“Let the Amen sound from His people again”Joachim Neander (1650-1680); Translated by Catherine Winkworth
Today is a day to sing “Amen.” Let’s affirm with generations of saints–“Yes I believe.”
When Jesus tells the Pharisees to render to Caesar what is Caesar’s, he also tells them to give to God what is God’s. To give to God what is His means we recognize His rule over His creation and submit, not only to his Lordship in our individual lives, but also to His Lordship in this world. If our trust and hope is in any other power, it will prove false, leading us either to pride or fear.
In our prayer journey these weeks, we have recognized how the Lordship of Christ can be difficult to see in this world that is waiting for His final restoration. But today we return to where we started, knowing that the goodness of our God extends from the beginning of His good creation to the fulfillment of His reign. Our biblical prophets and visionaries paint this vision boldly. Today we rest in that vision of His Glory with a hope and peace that will in turn bear witness to that Glory. Such hope and peace will boggle the minds of those around us who are living in the anxiety caused by trusting in false powers.
We pray today for a renewed vision of God’s reign and restoration in this world and to live out our role in that redemption–Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done.
- Psalm 29
- Zechariah 9:9-17
- Mark 12:13-17
- Revelation 4:1 – 5:14
- Revelation 15:3-4