July 2 Devotional (2021)

This is God, our God forever and ever. He will guide us forever.

July 2, 2021
Ordinary Time

Today’s Readings:   Psalm 48 / Jeremiah 7:16-26 / 2 Corinthians 10:7-11


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.


“Day by Day”

Translator: A. L. Skoog; Author: Carolina Sandell (1865)

Lyrics [1]: 

1 Day by day and with each passing moment, 

Strength I find to meet my trials here; 

Trusting in my Father’s wise bestowment, 

I’ve no cause for worry or for fear. 

He whose heart is kind beyond all measure 

Gives unto each day what he deems best–

Lovingly, its part of pain and pleasure, 

Mingling toil with peace and rest. 

2 Ev’ry day the Lord himself is near me, 

With a special mercy for each hour; 

All my cares he gladly bears and cheers me, 

He whose name is Counselor and Pow’r.

The protection of his child and treasure 

Is a charge that on himself he laid:

“As your days, your strength shall be in measure”– 

This the pledge to me he made. 

3 Help me then in ev’ry tribulation 

So to trust your promises, O Lord, 

That I lose not faith’s sweet consolation 

Offered me within your holy Word. 

Help me, Lord, when, toil and trouble meeting, 

E’er to take, as from a father’s hand, 

One by one, the days, the moments fleeting,

Till I reach the promised land.

Morning Prayer

A Collect for Fridays

Almighty God, whose most dear Son went not up to joy but first he suffered pain, and entered not into glory before he was crucified: Mercifully grant that we, walking in the way of the cross, may find it none other than the way of life and peace; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. [2]

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit,

As it was in the beginning, and now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen


Short Verse

And when certain evil-doers rose up against one of the brothers in his cell, he brought forth a basin and entreated them to wash their feet, and the thieves were ashamed and repented.

Sayings of the Holy Desert Fathers, Of Patient Endurance [8]
“Guidance from above”
By Jim Decker

Morning Reading: Psalm 48

God our guide

A Song. A Psalm of the Sons of Korah.

1 Great is the LORD and greatly to be praised

in the city of our God!

His holy mountain, 2 beautiful in elevation,

is the joy of all the earth,

Mount Zion, in the far north,

the city of the great King.

3 Within her citadels God

has made himself known as a fortress.

4 For behold, the kings assembled;

they came on together.

5 As soon as they saw it, they were astounded;

they were in panic; they took to flight.

6 Trembling took hold of them there,

anguish as of a woman in labor.

7 By the east wind you shattered

the ships of Tarshish.

8 As we have heard, so have we seen

in the city of the LORD of hosts,

in the city of our God,

which God will establish forever. Selah

9 We have thought on your steadfast love, O God,

in the midst of your temple.

10 As your name, O God,

so your praise reaches to the ends of the earth.

Your right hand is filled with righteousness.

11 Let Mount Zion be glad!

Let the daughters of Judah rejoice

because of your judgments!

12 Walk about Zion, go around her,

number her towers,

13 consider well her ramparts,

go through her citadels,

that you may tell the next generation

14 that this is God,

our God forever and ever.

He will guide us forever.

Listen to Psalm 48

Morning Lesson

Christ’s Church at worship

“The Lord of heaven and earth makes His abode with humankind, where He is a strong fortress that shatters every enemy. He is, therefore, worthy of all praise, and we rightly ‘tell the next generation’ (v 13 ) what He has done. What Mount Zion and temple worship were for ancient Israel, Christ’s Church at worship is for us— the place where God mercifully dwells to save by His Word. • May we consider well Your steadfast love, O God, in the midst of Your temple. Amen.” [3]

Commentary from the Early Church

Verse 1

While they say “great,” they do not go so far as to say how great; no one knows that, after all, so he added as well, “and highly to be praised.” There is no limit, you see, to [God’s] greatness. What [that] means, however, is something like this: It is necessary to praise him and sing to him alone, and this to an extraordinary degree; but the need is to sing his praises both for this infinite and incomprehensible greatness of his being and for the excess of his beneficence to us. 

  • Chrysostom, Commentary on the Psalms 48.1. [4]
  • Verse 8

    [W]hat did he hear, and what did he see? That the grace of God renders the city stronger and intact. This, in fact, is its foundation, this its strength, this makes it impregnable—not human aid and help, or the power of weapons or towers and ramparts. What instead? God rules it as his own. This most of all it was, in fact, that they should have been taught, and towards this the inspired author constantly urges them. 

  • Chrysostom, Commentary on the Psalms 48.3. [5]
  • Verse 11

    God makes no mistakes when he judges. Let your life stand out in contrast, though by birth you blend in with them, for the plea that went up from your lips and your heart has not gone unheard: “Do not destroy my soul with the ungodly, nor my life with those who shed blood” [Ps 26:9]. God is a highly skilled winnower. He will bring his winnowing shovel with him and will not let a single grain of wheat fall into the heap of chaff for burning or a single wisp of straw get into the barn to be stored. Dance for joy . . . over the judgments of a God who makes no mistakes, and do not arrogate to yourselves the right to make judgments in advance. It is your job to garner, his to sift what has been garnered. 

  • Augustine, Expositions of the Psalms 48.11. [6]

  • Midday Prayer

    Lord, be thy word my rule; 

         in it may I rejoice; 

    thy glory be my aim, 

         thy holy will my choice; 

    thy promises my hope; 

         thy providence my guard; 

    thine arm my strong support; 

         thy self my great reward. Amen. 

    — Christopher Wordsworth [7]

    Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit,

    As it was in the beginning, and now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen


    Short Verse

    Abba Copres used to say, ‘Blessed is the man who bears temptation with thanksgiving.’

    Sayings of the Holy Desert Fathers, Of Scrupulous Watchfulness in our Thoughts and Words and Deeds [9]
    “Walking Man”

    Midday Reading: Jeremiah 7:16-26

    Walk in the way God commands

    16 “As for you, do not pray for this people, or lift up a cry or prayer for them, and do not intercede with me, for I will not hear you. 17 Do you not see what they are doing in the cities of Judah and in the streets of Jerusalem? 18 The children gather wood, the fathers kindle fire, and the women knead dough, to make cakes for the queen of heaven. And they pour out drink offerings to other gods, to provoke me to anger. 19 Is it I whom they provoke? declares the LORD. Is it not themselves, to their own shame? 20 Therefore thus says the Lord GOD: Behold, my anger and my wrath will be poured out on this place, upon man and beast, upon the trees of the field and the fruit of the ground; it will burn and not be quenched.”

    21 Thus says the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel: “Add your burnt offerings to your sacrifices, and eat the flesh. 22 For in the day that I brought them out of the land of Egypt, I did not speak to your fathers or command them concerning burnt offerings and sacrifices. 23 But this command I gave them: ‘Obey my voice, and I will be your God, and you shall be my people. And walk in all the way that I command you, that it may be well with you.’ 24 But they did not obey or incline their ear, but walked in their own counsels and the stubbornness of their evil hearts, and went backward and not forward. 25 From the day that your fathers came out of the land of Egypt to this day, I have persistently sent all my servants the prophets to them, day after day. 26 Yet they did not listen to me or incline their ear, but stiffened their neck. They did worse than their fathers.

    Midday Lesson

    Who gets hurt when we turn away from God?

    In the first verse (v. 16) in today’s reading from Jeremiah, God tells the prophet not to pray for the people. What does this mean? Did God really want Jeremiah not to pray? Doesn’t the Bible teach us to pray for others? Unfortunately, some people misunderstand God’s intent in this verse. God said these words to Jeremiah not intending the prophet to cease intercessory prayer, for He earnestly yearned for the salvation of the people of Judah, but because He knew that the people wouldn’t repent. The Lord again said this to Jeremiah in 11:14. The Lord said this to terrify the unrepentant people. Understanding the Lord’s intent, Jeremiah did not cease his prayers. 

    “The ‘queen of heaven’ [v. 18] was a name for Ishtar, the Mesopotamian goddess of love and fertility. After the fall of Jerusalem, the refugees from Judah who fled to Egypt continued to worship her (44:17). A papyrus dating from the 5th century B.C., found at Hermopolis in Egypt, mentions the queen of heaven among the gods honored by the Jewish community living there.” [10]

    Verse 19 “answers the question, ‘Who gets hurt when we turn away from God?’ We do! Separating ourselves from God is like keeping a green plant away from sunlight or water. God is our only source of spiritual strength. Cut yourself off from him, and you cut off life itself.” [11]

    “God had set up a system of sacrifices [vv. 21-23] to encourage the people to joyfully obey him (see the book of Leviticus). He required the people to make these sacrifices, not because the sacrifices themselves pleased him, but because they caused the people to recognize their sin and refocus on living for God. They faithfully made the sacrifices but forgot the reason they were offering them, and thus they disobeyed God. Jeremiah reminded the people that acting out religious rituals was meaningless unless they were prepared to obey God in all areas of life.” [12]

    “From the time of Moses to the end of the Old Testament period, God sent many prophets [v. 25] to Israel and Judah. No matter how bad the circumstances were, God always raised up a prophet to speak against their stubborn spiritual attitudes.” [13]

    Eventide Prayer

    Give me courage to resist, patience to endure, constancy to persevere. Grant, in place of all consolations of the world, the most sweet unction of Thy Spirit, and in place of carnal love, pour into me the love of Thy Name. 

  • Thomas à Kempis [14]
  • Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit,

    As it was in the beginning, and now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen


    Short Verse

    An old man was asked, ‘By what means does the soul receive humility?’ And he said, ‘By searching into it, and by remembering the evil things which have been done by it.’

    Sayings of the Holy Desert Fathers, Of humility and of how a Man should think lightly of himself, and should esteem himself the Inferior of every Man [15]
    Saint Paul 
    By Jan Lievens

    Eventide Reading: 2 Corinthians 10:7-11

    Paul’s bodily presence is weak

    7 Look at what is before your eyes. If anyone is confident that he is Christ’s, let him remind himself that just as he is Christ’s, so also are we. 8 For even if I boast a little too much of our authority, which the Lord gave for building you up and not for destroying you, I will not be ashamed. 9 I do not want to appear to be frightening you with my letters. 10 For they say, “His letters are weighty and strong, but his bodily presence is weak, and his speech of no account.” 11 Let such a person understand that what we say by letter when absent, we do when present. 12 Not that we dare to classify or compare ourselves with some of those who are commending themselves. But when they measure themselves by one another and compare themselves with one another, they are without understanding.

    Eventide Lesson

    Paul’s enemies shown to be empty

    Paul had been “charged by the false apostles with being weak because of his gentle and humble nature.” Paul assured the Christians of the seriousness of his conviction. He was much more assertive in writing than he was in speech, but his personal demeanor was being judged by worldly standards in which aggression was seen as strength and power. Paul’s concern was for building up the Church in a spirit of truth and love rather than winning admiration or popularity. His meekness was a result of his efforts to imitate the charity of Christ, who spoke harshly only as a last resort.” [16]

    “Some teachers in Corinth had claimed a special knowledge of or an esoteric relationship to Christ. Paul here counters their claim by boasting somewhat more of his authority – not because he wants to boast (11:1, 16-19; 12:1, 11), but because the boastfulness of his enemies must be shown to be not only empty, but ruinous for those who believe them.” [17]

    “Paul criticizes not only the deceivers but the deceived as well, for they are also accountable for their actions. Furthermore, he rebukes each one in the way which is most appropriate to their case. Those who imagine they belong to Christ must consider who Paul belongs to. If the answer is also Christ, then they must listen to what he has to say to them” (St. John Chrysostom). [18]

    Compline Prayers

    Spirit of God, promise of Jesus, come to our help at the close of this day. Come with forgiveness and healing love. Come with life and hope. Come with all that we need to continue in the way of your truth. So may we praise you in the Trinity forever. Amen. 

  • May the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in eternal peace. Amen.

    Devotionals compiled/written by S.P. Rogers


    [1] Author: Carolina SandellCaroline W. Sandell Berg (b. Froderyd, S. (n.d.). Day by day. Retrieved April 22, 2021, from https://hymnary.org/text/day_by_day_and_with_each_passing_moment

    [2] Episcopal Church. (1979). Daily Office. 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. 99). New York, NY: Church Publishing Incorporated.

    [3] A., E. E. (2016). Psalms. In The Lutheran study Bible: English standard version (Kindle ed., pp. 4032). Saint Louis: Concordia Publishing House.

    [4] Chrysostom. (2019). Psalms. In Ancient faith study Bible (Kindle ed., p. 1612). Nashville: Holman Bible.

    [5] Ibid. 4

    [6] Augustine. (2019). Psalms. In Ancient faith study Bible (Kindle ed., p. 1613). Nashville: Holman Bible.

    [7] Forward Movement. (2013). Prayers for Guidance and Surrender. In Prayers for All Occasions (Kindle ed., pp. 388). Cincinnati, OH: Forward Movement.

    [8] Of Patient Endurance. (1907). In The Sayings of the Holy Fathers: Books I and II (Kindle ed., p. 58).  W. Budge (Ed.)

    [9] Of Scrupulous Watchfulness in our Thoughts and Words and Deeds . (1907). In The Sayings of the Holy Fathers: Books I and II (Kindle ed., p. 93).  W. Budge (Ed.)

    [10] Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. (2013). Study Notes: Jeremiah. In Life application study Bible: King James version (Kindle ed., p. 7769). Carol Stream, IL: Tyndale House.

    [11] Ibid. 10, P. 7770

    [12] Ibid. 10, P. 7770

    [13] Ibid. 10, P. 7770

    [14] Tickle, P. (2001). February. In The divine hours: Prayers for Springtime (Kindle ed., vol. 2, p. 34). New York, NY: Image Books.

    [15] Of humility and of how a Man should think lightly of himself, and should esteem himself the Inferior of every Man . (1907). In The Sayings of the Holy Fathers: Books I and II (Kindle ed., p. 153).  W. Budge (Ed.)

    [16] Cole, J. (Ed.). (2015). 2 Corinthians. In Didache Bible: With commentaries based on the Catechism of the Catholic Church (Kindle ed., p. 3525). Downers Grove,, IL: Midwest Theological Forum,, Ignatius Press.

    [17] Academic Community of St. Athanasius Academy of Orthodox Theology (2008). 2 Corinthians. In The Orthodox study Bible (p. 1613). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson.

    [18] Chrysostom. (2019). 2 Corinthians. In Ancient faith study Bible (Kindle ed., p. 3311). Nashville: Holman Bible.

    [19] Tickle, P. (2000). June. In The divine hours: Prayers for Summertime (Kindle ed., vol. 2, p. 120). New York, NY: Image Books.

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