Daily Devotional by Rev. Dr. Kandace Brooks
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Morning by Morning Daily Devotional Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Psalm 138

Watchword for the week:  The Lord will fulfill his purpose for me; your steadfast love, O Lord, endures forever. Psalm 138:8
I give you thanks, O Lord, with my whole heart;
    before the gods I sing your praise;
I bow down toward your holy temple
    and give thanks to your name for your steadfast love and your faithfulness;
    for you have exalted your name and your word
    above everything.
On the day I called, you answered me,
    you increased my strength of soul.

All the kings of the earth shall praise you, O Lord,
    for they have heard the words of your mouth.
They shall sing of the ways of the Lord,
    for great is the glory of the Lord.
For though the Lord is high, he regards the lowly;
    but the haughty he perceives from far away.

Though I walk in the midst of trouble,
    you preserve me against the wrath of my enemies;
you stretch out your hand,
    and your right hand delivers me.
The Lord will fulfill his purpose for me;
    your steadfast love, O Lord, endures forever.
    Do not forsake the work of your hands.

Psalm 138
The psalmist gives voice to his thanks and praise to God - foreshadowing the command of Christ to love God with our whole heart.  What strikes me about this psalm is the formula - which provides for us a pattern of praise.
We begin with words of thanks; continue with a specific and personal example of God's gracious actions toward us.  Then, we point to general characteristics of God (For though the Lord is high, he regards the lowly...), and then return to a  more personal experience of God.  Notice that the psalmist closes with a statement of promise - not a promise TO God, but rather a promise FROM God.  What promise would you lay claim to this day?
Our prayers focus our hearts on God and the work of God in the world and in our lives.  What would it look like for you to use this pattern today for your praying?

THANK YOU Saint Paul's for your wonderful outreach of compassionate care for a member of our congregation.  Please be in prayer for Laurie Batten this week, as she recovers from her surgery today.  Surgery went well and Laurie is resting comfortably, but is not yet ready for visitors. You can help by providing a meal in the next few weeks as she recovers.  Check out this website to sign up to help!

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