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Devotion - January 14, 2020

Psalm 40:6–11

6. Sacrifice and offering you did not desire, but my ears you have pierced.

Burnt offerings and sin offerings you did not require. 7. Then I said, “Here I am, I have come— it is written about me in the scroll. 8. I desire to do your will, O my God; your law is within my heart.” 9. I proclaim righteousness in the great assembly; I do not seal my lips, as you know, O Lord, 10. I do not hide your righteousness in my heart; I speak of your faithfulness and salvation. I do not conceal your love and your truth from the great assembly. 11. Do not withhold your mercy from me, O Lord; may your love and your truth

always protect me.

Reflection by Darlene Wagner In this psalm, attributed to David, a priestly voice speaks. There is an offering the God of Heaven desires above all else: a devoted heart and life. The burnt offerings and sin offerings prescribed in previous books of the Old Testament are cheap compared to true commitment. The God of Heaven demands obedience rather than sacrifice. Obedience is seldom easy, yet it may come naturally from a heart which longs for the Divine Presence. Obedience may come naturally from a mind which meditates upon scriptures. Obedience may come naturally to the person whose hands are already in the habit of good deeds. Invocation:

Dear Lord Christ, How shall I serve you in your cause of peace? Across this Earth and up to Heaven, how shall I learn your skills: Of healing discord, binding wounds, and reconciling differences? By daily reading of you, daily opening my heart to you, And seeing you in every person all around me everywhere!

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