This Daily Devotion is to help our members and others reflect on the understanding of Christian service to our Lord.

Devotion for Tuesday, August 10, 2021

The Rt. Rev. Archimandrite, Msgr. George Appleyard

August 6

An Invitation to Prayer

Bless the Lord, every Power,

sing to him and acclaim him gloriously forever.

—Bless the Lord, sun and moon,

sing to him and acclaim him gloriously forever.

(Daniel 3:61&62)

Psalm 6

Do not disgrace me in your rage, O Lord,

nor discipline me in your anger.

Have mercy on me, Lord, for I am weak,

heal me, Lord, for my bones are wracked,

and my mind is terribly distressed.

But you? How long, O Lord?

Turn, O Lord, and rescue my life,

save me for your mercy’s sake.

No one among the dead remembers you,

and who in the Underworld acknowledges you?

I am tired of my groaning.

I cry on my bed all night;

I drench my bedding with my tears.

My eyes burned with fury,

and I am worn out by my enemies.

Get away from me, all you who work at evil,

for the Lord has heard the sound of my weeping.

The Lord has heard my supplication;

the Lord has acknowledged my prayer.

May all my enemies be humiliated and utterly confounded,

turned back quickly and completely disgraced.

 

From Basil’s homily on Psalm 14, sec. 5, cont.:

Now in many places what is designated as an oath is the unwavering confirmation of some fact. For example, “I have sworn an oath and made up my mind to obey the ordinances of your justice.” (Ps. 118:106) And, “the Lord has sworn an oath and will not change.” (Ps. 109:4) Here David did not bring God to testify to his statements and remove doubts about their reliability, but rather God confirmed the grace promised to David with an unshakeable and immutable decree. So this passage may be taken the same way. “He promises something to his neighbor,” and he is affirming that and more than that; that is, that he will not change his mind. And this is in line with what the Lord said, “Let your yes mean yes; and your no, no.” (Matt. 6:37) Confirm issues like this with a gesture of assent. Never allow yourself to be persuaded, even if everybody were urging you, to agree to something in contradiction to the truth of the matter.

A Prayer

I must take note, O Holy Spirit, that there are times when I must feign ignorance or even speak obliquely. Sacred obligations of confidentiality and secrecy may demand it, and even simple charity may command it. Help me to discern when to speak and when to be silent, when to be forthright and when to evade, and never let me justify using one for the other. Always keep me alert lest I fall prey to an unholy expediency. Amen!