February 3 I Want To Hear His Voice

Photos by Laura Jostes

Photos by Laura Jostes

Exodus 17:8-19:15;  Matthew 22:34-23:12;  Psalm 27:7-14;  Proverbs 6:27:35

“Hear my voice when I call, O Lord;

Be merciful to me and answer me.

My heart says of you, “Seek his face!”

Your face, Lord, will I seek.

Do not hide your face from me,

do not turn your servant away in anger;

you have been my helper.”

* * * * *

“Teach me your way, O Lord;

lead me in a straight path

because of my oppressors.”

* * * * *

“I am still confident of this:

I will see the goodness of the Lord

in the land of the living.

Wait for the Lord;

be strong and take heart

and wait for the Lord.”

Psalm 27:7-9, 11, 14

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Speak, O Lord, your servant listens,

Let your Word to me come near;

Newborn life and spirit give me,

Let each promise still my fear.

Death’s dread power, its inward strife,

Wars against your Word of life;

Fill me, Lord, with love’s strong fervor

That I cling to you forever!

* * * * *

Oh, what blessing to be near you

And to listen to your voice;

Let me ever love and hear you,

Let your Word be now my choice!

Many hardened sinners, Lord,

Flee in terror at your Word,

But to me, who know my burden,

Show me now your Word of pardon.

* * * * *

Precious Jesus, I entreat you,

Let your words in me take root;

Let this gift of heav’n enrich me

So that I bring gen’rous fruit:

Never take them from my heart

Till I see you as you are,

When in heav’nly bliss and glory

I will meet you and adore you!

Amen.

~ Anna Sophia of Hesse-Darmstadt, 1638-83

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Lord, I want to hear your voice, learn your ways, depend on you always.   Thank you for the psalm writer’s words and Anna’s words that help me focus my thoughts on you at the end of this day.  May your Word dwell richly in my heart by faith.  May they guard my heart and mind as the day winds down and night approaches.  You know the cares of my heart, its longings, its desires.  I lay them at the feet of Jesus and pray that your will be done.  For Jesus’ sake I pray, Amen.

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