Tuesday, December 2, 2008


Advent Day 2
The Journey Toward Bethlehem
Year of Our LORD, 12.2.2008

I will go in the strength of the Lord GOD,
I will make mention of Thy+ righteousness,
even of Thine+ only.
Psalm 71:16
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No, we will not blaspheme.
Nor will we curse nor let wicked things pour forth from our lips.
Some of us have even trained our lips to refuse to jest
and to refuse to make foolish remarks.
But, who can resist “mentioning” what
“we” have done well,
“our” accomplishments?

If we wish to go in the strength of Adonai JEHOVAH, the Psalmist tells us how to do this: we must forget what we have done and make mention only of the righteousness of The LORD our GOD.
As the Psalmist says: “LORD, open Thou+ my lips and
my mouth shall show forth
THY+ praise”
… not ours
and of a certainty,
not mine.

But HE+ giveth more grace.
Wherefore HE+ saith,
GOD resisteth the proud,
but giveth grace unto the humble.
James 4:6

Humble yourselves
in the sight of the LORD,
and HE+ shall lift you up.
James 4:10

Let us pray:

O GOD our FATHER, I have done foolishly.
My lips have uttered my own praises instead of Thine+.
Help me, O LORD, to bring glory unto Thee+ and refuse it for myself… and let me be aware of the snare of the fouler of my soul.
I do love Thee+, O Lover of my Soul, ... more than the praises of men.
For in Thee+ is life and in Thee+ alone is the Light of men. Receive this, my imperfect prayer, and restore my soul in Thee+, through the name of Thy+ Unblemished SON+, our LORD and SAVIOR, JESUS CHRIST. Amen.
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