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

Devotion for Wednesday, August 24, 2022

The Rt. Rev. Archimandrite, Msgr. George Appleyard

August 7

An Invitation to Prayer

Bless the Lord, all you winds,

sing to him and acclaim him gloriously forever.

—Bless the Lord, fire and heat,

sing to him and acclaim him gloriously forever.

(Daniel 3:65&66)

Psalm 142(143):7-12

Hear me quickly, O Lord,

my spirit is ebbing.

Do not turn your face away from me

or I will be like those going down into the pit.

Let me hear your mercy in the morning,

for I have hoped in you.

Make me know the way in which I should go, Lord,

for I have entrusted my life to you.

Rescue me from my enemies, Lord,

for I have taken refuge in you.

Teach me to do your will, for you are my God.

Your Good Spirit will lead onto level ground.

You will revive me for the sake of your name;

you will deliver my soul from affliction in your justice.

You will wipe out my enemies in your mercy

and destroy all those who afflict my soul,

for I am your servant.

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

Now there are certain expressions which sound like an oath but which are not real oaths; rather, they are used to show respect to the listener. For example, when Joseph was trying to win over the Egyptians, he swore an oath, “By the health of Pharaoh!” (Gen. 42:15) And when St. Paul was telling the Corinthians about his love for them, he said, “By the boast I make in you which I have in Christ Jesus our Lord!” (I Cor. 15:31) Now Paul, who believed the Gospel, did not contradict its teaching. Rather, he used a simple statement like an oath to show his pride in them, as if he valued them above everything.

A Prayer

If we speak of your anger and rage, O God, and call upon you to do justice at times in a frightful way, it is because we humans see in rightful anger the genuine proof that something is both precious and important, and that you are not indifferent to us but, like a devoted parent, you want the best for us even when we do not see it that way.  Never let us develop a spiritually lazy attitude of seeing you as tolerating anything and everything, especially that which will harm or even destroy us, Amen!