THE CALL | Lamentations 3:25 [ESV]
The LORD is good to those who wait for him,
to the soul who seeks him.
CONFESSION | Lamentations 3:28–30 [ESV]
The phrase, Kyrie eleison, simply means "Lord have mercy" and has been used by the Church for centuries, including by Reformers like John Calvin as a congregational refrain during worship. We often use it to ask for the forgiveness of personal sin, but it is just as appropriate to call upon God's saving mercy as we experience the sinful effects of others upon us. Here we will use it as such. You can speak it, or you can sing it:
~Kyrie eleison [sheet music]~
Let him sit alone in silence
when it is laid on him;
let him put his mouth in the dust--
there may yet be hope;
let him give his cheek to the one who strikes,
and let him be filled with insults.
ASSURANCE | Lamentations 3:28–30 [ESV]
For the Lord will not
cast off forever,
but, though he cause grief, he will have compassion
according to the abundance of his steadfast love;
for he does not afflict from his heart
or grieve the children of men.
SING | Doxology [sheet music]
Praise God, from Whom all blessings flow;
Praise Him, all creatures here below;
Praise Him above, ye heavenly host;
Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.
Read Psalm 33
2nd Reading: Is. 55
(Psalm 33:16-17) “The king is not saved by his great army; a warrior is not delivered by his great strength.
The war horse is a false hope for salvation, and by its great might it cannot rescue.”
This is a psalm of praise for all that the Lord has created and for the Lord who reigns omnipotently over his creation. The omnipotence of God is the belief that God is all powerful, which is one way the psalmist challenges the reader of this psalm.
In verse 10 we read that the Lord brings the “counsel of nations to nothing” and “frustrates the plans of the people.” Part of praising God as our all-powerful creator is putting the smaller world-powers in their place. Nations will make their plans, but their steps belong to the Lord. The temptation to put ultimate faith in government institutions is not a new concept.
Verses 16 and 17 bring this concept into a more personal understanding. One might assume that when an army has a victory it is because of the strength of that army, perhaps strong horses or strong soldiers or a strong king. The psalmist reminds us that these are false hopes. Today, our material things on which we rely, while useful and good, can become false hopes.
It’s important in every success of life to give acknowledgment and praise to God for the victory. God is not only the creator but the sustainer of life. We must humbly recognize our position before him. Take some time to give him praise for any and every success you have had in life. Confess false hopes. Lastly, (v.20) wait for the Lord “he is our help and our shield.”
THURSDAY-MEMORIZE | Psalm 123
- Spend time memorizing the words of the Psalm as best you can -
Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your Name,
your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
And forgive us our debts,
as we also have forgiven our debtors
And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.
For yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever,
The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases;
his mercies never come to an end;
they are new every morning;
great is your faithfulness.
“The LORD is my portion,” says my soul,
“therefore I will hope in him.”
City Reformed Presbyterian Church
The 90 Days project is a collaborative effort of many church leaders. Matt Koerber and Daniel Snoke have taken lead roles, with others helping to write daily devotionals.