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May 19, 2022 Devotional Bible Study

May 19, 2022
Eastertide

Today’s Readings: 


Invocation

The Lord is risen from the tomb who for our sakes hung upon the tree. Alleluia.

GLORY be to thee, O Lord, glory be to thee: glory to thee, who hast given me sleep to refresh my weakness, and to alleviate the labours of this fragile flesh. [1]

Lord, in your mercy 

      hear our prayer. 

Lord, hear us. 

      Lord, graciously hear us.

Morning Prayers

Rejoicing in God’s new creation, let us pray with confidence as our Saviour has taught us…

Our Father, who art in heaven,

    hallowed be thy Name,

    thy kingdom come,

    thy will be done,

        on earth as it is in heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread.

And forgive us our trespasses,

    as we forgive those

        who trespass against us.

And lead us not into temptation,

    but deliver us from evil.

For thine is the kingdom,

    and the power, and the glory,

    for ever and ever. Amen.

O BEING, above all beings, 

O uncreated Nature, 

Thou Framer of the universe,—Col. i. 16, 17. 

I set thee, Lord, always before me ;—Ps. xvi. 8. 

Unto thee do I lift up my soul.—Ps. xxv. 1. 

I worship and bow down before thee ;—Psalm xcv. 6. 

I humble myself under thy mighty hand.— 1 Pet. v. 6. 

I stretch forth my hands unto thee; 

My soul thirsteth after thee, as a thirsty land.— Psalm cxliii. 6. 

I smite upon my breast, 

     And I say, with the publican, God, be merciful to me, a sinner altogether;— Luke xviii. 13. 

     To me, the chief of sinners;—1 Tim. i. 15. 

     To me, a greater sinner than the publican, 

     Be merciful, as to the publican.

  • Lancelot Andrews [2]

O Lord our God, You gave Your peace to men and sent down the gift of Your All-holy Spirit upon Your disciples and apostles, and by Your power You opened their lips with tongues of fire. Open also my lips and teach me, sinner though I am, how and for what I should pray. Guide my life, O calm Haven of the storm-tossed, and reveal the way in which I should walk. Renew a right spirit within me, and with Your Sovereign Spirit steady my mind, that, guided and guarded each day by Your good Spirit, I may be able to practice Your commandments, always remembering Your glorious presence that looks upon the deeds of men. Let me not be deceived by the corrupting delights of this world, but rather strengthen in me the desire to attain the treasures of the world to come. For blessed and praised are You in all Your saints forever and ever. AMEN. [3]

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit: as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen. 

Alleluia!

Hymn

“He who was nailed to the cross”

Short Verse

I love you, O LORD my strength,* O LORD my stronghold, my crag, and my haven. 

Psalm 18:1

Morning Reading

Psalm 67, Let the nations be glad

May God be gracious to us and bless us

and make his face to shine upon us,    Selah

that your way may be known upon earth,

your saving power among all nations.

Let the peoples praise you, O God;

let all the peoples praise you.

Let the nations be glad and sing for joy,

for you judge the peoples with equity

and guide the nations upon earth.    Selah

Let the peoples praise you, O God;

let all the peoples praise you.

The earth has yielded its increase;

God, our God, has blessed us.

May God continue to bless us;

let all the ends of the earth revere him.

Let us pray.

In the face of Jesus Christ your light and glory have blazed forth, O God of all the nations; with all your people, may we make known your grace and walk in the ways of peace; for your name’s sake. Amen. [4]

Morning Lesson

God’s relationship with the entire globe

“Could the psalm writer have looked across the years and seen the gospel go throughout the earth? This psalm surely speaks of the fulfillment of the great commission (Matt 28:18-20), when Jesus commanded that the gospel be taken to all nations. Count yourself among that great crowd of believers worldwide who know the Savior, praise him for his Good News, and share it so that the harvest will be abundant.” [5]

“Every verse in this psalm mentions God’s relationship with the entire globe. The intended audience of this message spans the world. God repeatedly spoke to and through his people about his love for all nations. Read this psalm with the realization that it was written for and about you and for those around you, whether familiar faces or strangers!” [6]

Psalm 67 Commentary from the Early Church
Psalm 67:1-2: 

“This, I say, is the universal way for the deliverance of believers, concerning which the faithful Abraham received the divine assurance, “In thy seed shall all nations be blessed” [Gn 22:18]. He, indeed, was by birth a Chaldaean; but, that he might receive these great promises, and that there might be propagated from him a seed “disposed by angels in the hand of a Mediator” [Gl 3:19], in whom this universal way, thrown open to all nations for the deliverance of the soul, might be found, he was ordered to leave his country, and kindred, and father’s house. Then was he himself, first of all, delivered from the Chaldaean superstitions, and by his obedience worshipped the one true God, whose promises he faithfully trusted. This is the universal way, of which it is said in [this] holy prophecy. . . . And hence, when our Savior, so long after, had taken flesh of the seed of Abraham, he says of himself, “I am the way, the truth, and the life” [Jn 14:6].” 

(Augustine, City of God 10.32) [7]
Psalm 67:6:

“This . . . is the universal way for the deliverance of believers, concerning which the faithful Abraham received the divine assurance, “In your seed shall all nations be blessed” [see Gn 22:18]. He, indeed, was by birth a Chaldaean [Babylonian]; but, that he might receive these great promises, and that there might be propagated from him a seed “disposed by angels in the hand of a Mediator” [Gl 3:19]—in whom this universal way, thrown open to all nations for the deliverance of the soul, might be found—he was ordered to leave his country, and kindred, and father’s house. Then was he himself, first of all, delivered from the Chaldaean superstitions, and by his obedience worshipped the one true God, whose promises he faithfully trusted. This is the universal way, of which it is said in holy prophecy, “God be merciful unto us, and bless us, and cause his face to shine upon us; that your way may be known upon earth, your saving health among all nations.” And hence, when our Savior, so long after, had taken flesh of the seed of Abraham, he says of himself, “I am the way, the truth, and the life” [Jn 14:6].” 

(Augustine, City of God 10.32) [8]

Lord, in your mercy 

      hear our prayer. 

Lord, hear us. 

      Lord, graciously hear us.

Midday Prayer

Remember that I am the work of thy hands.— Psalm cxxxviii. 8. 

      The image of thy countenance.—Gen. i. 26. 

      The price of thy blood.—1 Cor. vi. 20. 

      An heir of thy name.—Acts xi. 26. 

      A sheep of thy pasture.—Psalm c. 3. 

      A child of thy covenant.—Acts iii. 25. 

Forsake not the works of thine own hands.— Psalm cxxxviii. 8. 

Behold thine own image and likeness.—Gen. i. 26.

  • Lancelot Andrewes [9]
For the Future of the Human Race

O God our heavenly Father, you have blessed us and given us dominion over all the earth: Increase our reverence before the mystery of life; and give us new insight into your purposes for the human race, and new wisdom and determination in making provision for its future in accordance with your will; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. [10]

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit: as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen. 

Alleluia!

Short Verse

Worship the LORD, O Jerusalem;* praise your God, O Zion; For he has strengthened the bars of your gates;* he has blessed your children within you. 

Psalm 147:13–14

The royal crown of Sweden, made in 1561 by Cornelius ver Weiden for the coronation of Eric XIV (Wikipedia)

Midday Reading

Proverbs 2:1-6, Knowledge of God like silver

1 My son, if you will receive my words

And treasure my commandments within you,

2 So that your ear is attentive to [skillful and godly] wisdom,

And apply your heart to understanding [seeking it conscientiously and striving for it eagerly];

3 Yes, if you cry out for insight,

And lift up your voice for understanding;

4 If you seek skillful and godly wisdom as you would silver

And search for her as you would hidden treasures;

5 Then you will understand the [reverent] fear of the LORD [that is, worshiping Him and regarding Him as truly awesome]

And discover the knowledge of God.

6 For the LORD gives [skillful and godly] wisdom;

From His mouth come knowledge and understanding.

Midday Lesson

The crown of the virtues

Verses 1-4 “begin the second of the my son passages [in Proverbs] and tie the concepts of wisdom and the knowledge of God more closely together. On the one hand, wisdom is near and available. Yet it is not easy to embrace.” [11]

“A loving son receives the words of Wisdom and hides them in his heart. Such a son becomes an obedient listener to Wisdom and inclines his heart to understanding.” [12] “Christ, the Wisdom of the Father, places the crown of the virtues (understanding and perception) on a son who seeks Him as intensely as people seek monetary gain (silver and treasure). Such a son will understand godly fear and come to know God the Trinity.” [13]


Lord, in your mercy 

      hear our prayer. 

Lord, hear us. 

      Lord, graciously hear us.

Eventide Prayer

Guide us in peace, O Lord our Lord, gathering us together under the feet of thine elect, when thou wilt, and as thou wilt, only without shame and sin. LET me remember the days of darkness, for they are many -.—Eccles. xi. 8. That I be not cast into outer darkness.— Matt. xxii. 13.

  • Lancelot Andrews [14]
For Preservation

Almighty God, vouchsafe, I beseech Thee, to direct, sanctify, and govern both my heart and body in the ways of Thy laws, and in the works of Thy commandments, that through Thy mighty protection, both here and ever, I may be preserved by night and by day, in body and in soul, through our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen.

  • William Laud, Abp of Canterbury [15]

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit: as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen. 

Alleluia!

Short Verse

For the LORD has heard the sound of my weeping. The LORD has heard my supplication;* the LORD accepts my prayer. 

Psalm 6:8–9

Eventide Reading

Acts 15:36-41, Paul and Barnabas part company

36 After some days Paul said to Barnabas, “Come, let us return and visit the brothers and sisters in every city where we proclaimed the word of the Lord and see how they are doing.” 37 Barnabas wanted to take with them John called Mark. 38 But Paul decided not to take with them one who had deserted them in Pamphylia and had not accompanied them in the work. 39 The disagreement became so sharp that they parted company; Barnabas took Mark with him and sailed away to Cyprus. 40 But Paul chose Silas and set out, the brothers and sisters commending him to the grace of the Lord. 41 He went through Syria and Cilicia, strengthening the churches.

Eventide Lesson

John Mark’s departing 

“Part of the apostolic calling is making new disciples, while an equally important part is strengthening those who already believe. It would be an empty gesture for the Church to convert someone and then leave him to struggle on his own. Instead, the believers’ souls must be guarded and continually nurtured.” [16]

John Mark’s “departing from them became the cause of great strife with Paul, and also between Paul and Barnabas (15:37-40). But God’s work still flourishes.” [17]

“This dispute shows that Christians can be played with disagreements concerning details and can even separate physically without falling from communion with one another. This particular dispute was eventually resolved, and John Mark later rejoined Paul (see 2Ti 4:11).” [18]

Concluding Prayer of the Church

O heavenly Father, you give your children sleep for the refreshing of soul and body: Grant me this gift, I pray; keep me in that perfect peace which you have promised to those whose minds are fixed on you; and give me such a sense of your presence, that in the hours of silence I may enjoy the blessed assurance of your love; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. [19]

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit: as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen. 

Alleluia!


Citations:

[1] Andrewes, Lancelot. The Private Devotions and Manual for the Sick of Launcelot Andrews (Kindle ed., p. 210). Kindle Edition. 

[2] Andrewes, Lancelot. The Private Devotions and Manual for the Sick of Launcelot Andrews (Kindle ed., p. 239). Kindle Edition. 

[3] Papavassiliou, V. (2014). Morning Prayers. In The ancient faith prayer book (Kindle ed., p. 17). Chesterton, IN: Ancient Faith Publishing.

[4] Church House Publishing. (2005). Psalter. In Common worship: Daily prayer (pp. 874). 

[5] Tyndale House Publishers. (2012). Psalms. In Chronological life application study Bible (Kindle ed., p. 6474). Carol Stream, IL: Tyndale House Pub.

[6] Ibid. 5

[7] Augustine. (2019). Psalms. In Ancient faith study Bible (Kindle ed., p. 2323). Nashville: Holman Bible.

[8] Ibid. 7

[9] Andrewes, Lancelot. The Private Devotions and Manual for the Sick of Launcelot Andrews (Kindle ed., p. 462). Kindle Edition. 

[10] Episcopal Church. (1979). Prayers and Thanksgivings. 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. 828). New York, NY: Church Publishing Incorporated.

[11] Radmacher, E. D., Allen, R. B., & House, H. W. (2018). Proverbs. In Holy Bible Nkjv Study Bible, Personal Size: Full-color Edition (Kindle, Third, p. 3861). essay, Thomas Nelson, Inc. 

[12] Academic Community of St. Athanasius Academy of Orthodox Theology (2008). Proverbs. In The Orthodox study Bible (p. 856). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson.

[13] Ibid. 12, P. 857

[14] Andrewes, Lancelot. The Private Devotions and Manual for the Sick of Launcelot Andrews (Kindle ed., p. 2567). Kindle Edition. 

[15] LAUD, W. (1855). Thursday Compline: For Preservation. In The Private Devotions of Dr. William Laud, Archbishop of Canterbury and Martyr (Ebook ed., p. 51-52). London and Oxford: John Henry & Jas. Parker.

[16] Academic Community of St. Athanasius Academy of Orthodox Theology (2008). Acts. In The Orthodox study Bible (p. 1527). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson.

[17] Ibid. 16, P. 1523

[18] Ibid. 16, P. 1528

[19] Episcopal Church. (1979). Ministration to the Sick. 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. 461). New York, NY: Church Publishing Incorporated.

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