New every morning is your love, great God of light, and all day long you are working for good in the world. Stir up in us desire to serve you, to live peacefully with our neighbors and all your creation, and to devote each day to your Son, our Savior Jesus Christ. Amen.

"A Liturgy for Morning Prayer," Upper Room Worshipbook

Used by permission from the Book of Common Worship, © 2018 Westminster John Knox Press. All rights reserved. This prayer appears in “A Liturgy for Morning Prayer” in Upper Room Worshipbook.


Today’s Reflection

Psalm 27 encourages us to live boldly, courageously, and powerfully. Our faith doesn’t remove us from intimidating situations, and this psalm acknowledges that reality in the first two verses, envisioning a terrifying scenario where “evildoers assail me to devour my flesh” and “war rise up against me.” Having faith does not mean avoiding reality. Faith, instead, addresses intimidating circumstances with defiant confidence in God. After describing a host of imposing realities, the psalmist pushes back in verse 3, saying, “Yet I will be confident.”

—Gabby Cudjoe-Wilkes and Andrew Wilkes, Psalms for Black Lives: Reflections for the Work of Liberation (Upper Room Books, 2022)

Today’s Question

How has faith helped you develop defiant confidence? Join the conversation.

Today’s Scripture

Wait for the Lord;
be strong, and let your heart take courage;
wait for the Lord!
—Psalm 27:14 (NRSVUE)

Prayer for the Week

Gracious God of Liberation, free us from our enemies. And when we are the enemies, transform us from oppressing others into removing the yoke from their necks and practicing freedom. In Christ’s name, Amen. —Prayer from Psalms for Black Lives by Gabby Cudjoe-Wilkes and Andrew Wilkes
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Something More

This week’s featured book, Psalms for Black Lives, is now available in audiobook. Listen, pray, and develop a justice imagination. Learn more here.

Lectionary Readings

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  • Ally Posted February 7, 2024 10:05 am

    A Methodist pastor the late Bill Hinson, wrote about “holy boldness”. I see defiant confidence as similar to holy boldness. I’m not particularly bold or confident, but my faith has given me what of these I have.
    Please pray for David and me: David fell last night when his knees buckled. I called 911 to get help in getting him up. While EMTs were here, David passed out and when he came to, he was confused. He became more alert and refused to go to the hospital. He promised EMT he would see dr. today and we are going in a few minutes. Stayed home from because I was afraid to leave him.
    Rusty, thank you for your words about justice yesterday. I agree wholeheartedly. Julie I remember the murders in f the young Amish girls and the spirit of forgiveness offered by their parents. It was humbling. Jill, what you said about your colleagues at school brought tears to my eyes. My dad was that kind of teacher. Y’all are heroes in my eyes. I would like to hear from Robert and pray things are ok. I pray for all who visit here. Blessings to all.

    • Rusty Posted February 7, 2024 8:22 pm

      Thanks Ally. Prayers on the way.

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