Psalms 117, 118
Old Testament: Isaiah 59:15-21
New Testament: Revelation 2:8-17

He saw that there was no one, and was appalled that there was no one to intervene; so his own arm brought him victory, and his righteousness upheld him (Isaiah 59:16)

This is the LORD’s doing,
and it is marvelous in our eyes.
On this day the LORD has acted;
we will rejoice and be glad in it. (Psalm 118: 23-24

I am always struck by passages like these. It reminds me that all of God’s works….from creation, to prophecy, and even the Incarnation are done out of His own initiative. We human beings have done nothing to deserve salvation, or God’s presence in our lives……and yet here we stand…saying the Morning Office and giving thanks to the one who formed us from the dust.

Our LORD is a proactive and caring God…. the Holy One who acts out of love so that we may truly be His sons and daughters. It is God’s doing not ours….and thanks be to Him for it. +