very able, and when Solomon saw that the young man was industrious he gave him charge over all the forced labor of the house of Joseph. 29 And at that time, when Jeroboam went out of Jerusalem, the prophet Ahijah the Shilonite found him on the road. Now Ahijah had dressed himself in a new garment, and the two of them were alone in the open country. 30 Then Ahijah laid hold of the new garment that was on him, and tore it into twelve pieces. 31 And he said to Jeroboam, “Take for yourself ten pieces, for thus says the LORD, the God of Israel, ‘Behold, I am about to tear the kingdom from the hand of Solomon and will give you ten tribes 32 (but he shall have one tribe, for the sake of my servant David and for the sake of Jerusalem, the city that I have chosen out of all the tribes of Israel), 33 because they have forsaken me and worshiped Ashtoreth the goddess of the Sidonians, Chemosh the god of Moab, and Milcom the god of the Ammonites, and they have not walked in my ways, doing what is right in my sight and keeping my statutes and my rules, as David his father did. 34 Nevertheless, I will not take the whole kingdom out of his hand, but I will make him ruler all the days of his life, for the sake of David my servant whom I chose, who kept my commandments and my statutes. 35 But I will take the kingdom out of his son’s hand and will give it to you, ten tribes. 36 Yet to his son I will give one tribe, that David my servant may always have a lamp before me in Jerusalem, the city where I have chosen to put my name. 37 And I will take you, and you shall reign over all that your soul desires, and you shall be king over Israel. 38 And if you will listen to all that I command you, and will walk in my ways, and do what is right in my eyes by keeping my statutes and my commandments, as David my servant did, I will be with you and will build you a sure house, as I built for David, and I will give Israel to you. 39 And I will afflict the offspring of David because of this, but not forever.’” 40 Solomon sought therefore to kill Jeroboam. But Jeroboam arose and fled into Egypt, to Shishak king of Egypt, and was in Egypt until the death of Solomon.

41 Now the rest of the acts of Solomon, and all that he did, and his wisdom, are they not written in the Book of the Acts of Solomon? 42 And the time that Solomon reigned in Jerusalem over all Israel was forty years. 43 And Solomon slept with his fathers and was buried in the city of David his father. And Rehoboam his son reigned in his place.

Midday Lesson

Division after Solomon’s death

“The prophet Ahihah tore his garment into twelve pieces for the twelve tribes of Israel.  Jeroboam would receive ten (the northern kingdom). Rehoboam, Solomon’s son and successor, would receive two (the southern kingdom).” [5]

“Solomon’s idolatry divided his kingdom because the worship of false gods destroys unity. However, the southern kingdom was left for the sake of the Incarnation, for David’s true Son would reign forever over His own unified kingdom.” [6]

[11]
[12]

Short Verse

For all humanity is grass, and all its beauty like the wildflower’s. As grass withers, the flower fades, but the Word of the Lord remains for ever. And this Word is the Good News that has been brought to you. 

I Peter 1:24–25

Midday Prayer

God of mercy, this midday moment of rest is your welcome gift. Bless the work we have begun, and make good its defects and let us finish it in a way that pleases you. Grant this through Christ our Lord. 

(THE LITURGY OF THE HOURS, VOL. III [7])


For the Lord is a great God, and a great King above all gods. For in his hand are all the ends of the earth: and the heights of the mountains are his.
Fragrance, 7894
By Léon Frédéric
(source)

Evensong Reading: 2 Corinthians 2:12-17

God spreads the fragrance of life in Christ

12 When I came to Troas to preach the gospel of Christ, even though a door was opened for me in the Lord, 13 my spirit was not at rest because I did not find my brother Titus there. So I took leave of them and went on to Macedonia.

14 But thanks be to God, who in Christ always leads us in triumphal procession, and through us spreads the fragrance of the knowledge of him everywhere. 15 For we are the aroma of Christ to God among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing, 16 to one a fragrance from death to death, to the other a fragrance from life to life. Who is sufficient for these things? 17 For we are not, like so many, peddlers of God’s word, but as men of sincerity, as commissioned by God, in the sight of God we speak in Christ.

Evensong Lesson

The Victory Parade

Our triumph is in Christ (v. 14), taken in an ancient Roman context, suggests a magnificent picture of unwilling captive soldiers paraded before the victorious commander’s chariot while fragrant flowers are strewn along the way in celebration. The victor is Christ; the captives are the powers of darkness; His fragrance (v. 15) is the apostolic ministry, especially its preaching (v. 17). Christians are the winning forces who triumph through the hearing of the word of God (v. 17) and lead the great procession of thanksgiving leading to life (v. 16).” [8]

Short Verse

Seek him who made the Pleiades and Orion, and turns deep darkness into the morning, and darkens the day into night; who calls for the waters of the sea and pours them out upon the surface of the earth: The Lord is his name.    

Amos 5:8

Evensong Prayer

A Collect for the Presence of Christ

Lord Jesus, stay with us, for evening is at hand and the day is past; be our companion in the way, kindle our hearts, and awaken hope, that we may know you as you are revealed in Scripture and the breaking of bread. Grant this for the sake of your love. Amen. [9]

Concluding Prayer of the Church

Look down, O Lord, from your heavenly throne, and illumine this night with your celestial brightness; that by night as by day your people may glorify your holy Name; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. [10]


Devotionals compiled/written by S.P. Rogers

Citations:

[1] LAUD, W. (1855). Thursday Prime. In The Private Devotions of Dr. William Laud, Archbishop of Canterbury and Martyr (Ebook ed., p. 43-44). London and Oxford: John Henry & Jas. Parker.

[2] Tickle, P. (2006). February. In The divine hours: Prayers for Springtime (Kindle ed., vol. 2, p. 55). New York, NY: Image Books.

[3] Stratman, P. (2001). Morning Prayers. In Prayers from the Ancient Celtic Church (Kindle ed., p. 15). Rossway.

[4] The Episcopal Church. (2018). Seasonal Blessings: Christmas. In The Book of Occasional Services (PDF ed., p. 9). Then Episcopal Church. Retrieved November December 15, 2020, from https://episcopalchurch.org/files/lm_book_of_occasional_services_2018.pdf

[5] Academic Community of St. Athanasius Academy of Orthodox Theology (2008). 3 Kingdoms. In The Orthodox study Bible (p. 453). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson.

[6] Ibid. 5

[7] Tickle, P. (2006). February. In The divine hours: Prayers for Springtime (Kindle ed., vol. 2, p. 55). New York, NY: Image Books.

[8] Academic Community of St. Athanasius Academy of Orthodox Theology (2008). 2 Corinthians. In The Orthodox study Bible (p. 1607). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson.

[9] Episcopal Church. (1979). Daily Office: Daily Evening Prayers Rite II. In The Book of common prayer: And administration of the sacraments, and other rites and ceremonies of the church, according to the use of the Protestant Episcopal Church in the United States of America: Together with the psalter, or, Psalms of David (pp. 124). New York, NY: Church Publishing Incorporated.

[10] Episcopal Church. (1979). Daily Office: An Order for Compline. In The Book of common prayer: And administration of the sacraments, and other rites and ceremonies of the church, according to the use of the Protestant Episcopal Church in the United States of America: Together with the psalter, or, Psalms of David (pp. 132). New York, NY: Church Publishing Incorporated.

[11] Tyndale House Publishers. (2012). Jeroboam [Profile Image/Chart]. In Chronological life application study Bible (p. 700). Carol Stream, IL: Tyndale House Pub.
[12] Tyndale House Publishers. (2012). Rehoboam [Profile Image/Chart]. In Chronological life application study Bible (p. 697). Carol Stream, IL: Tyndale House Pub.

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