Daily Devotion - Monday, 21 September

DAILY DEVOTIONS

Monday, 21 September 2020

(The video version is available by clicking HERE )

Call to Prayer

Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth, said the Psalmist. Worship the Lord, with gladness, come into his presence with singing.  (Psalm 100 : 1 & 2)

Welcome to Daily Devotions from Cramond Kirk on Monday, 21 September 2020.

Prayer

Sing to the Lord, a joyful song

Lift up your hearts, your voices raise

To us his gracious gifts belong

To him our songs of love and praise.

Amen

(Hymn 184)

Introduction                                                                                                                                   

Hymns are going to be the theme of our daily devotions this week.

Do you have a favourite hymn - Immortal, invisible, is one of mine.

Based on a verse from the 1st letter of Timothy - Now unto the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only wise God, be honour and glory for ever and ever - it was written by a Free Kirk minister called Walter Chalmers Smith.

Born in Aberdeen, as well as being a minister Smith was a poet, and it was said composing poetry was for Smith the retreat of his nature from the burden of his labours.

Quite what we should make of that goodness knows!

The original version of the hymn had six verses and was first published in 1867 but after a number of revisions, the four verse version was included in the influential The English Hymnal (1906) assuring its fame to the present day.

It is a hymn which speaks to us of the greatness, mystery and majesty of God yet it also lets us glimpse the nature of God and the divine passion for justice.

As well as being the source of all life, great and small, God is also the source of true life, God’s unchanging nature being the very opposite of living things who blossom and flourish but then wither and perish. So what is there left for us to do but to follow the angels and render our praise.

 

Immortal, invisible, God only wise

in light inaccessible hid from our eyes,

most blessed, most glorious, the Ancient of Days,

almighty, victorious, thy great name we praise.

 

Unresting, unhasting, and silent as light,

nor wanting nor wasting, thou rulest in might;

thy justice like mountains, high soaring above

Thy clouds which are fountains of goodness and love.

 

To all life thou givest, to both great and small;

in all life thou livest the true life of all

we blossom and flourish as leaves on the tree

and wither and perish but naught changeth thee.

 

Great Father of glory, pure Father of light

thine angels adore thee, all veiling their sight,

All praise we would render: O help us to see

‘tis only the splendour of light hideth thee.

 

Prayer

As we join together in these daily devotions

draw us into the mystery and majesty of Your presence.

 

Source of all life,

fountain of all goodness and love,

call out from us the justice You require

as we pray for the world and its people.

 

Help us bring peace to the many places of conflict

and shelter to people who are refugees

or who have lost their homes in devastating wild fires.

 

Hold in Your healing presence and power

all who are sick or distressed or in any form of need.

 

Bring us and all for whom we pray

into the light of Your presence

as together with the angels and with all Your people

we pray our Lord’s prayer

 

Our Father

Which art in heaven

Hallowed be Thy name

Thy kingdom come

Thy will be done in earth as it is in heaven

Give us this day our daily bread

And forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors

And lead us not into temptation

But deliver us from evil

For thine is the kingdom

The power and the glory

For ever

Amen

 

The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with us all.  

Amen