Posted by: Pauline | June 10, 2018

Scriptures for Sunday June 17

Psalm 20

This psalm is thought to have been a prayer for the king as he prepared to lead his men into battle. It reminded everyone that success in battle came not from military power but from God, and with this psalm they joined together in trusting God for His blessing as they went to war.

In Jewish tradition, this psalm also became associated with labor and childbirth, and it was prayed by and for women about to give birth. They recognized that, like men going into battle, they faced a difficult struggle, and the desired outcome ultimately depended on God, not their own efforts.

2 Corinthians 5:6-17

People have always tended to evaluate each other based on appearances, whether physical traits, clothing, or habits of speech and manner. But those who know themselves to have been given new birth by God know that it is that new creation that matters, not the outward appearance. Even as Christians we often fall into the old habits of judging by appearances. But Paul reminds us that Christ has changed us, so that we can live differently, live for Him instead of for ourselves, and live like Him.


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