Seeking God's Face is a daily, contemplative devotional — rooted in the ancient traditions of the Divine Office and "lectio divina" — guiding you to renewed communion with God through sacred Scripture and universal prayer.

August 13, 2023

— Ordinary Time • Week 12 • Day 1

Invitation Psalm 103:6

"The Lord works righteousness and justice for all the oppressed."


Bible Song Psalm 38:1-8, 21-22

Lord, do not rebuke me in your anger
or discipline me in your wrath.

Your arrows have pierced me,
and your hand has come down on me.

Because of your wrath there is no health in my body;
there is no soundness in my bones because of my sin.

My guilt has overwhelmed me
like a burden too heavy to bear.

My wounds fester and are loathsome
because of my sinful folly.

I am bowed down and brought very low;
all day long I go about mourning.

My back is filled with searing pain;
there is no health in my body.

I am feeble and utterly crushed;
I groan in anguish of heart...

Lord, do not forsake me;
do not be far from me, my God.

Come quickly to help me,
my Lord and my Savior.

Bible Reading Exodus 1:6-14

Now Joseph and all his brothers and all that generation died, but the Israelites were exceedingly fruitful; they multiplied greatly, increased in numbers and became so numerous that the land was filled with them.

Then a new king, to whom Joseph meant nothing, came to power in Egypt. "Look," he said to his people, "the Israelites have become far too numerous for us. Come, we must deal shrewdly with them or they will become even more numerous and, if war breaks out, will join our enemies, fight against us and leave the country."

So they put slave masters over them to oppress them with forced labor, and they built Pithom and Rameses as store cities for Pharaoh. But the more they were oppressed, the more they multiplied and spread; so the Egyptians came to dread the Israelites and worked them ruthlessly. They made their lives bitter with harsh labor in brick and mortar and with all kinds of work in the fields; in all their harsh labor the Egyptians worked them ruthlessly.



Leisurely read again ... is there a word or idea that stirred within you? Linger over it and give it your attention ... is there something about the reading you'd like to ask God about? Pray your life to God ... take a moment to rest in God's presence.

Free Prayer

  • for fellowship with the risen Jesus
  • for spiritual renewal and refreshment

The Lord's Prayer

Prayer BC 36

God of good order, government is your gift through which you rule earthly life. Help me to honor and respect my leaders and pray for good government. And when power corrupts, authority is abused, and people are oppressed, keep me obedient to your Word, confronting wisely and praying defiantly, with a yielded heart that longs for your reign. Amen.

Blessing Exodus 15:2

"The Lord is my strength and my defense; he has become my salvation. He is my God, and I will praise him, my father's God, and I will exalt him."