am the Lord, that is My name;
And My glory I will not give to another,
Nor My praise to carved images.
Behold, the former things have come to pass,
And new things I declare;
Before they spring forth I tell you of them.”
(Isaiah 42:8-9 NKJV)


THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK:  I am the Lord — Hebrew, Jehovah; who have all being in and of myself, and give being to all my creatures. The everlasting, unchangeable, and omnipotent God, who therefore both can and will fulfill all my promises. That is my name — Which I must own and justify to the world. He seems to allude to Exodus 3:14; Exodus 6:3. My glory will I not give to another — I will not any longer suffer that honour and worship which are peculiar to me to be given to idols, as it hath been, but I will, by the Messiah and his gospel, abolish idolatry out of the world. Behold, the former things are come to pass — As all things which I have formerly promised or foretold, have exactly come to pass in their proper seasons, and not one of them has failed; so you have great reason to believe that what I now promise, though it be new and strange to you, shall infallibly be accomplished. Before they spring forth I tell you of them — That when they come to pass you may know that I am God and that this is my work.

PRAYER: “Dear God, We praise You today with our hearts and songs, we praise You for Your faithfulness, we praise You for Your great power and love. We confess our need for You, our lives don’t go so well when we just spin around on our own. We struggle and worry, get weary and worn. Yet You never leave us. Thank You for Your presence. Thank You for Your care over us, thank You that You breathe renewal right into our souls. We ask for Your Spirit to fill us, to draw us close to Yourself, and to work Your purposes through us, as we set our eyes on You. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.”

*Commentary from Benson Commentary.
Prayer by Debbie McDaniel.
Photograph in Header by Daniel Kordan.

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