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Thursday, October 30, 2014

I bind unto myself the name,
the strong name of the Trinity
by invocation of the same,
the Three in One and One in Three,
of whom all nature has creation,
eternal Father, Spirit, Word.
Praise to the Lord of my salvation;
salvation is of Christ the Lord!

“I Bind unto Myself Today” (tune: St. Patrick; Deirdre)
trans. Cecil Frances Alexander
from Glory to God: The Presbyterian Hymnal

The first definition of bind is “ to tie or to secure.” When we bind ourselves to God, we have a security in this world which is unattainable by any other means. Jesus himself put it like this in Matthew 7: “Everyone who hears these words of mine was like a wise man who built his house on rock. The rain fell, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on rock.”

Binding ourselves to God does not protect us from the difficulties of life. It does not mean we will be spared hardship, illness, or strife. We know better than to trust televangelists who seem to promise prosperity if we only believe enough and have a strong faith. It would be so nice if that were true, but that is not really what the Bible teaches.

Binding ourselves to God does mean that we will be able to weather the storms of life, because the spirit of God dwells within each of us. The eternal God described above as “Father, Spirit, Word,” will be with us and will see us through, not only in this life but, ultimately, through our salvation. So sing “Praise to the Lord of our salvation; salvation is of Christ the Lord!”

Loving God, thank you for creating the world good and making us in your image. Thank you for sending your Son to reveal your love to us and to teach us how to live. Help us to feel your Spirit, which dwells within us as closely as our heartbeat. Open our ears to hear not just our everyday troubles and stress, which preoccupy our thoughts and keep us from being aware of your presence, but your eternal words. Bind us to you eternal Father, Spirit, Word. Amen.

Written by Liz Nickerson, Family Ministry Coordinator

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