Prayer for the Day – Wednesday 1 July

O God, whose beauty is beyond our imagining
and whose power we cannot comprehend:
show us your glory as far as we can grasp it,
and shield us from knowing more than we can bear
until we may look upon you without fear;
through Jesus Christ our Saviour.  Amen.

Amos 5.14-15, 21-24
14 Seek good and not evil,
   that you may live;
and so the Lord, the God of hosts, will be with you,
   just as you have said.
15 Hate evil and love good,
   and establish justice in the gate;
it may be that the Lord, the God of hosts,
   will be gracious to the remnant of Joseph.
21 I hate, I despise your festivals,
   and I take no delight in your solemn assemblies.
22 Even though you offer me your burnt-offerings and grain-offerings,
   I will not accept them;
and the offerings of well-being of your fatted animals
   I will not look upon.
23 Take away from me the noise of your songs;
   I will not listen to the melody of your harps.
24 But let justice roll down like waters,
   and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream.

from Psalm 50.7-14
   Hear, O my people, and I will speak: 
   ‘I will testify against you, O Israel;
      for I am God, your God.
   ‘I will not reprove you for your sacrifices, 
   for your burnt offerings are always before me.
   ‘I will take no bull out of your house, 
   nor he-goat out of your folds,
    ‘For all the beasts of the forest are mine, 
   the cattle upon a thousand hills.
    ‘I know every bird of the mountains 
   and the insect of the field is mine.
    ‘If I were hungry, I would not tell you, 
   for the whole world is mine and all that fills it.
    ‘Do you think I eat the flesh of bulls,  
   or drink the blood of goats?
    ‘Offer to God a sacrifice of thanksgiving 
   and fulfil your vows to God Most High.