Epiphany, Day 40


Today’s morning and evening meditations are available below in script and audio forms. The audio version is also available for free download on the player.


Morning

SCRIPT VERSION

Invitation

“Praise be to the Lord, to God our Savior, who daily bears our burdens. Our God is a God who saves; from the Sovereign Lord comes escape from death.” (Psalm 68:19-20)

Silence

(Spend few moments in silence and stillness).

Reading: Psalm 42:1-6

As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, my God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God.

When can I go and meet with God? My tears have been my food day and night, while people say to me all day long, “Where is your God?”

These things I remember as I pour out my soul: how I used to go to the house of God under the protection of the Mighty One with shouts of joy and praise among the festive throng.

Why, my soul, are you downcast? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God.

My soul is downcast within me; therefore I will remember you.

Prayer

• for a deeper understanding of the gospel

• for the full experience of our adoption as God’s children

• for gentleness when giving a reason for the hope within us

AUDIO VERSION


Evening

SCRIPT VERSION

Reading: Mark 3:7-12

Jesus withdrew with his disciples to the lake, and a large crowd from Galilee followed. When they heard about all he was doing, many people came to him from Judea, Jerusalem, Idumea, and the regions across the Jordan and around Tyre and Sidon. Because of the crowd he told his disciples to have a small boat ready for him, to keep the people from crowding him. For he had healed many, so that those with diseases were pushing forward to touch him. Whenever the impure spirits saw him, they fell down before him and cried out, “You are the Son of God.” But he gave them strict orders not to tell others about him.

Silence

(Spend few moments in silence and stillness).

Dwelling

Remind yourself you are in God’s presence and read again. Notice how God might be speaking to you through the words. Dwell on a word or phrase that jumps out at you. Let your heart respond to God in prayer. Take refreshment in God’s presence.

Prayer

Jesus, Logos. Your teaching is fresh with wisdom and piercing with clarity. If I’ve ever wondered about the mind of God, if I’ve ever struggled to know God’s heart, I need look no further than you. Help me listen to you as you perfectly reveal the hidden wisdom and will of God for my deliverance. Amen. (HC 31)

Blessing

“I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with unfailing kindness.” (Jeremiah 31:3)

AUDIO VERSION

 

About Epiphany

Epiphany is a series of weeks, beginning twelve days after Christmas, in which the church reflects on the manifestation of Christ to all peoples.

Abbreviations

BC Belgic Confession

CD Canons of Dort

HC Heidelberg Catechism

WC Westminster Confession

WLC Westminster Larger Catechism

WSC Westminster Shorter Catechism

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