O ye sons of men, how long will ye be slow of heart? Why do ye love vanity, and seek after falsehood…
…feel compunction upon your beds for what ye say in your hearts. Sacrifice a sacrifice of righteousness, and hope in the Lord. Many say: Who will show unto us good things? The light of Thy countenance, O Lord, hath been signed upon us; Thou hast given gladness to my heart. From the fruit of their wheat, wine, and oil are they multiplied. In peace in the same place I shall lay me down and sleep. For Thou, O Lord, alone hast made me to dwell in hope. Psalm 4
May my words be sweet unto Thee O Lord, my prayers an acceptable sacrifice. Our words and supplications offered unto the Lord in righteousness are a sacrifice of righteousness. Our good works (giving tithes, feeding the hungry, helping the sick and infirm, visiting the imprisoned or invalid) are sacrifices of righteousness. If our intent is good, if we do these things for God’s sake and not for the sake of man (pleasing men) these are acceptable as a sweet fragrance unto the Lord. If we do them for vainglory or vanity’s sake then we bring curses upon ourselves.
In God dwells righteousness for He is the source of righteousness and of every good thing! Can anything done without righteousness profit? Can anything done without the blessings of the Lord prosper? Many say, who will show us good things? It is our Lord WHO will show us good things. When our heart is turned to Him, we can behold these good things. Even in the midst of afflictions for we have placed our hope in the Lord.
The light of Thy countenance O Lord hath been signed upon us. We are children of God, made in His image and likeness. We are a rational flock, imbued with reason and separated from all other creation, for man was made a little lower than the angels. We have a rich inheritance and are members of the Royal Priesthood. The light of Thy countenance O Lord hath made plain my paths and shown me the way wherein I should walk.
A miraculous day is upon us. A new age has dawned. We have hated vanity and sought after truth. Brothers who were once at enmity have humbled themselves and sought after God. We have placed our trust in the Lord and understood that the Lord hast made us to dwell in hope. We are witnesses of a reconciliation. We have seen with our own eyes the concelebration and the strengthening of the Lord’s flock. Strangers have come together in knowledge of God and are made brothers-in-Christ. Unity is consummated in Communion. We are made one as part of the Body of Christ, for He hath made His abode in us.
No longer will our personal grudges and animosity be able to keep us captive. In setting aside all Earthly care, we have taken the Yoke of our Lord upon us. His labor is sweet and light, full of refreshment and joy. In following His ways we have found consolation. In doing His will, we have understood hope, the true hope that only He can bestow. No longer do we place our hope and trust in men for we seek after God.
O Lord, be Thou our hope, our refuge, and our consolation!