Invitation — Psalm 66:1-2
"Shout for joy to God, all the earth! Sing the glory of his name; make his praise glorious."
Bible Song — Psalm 90:1-6, 11-12, 17
Lord, you have been our dwelling place
throughout all generations.
Before the mountains were born
or you brought forth the whole world,
from everlasting to everlasting you are God.
You turn people back to dust,
saying, "Return to dust, you mortals."
A thousand years in your sight
are like a day that has just gone by,
or like a watch in the night.
Yet you sweep people away in the sleep of death —
they are like the new grass of the morning:
In the morning it springs up new,
but by evening it is dry and withered...
If only we knew the power of your anger!
Your wrath is as great as the fear that is your due.
Teach us to number our days,
that we may gain a heart of wisdom...
May the favor of the Lord our God rest on us;
establish the work of our hands for us —
yes, establish the work of our hands.
Bible Reading — 1 Samuel 22:1-5
David left Gath and escaped to the cave of Adullam. When his brothers and his father's household heard about it, they went down to him there. All those who were in distress or in debt or discontented gathered around him, and he became their commander. About four hundred men were with him.
From there David went to Mizpah in Moab and said to the king of Moab, "Would you let my father and mother come and stay with you until I learn what God will do for me?" So he left them with the king of Moab, and they stayed with him as long as David was in the stronghold.
But the prophet Gad said to David, "Do not stay in the stronghold. Go into the land of Judah." So David left and went to the forest of Hereth.
Remind yourself you are in God's presence and read again ... notice how God might be speaking to you through his Word — dwell on a word or phrase that jumps out at you ... let your heart respond to God in prayer ... take refreshment in God's presence.
- for a deeper understanding of the gospel
- for the full experience of our adoption as God's children
- for racial reconciliation
Prayer — HC 54
God of grace, I know a place like Adullam — it's my church! And I thank you for it — that I am accepted as I am, a living member of this community of grace, not because of my record but because of the gospel. Gather your church, Jesus, protect it from those who would make it a holier-than-thou body, and preserve it in the gospel. Amen.
Blessing — Matthew 5:5
"Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth."