Pista de la montaña

Reflection Summer 2018 – 19th August

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Song
84 Ever Be

Your love is devoted
like a ring of solid gold
Like a vow that is tested
like a covenant of old
Your love is enduring
through the winter rain
And beyond the horizon
with mercy for today

Faithful You have been
and faithful you will be
You pledge yourself to me
and it’s why I sing

////Your praise will ever be on my lips, ever be on my lips////

You father the orphan
Your kindness makes us whole
And you shoulder our weakness
And your strength becomes our own
Now you’re making me like you
Clothing me in white
Bringing beauty from ashes
For You will have Your bride

Free of all her guilt
and rid of all her shame
And known by her true name
and it’s why I sing

////Your praise will ever be on my lips, ever be on my lips////

You will be praised
You will be praised
With angels and saints we sing worthy are You Lord

And it’s why I sing
////Your praise will ever be on my lips, ever be on my lips////

Pray
Reflect on things for which you can give thanks to God and talk to him.

Reading
1 I call on the Lord in my distress,
and he answers me.
2 Save me, Lord,
from lying lips
and from deceitful tongues.
3 What will he do to you,
and what more besides,
you deceitful tongue?
4 He will punish you with a warrior’s sharp arrows,
with burning coals of the broom bush.
5 Woe to me that I dwell in Meshek,
that I live among the tents of Kedar!
6 Too long have I lived
among those who hate peace.
7 I am for peace;
but when I speak, they are for war.

Psalm 120 is the first Psalm of Psalms that pilgrims traveling to Jerusalem sang on the ascent to the city. Jerusalem is a city on top of a hill that is surrounded by higher mountains. At the time of approaching the city and beginning to climb, the pilgrims sang the psalms from 120 to 134. Each psalm has an important theme about faith.

The first psalm of the ascent, Psalm 120, encourages us to recognise that we live in a world hostile to our faith and, indeed, we can be deceived into participating in its reality that does not recognise God. It is a call to recognise that we can deviate from the path of God and stay with those who do not listen to him, that is, live in Meshek and Kedar instead of dwelling in the city of God. This psalm calls us to confess our sins.

Take time to confess now.

Luke 6:17-26
17 He went down with them and stood on a level place. A large crowd of his disciples was there and a great number of people from all over Judea, from Jerusalem, and from the coastal region around Tyre and Sidon, 18 who had come to hear him and to be healed of their diseases. Those troubled by impure spirits were cured, 19 and the people all tried to touch him, because power was coming from him and healing them all.
20 Looking at his disciples, he said:
‘Blessed are you who are poor,
for yours is the kingdom of God.
21 Blessed are you who hunger now,
for you will be satisfied.
Blessed are you who weep now,
for you will laugh.
22 Blessed are you when people hate you,
when they exclude you and insult you
and reject your name as evil,
because of the Son of Man.
23 ‘Rejoice in that day and leap for joy, because great is your reward in heaven. For that is how their ancestors treated the prophets.
24 ‘But woe to you who are rich,
for you have already received your comfort.
25 Woe to you who are well fed now,
for you will go hungry.
Woe to you who laugh now,
for you will mourn and weep.
26 Woe to you when everyone speaks well of you,
for that is how their ancestors treated the false prophets.

Do you see the connections with Psalm 120?

When we read the Bible it is important to be aware of the context of what we are reading. The context of the blessed ones is a world defeated by poverty, diseases, lost people, but the grace of God can change it. It is what Jesus did. Jesus did not do it because the people deserved it, but because the grace of God comes to us when we recognise our spiritual poverty, our sin, our need. The poor are not blessed because they are poor, rather despite poor. Like Psalm 120, putting ourselves on the path to God begins by recognising where I am (outside his peace), by recognising that I am spiritually poor.

Confession does not hurt me but frees me. To confess my sin is to be realistic and deal with it. Therefore, Jesus announces the good news. The steps are simple if we can recognise where we are without God. And what we experience is the response of God, that is, his blessing. God wants to free us so that we are blessed.

Give time to reflect on the blessing you have received from God in recognising him.

Prayer
Take time to pray.
Use the Lord’s Prayer, not only to repeat, but to give shape to your prayers. Each phrase can illuminate ideas and be expanded to what draws your attention.

Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins
as we forgive those who sin against us.
Lead us not into temptation
but deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power,
and the glory are yours
now and for ever.
Amen.

-Praise (including the character of God)
-The kingdom of God (including the news of the world last week)
-The needs of each day (including food, health …)
-forgiveness
-Relationships with others
-The Whatsapp of the church

Song
61 Amazing Grace (My Chains Are Gone)

Amazing grace
How sweet the sound
That saved a wretch like me
I once was lost, but now I’m found
Was blind, but now I see

‘Twas grace that taught
my heart to fear
And grace my fears relieved
How precious did that grace appear
The hour I first believed

My chains are gone
I’ve been set free
My God, my Saviour
has ransomed me
And like a flood His mercy reigns
Unending love, amazing grace

The Lord has promised good to me
His word my hope secures
He will my shield and portion be
As long as life endures

//My chains are gone
I’ve been set free
My God, my Saviour
has ransomed me
And like a flood His mercy reigns
Unending love, amazing grace//

The earth shall soon
dissolve like snow
The sun forbear to shine
But God,
Who called me here below,
Will be forever mine.
Will be forever mine.
You are forever mine.