The Lord Be With You Today!
So justice is far from us, and righteousness does not reach us.
(There is only one instance, one situation, when the Lord’s justice
for His people and against their oppressors is not in effect.
There is only one instance, one situation,
when the Lord’s righteousness does not cover His people.
When Israel or we today make conscious choices
to walk into darkness and sin, we block His protection and provision for us.)
We look for light, but all is darkness; for brightness, but we walk in deep shadows.
Like the blind we grope along the wall, feeling our way like people without eyes.
At midday we stumble as if it were twilight; among the strong, we are like the dead.
(In our persistent attempt to live life our way,
to define right-living and righteousness in our terms,
to formulate for ourselves how we approach God,
to make gods for ourselves out of things and people and situations,
as long as we persist in these endeavors, we miss God.
We walk in a darkness where we call light dark and dark light.
Though blind and vulnerable, we act as if we see, as if we are indomitable.
The righteousness of God that justifies us, that protects us from oppression,
the light that dispels shadowed darkness and reveals a clear path ahead
become our strength when we repent of our foolish rebellion,
when we seek the Lord’s forgiveness and submit to Him.
Then we are covered in all God’s great provision for us today.)
May the Lord richly bless you this day!
In Christ’s love,
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