Luther Seminary God Pause
Tuesday, 11/25/2014 Reading: Psalm 80:1-7, 17-19
It is good to negotiate from a position of strength. The opposite seems to be the situation we encounter in these verses from Psalm 80, however. The words would seem to suggest much more that of a Keebler elf versus Godzilla, of putting the cart before the horse.
The psalmist seems to say "Listen up, God! Come on down! And oh, by the way, quit making us laughing-stocks through your delay!" And just when we might think the psalmist can't get much more "in God's face," we hear more words to this effect: "And once you've bailed us out, then we'll never turn from you. Give us life, then we will call on your name."
But then we might recall after all ... we are in the days just before Advent, so ... before we prepare the way of the Lord--before we prepare for his once and future coming, I guess we need to prepare ourselves. We need to face the fact that no matter how many times we claim we'll never turn from God, it doesn't take long to stray.
Good and gracious God, be patient with us, even when we pretend we can set the terms for your intervention in our lives. Forgive us, prepare us, deliver us--all under the umbrella of your gracious will. Amen.>
Keith Muschinske Chaplain, United States Air Force (retired) Eagle River, Alaska Master of Divinity, 1989
Psalm 80:1-7, 17-19 (NRSV)
1 Give ear, O Shepherd of Israel, you who lead Joseph like a flock! You who are enthroned upon the cherubim, shine forth 2 before Ephraim and Benjamin and Manasseh. Stir up your might, and come to save us! 3 Restore us, O God; let your face shine, that we may be saved. 4 O Lord God of hosts, how long will you be angry with your people's prayers? 5 You have fed them with the bread of tears, and given them tears to drink in full measure. 6 You make us the scorn of our neighbors; our enemies laugh among themselves. 7 Restore us, O God of hosts; let your face shine, that we may be saved. 17 But let your hand be upon the one at your right hand, the one whom you made strong for yourself. 18 Then we will never turn back from you; give us life, and we will call on your name. 19 Restore us, O Lord God of hosts; let your face shine, that we may be saved.
Please forward this e-mail to a friend! http://send.luthersem.edu/public/webform/renderform/default/848eff8bea7092a93dfabe641c758499/ftaf/jcygk51rv7pgytti1o5iqlj3q6x7o/avixfjwqduwchzpuqqthjdexiqytbnb?tid=3.NX4.ChNR1A.G6ht.Ax5cDA..BFvI5w.b..l.Ayzt.n.VHRrvw.VHRrvw.6EzxA
This God Pause daily devotion is brought to you by alumni/ae of Luther Seminary.
Luther Seminary educates leaders for Christian communities across the country and around the world. It is the largest of the eight seminaries in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA).
We invite you to join us online for our daily chapel service.
Luther Seminary Faith Resource Spotlight
You are currently subscribed to these God Pause daily devotions as email@example.com
Manage your email preferences: http://send.luthersem.edu/public/webform/renderform/default/848eff8bea7092a93dfabe641c758499/manpref/jcygk51rv7pgytti1o5iqlj3q6x7o/avixfjwqduwchzpuqqthjdexiqytbnb?tid=3.NX4.ChNR1A.G6ht.Ax5cDA..BFvI5w.b..l.Ayzt.n.VHRrvw.VHRrvw.6EzxA
Scripture quotations are from the New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright 1989, Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.
For best viewing of future e-mails, please add firstname.lastname@example.org to your Safe Senders List or Address Book.
If you no longer wish to receive these emails, please click below to Manage Email Preferences and uncheck the God Pause list. http://send.luthersem.edu/public/webform/renderform/default/848eff8bea7092a93dfabe641c758499/manpref/jcygk51rv7pgytti1o5iqlj3q6x7o/avixfjwqduwchzpuqqthjdexiqytbnb?tid=3.NX4.ChNR1A.G6ht.Ax5cDA..BFvI5w.b..l.Ayzt.n.VHRrvw.VHRrvw.6EzxA
Unsubscribe from all messages, not just God Pause: http://send.luthersem.edu/public/webform/renderform/default/848eff8bea7092a93dfabe641c758499/unsub/jcygk51rv7pgytti1o5iqlj3q6x7o/avixfjwqduwchzpuqqthjdexiqytbnb?tid=3.NX4.ChNR1A.G6ht.Ax5cDA..BFvI5w.b..l.Ayzt.n.VHRrvw.VHRrvw.6EzxA
This email was sent to email@example.com by Luther Seminary 2481 Como Ave. | St. Paul | MN | 55108