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.

September 11, 2022

— Ordinary Time • Week 15 • Day 1

Invitation Psalm 57:9-10

"I will praise you, Lord, among the nations; I will sing of you among the peoples. For great is your love, reaching to the heavens; your faithfulness reaches to the skies."

Quiet

Bible Song Psalm 59:1-3, 14-17

Deliver me from my enemies, O God;
be my fortress against those who are attacking me.

Deliver me from evildoers
and save me from those who are after my blood.

See how they lie in wait for me!
Fierce men conspire against me
for no offense or sin of mine, Lord...

They return at evening,
snarling like dogs,
and prowl about the city.

They wander about for food
and howl if not satisfied.

But I will sing of your strength,
in the morning I will sing of your love;

for you are my fortress,
my refuge in times of trouble.

You are my strength, I sing praise to you;
you, God, are my fortress,
my God on whom I can rely.

Bible Reading Leviticus 10:1-3, 8-11

Aaron's sons Nadab and Abihu took their censers, put fire in them and added incense; and they offered unauthorized fire before the Lord, contrary to his command. So fire came out from the presence of the Lord and consumed them, and they died before the Lord. Moses then said to Aaron, "This is what the Lord spoke of when he said:

"'Among those who approach me I will be proved holy; in the sight of all the people I will be honored.'" Aaron remained silent...

Then the Lord said to Aaron, "You and your sons are not to drink wine or other fermented drink whenever you go into the tent of meeting, or you will die. This is a lasting ordinance for the generations to come, so that you can distinguish between the holy and the common, between the unclean and the clean, and so you can teach the Israelites all the decrees the Lord has given them through Moses."

Quiet

Dwelling

Become aware of God's loving presence and read again ... what in God's Word has caught your heart's attention? Is there a command to be obeyed, a comfort to be savored? Talk to God about the Scripture you've just read ... yield yourself to God and enjoy his presence.

Free Prayer

  • for the risen Jesus to dwell in your heart
  • for spiritual renewal and refreshment

The Lord's Prayer

Prayer HC 122

Holy God, how do I worship you without getting killed? How do I live with you and not be undone? Keep me from a paralyzing fear of your holiness and justice, as well as from a breezy chumminess. To you, mercy-filled and mighty, just and gentle God, I offer everything I think, say, or do as a pleasing sacrifice to your glory and honor. Amen.

Blessing 2 Timothy 1:7

"For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline."