Yet they tested and rebelled against the Most High God and did not keep his testimonies, but turned away and acted treacherously like their fathers; they twisted like a deceitful bow. For they provoked him to anger with their high places; they moved him to jealousy with their idols. When God heard, he was full of wrath, and he utterly rejected Israel. He forsook his dwelling at Shiloh, the tent where he dwelt among mankind, and delivered his power to captivity, his glory to the hand of the foe. He gave his people over to the sword and vented his wrath on his heritage. Fire devoured their young men, and their young women had no marriage song. Their priests fell by the sword, and their widows made no lamentation.
What are the idols of the church today, Lord? Pride? Fame? Wealth? Acceptance? Choice? Self? Greed? Sexual iniquity? Possessions? Gossip? Anger? Celebrities? A partial listing. All these and more are what we turn to to find solace and freedom from our mundane lives. Where Oh where is the urge to turn to You and Your peace?
Today's readings in the Psalms:
Morning: Psalm 107
Evening: Psalm 142
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