Your word is a lamp for my feet and a light for my path. (Psalm 119)
‘Disaster had struck! In Philippi a few days after Lydia, the dealer in purple cloth, had converted so eagerly to the Good News of Christ Jesus, Paul and Silas met great antagonism. Another Philippian citizen raised such a backlash to the Gospel that Paul and Silas were severely beaten and shackled to the wall of an inner jail cell to await further torture and almost certain death. Their response? To pray and sing songs of the Spirit in praise to God. By the end of the night, not only were Paul and Silas delivered miraculously from prison, but all of the other prisoners who heard their prayers and praise had been evangelised. The jailer and his household had been baptized and filled with the Holy Spirit. What a turn of events! When I am mistreated by others what will be my response – talking about all the injustices or turning to the Lord with prayers and songs of praise? Holy Spirit, set my default as prayer and songs of the Spirit.
On the day I called, you answered me, you increased my strength of soul. (Psalm 138:3 )
My thoughts will be clear; I will speak words of wisdom. I will turn my attention to proverbs and explain their meaning as I play the harp.
King David, Psalm 49:3,4
Soli gloriam dei.
Beverly Illauq lives in Kemptville, Ontario, where she greets each morning by seeking the Gospel Mystery of the Day - the Word of the Lord for direct and practical application to the specific challenges & joys of the day.