In verse 6 of this psalm, one way God has shown faithfulness is by giving the Israelites the “heritage of the nations.” Initially, this seems like a strange gift. The word translated in the New Revised Standard Version as “heritage” is the Hebrew word nachalah. It’s translated in Strong’s Concordance...
Conqueror of Lands, you provide; you prevail; you prosecute. Uphold your covenant; fulfill your promises. Reward our faithfulness so that we may proclaim your goodness and offer your redemption throughout the land. In the name of the God of Joshua, David, and Solomon. Amen.
If you could ask God for one thing, what would it be? God offered this chance to Solomon, and the king asked for wisdom to rule God’s people well. God honored this request by giving Solomon many other gifts too, as long as the king followed God’s ways. (Later on, unfortunately, Solomon lost his way.) The psalmist tells us that wisdom begins with understanding who we are and who God is. Ephesians addresses practical implications of wise living: follow the will of the Lord, be filled with the Spirit, encourage one another, and be grateful to God. The Gospel passage continues Jesus’ metaphorical description of himself as the Bread of Heaven. Here Jesus anticipates the sacrament of Communion, in which we partake of his body and blood by faith.
Read 1 Kings 2:10-12; 3:3-14. Do you hesitate to ask God to show you your call? Why?
Read Psalm 111. Where have you seen God’s faithful and just actions in your life? In the world?
Read Ephesians 5:15-20. How do you live wisely and make the most of the time?
Read John 6:51-58. What is the significance of Holy Communion in your life of faith? How has your understanding of this sacrament changed over time?
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