Wednesday 9th September

September 9th

In God alone my soul Taize

In God alone my soul can find rest and peace, in God my peace and joy.
Only in God my soul can find its rest, find its rest and peace.


Psalm 56 Trust in God under Persecution

1 Be gracious to me, O God, for people trample on me; all day long foes oppress me;
2 my enemies trample on me all day long, for many fight against me.
O Most High, 3when I am afraid, I put my trust in you.
4 In God, whose word I praise, in God I trust; I am not afraid; what can flesh do to me?

5 All day long they seek to injure my cause; all their thoughts are against me for evil.
6 They stir up strife, they lurk, they watch my steps.
As they hoped to have my life,
7   so repay them for their crime; in wrath cast down the peoples, O God!

8 You have kept count of my tossings; put my tears in your bottle.
   Are they not in your record?
9 Then my enemies will retreat on the day when I call.
   This I know, that God is for me.
10 In God, whose word I praise, in the Lord, whose word I praise,
11 in God I trust; I am not afraid.
   What can a mere mortal do to me?

12 My vows to you I must perform, O God; I will render thank-offerings to you.
13 For you have delivered my soul from death, and my feet from falling,
so that I may walk before God in the light of life.

Reflection John Pritchard former Bishop of Oxford

so that I may walk before God in the light of life (v13)

There’s an old saying that God plus one makes a majority. We are the one.

The film Of Gods and Men tells the true story of a Cistercian monastery in the Atlas mountains (North Africa) where the monks live in fear of terrorists coming and killing them all, as they have done elsewhere. They are very vulnerable, and they know it, but the village around them depends for its safety and well-being on their being there. They have numerous debates about staying or going, but gradually a spirit of Godly confidence and resilience steals over them all and they have a meal, a ‘Last supper’, in which joy has the last word. That night the terrorists arrive. The monks are never seen alive again.

‘….in God I trust; I am not afraid. What can a mere mortal do to me?’ (v11). There are worse things than death. The most important thing of all is to know that God is on our side (v10), and that nothing can separate us from the love of God (romans 8.39). Given that death never lets you down and remains on call seven days a week, providing an unrivalled round-the-clock service, the important ting is surely what we do with all the stuff we’ve got that isn’t fixed and final – this is, our life. What matters is that I walk before God in the light of the living (v13). Not just walk, but walk before God.

Quality of life matters more than quantity. Just because it’s a truism doesn’t mean it isn’t true.



Faithful God,

your deliverance is nearer than we know;

free us from fear

and help us find courage in your Word,

Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

In Christ alone written by Stuart Townsend (b1963) Keith Getty (1974)  sung by Keith and Kristyn Getty

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