And God spoke all these words, saying, "I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery. ... "Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days you shall labor, and do all your work, but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the LORD your God. On it you shall not do any work, you, or your son, or your daughter, your male servant, or your female servant, or your livestock, or the sojourner who is within your gates. For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested on the seventh day. Therefore the LORD blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy.
Lord, I know in my head that this day, this day of remembrance, is a special day, a jewel, a gift from You to me. Your commandment to set it aside, to keep it holy, to spend it with You, is a call from You to me to enjoy a great blessing. When, Lord, will that knowing become so engraved in my heart that I will begin on Monday to meditate on the pleasures to come at the end of the week? O, Lord, help me to live in anticipation of the Lord's Day, that day when I am invited to spend the entire day in Your presence.
Today's readings in the Psalms:
Morning: Psalm 135
Evening: Psalm 60
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