What I Read Today;

Titus 1; John 16; Isaiah 53-54; Psalm 84; Deuteronomy 31-32

It’s bizarre not having a church open on Sunday.  This is now the second week of church closings.  When you consider that restaurants, athletic events, concerts, sports seasons, and parks are closed, it hits home how we take things for granted.

During this time, we should consider our worship life.  How stale things have gotten for us?  How we’ve taken for granted the real worship of our God?

When worship re-opens, and it will re-open, will we take a moment to consider what we’ve missed during this time?  Will we hear the words of Psalm 84 differently?  I know I will.

“1 How lovely is your dwelling place,
O Lord of hosts!
2 My soul longs, indeed it faints
for the courts of the Lord;
my heart and my flesh sing for joy
to the living God.

3 Even the sparrow finds a home,
and the swallow a nest for herself,
where she may lay her young,
at your altars, O Lord of hosts,
my King and my God.
4 Happy are those who live in your house,
ever singing your praise.Selah

5 Happy are those whose strength is in you,
in whose heart are the highways to Zion.[a]
6 As they go through the valley of Baca
they make it a place of springs;
the early rain also covers it with pools.
7 They go from strength to strength;
the God of gods will be seen in Zion.

8 O Lord God of hosts, hear my prayer;
give ear, O God of Jacob!Selah
9 Behold our shield, O God;
look on the face of your anointed.

10 For a day in your courts is better
than a thousand elsewhere.
I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God
than live in the tents of wickedness.
11 For the Lord God is a sun and shield;
he bestows favor and honor.
No good thing does the Lord withhold
from those who walk uprightly.
12 O Lord of hosts,
happy is everyone who trusts in you.” NRSV

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