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Sunday, June 9, 2013
Today’s Reading | Psalm 92
It is good to give thanks to the Lord,
to sing praises to your name, O Most High;
to declare your steadfast love in the morning,
and your faithfulness by night,
to the music of the lute and the harp,
to the melody of the lyre.
For you, O Lord, have made me glad by your work;
at the works of your hands I sing for joy.
How great are your works, O Lord!
Your thoughts are very deep!
The dullard cannot know,
the stupid cannot understand this:
though the wicked sprout like grass
and all evildoers flourish,
they are doomed to destruction forever,
but you, O Lord, are on high forever.
For your enemies, O Lord,
for your enemies shall perish;
all evildoers shall be scattered.
But you have exalted my horn like that of the wild ox;
you have poured over me fresh oil.
My eyes have seen the downfall of my enemies;
my ears have heard the doom of my evil assailants.
The righteous flourish like the palm tree,
and grow like a cedar in Lebanon.
They are planted in the house of the Lord;
they flourish in the courts of our God.
In old age they still produce fruit;
they are always green and full of sap,
showing that the Lord is upright;
he is my rock, and there is no unrighteousness in him. (NRSV)
The things we say (and those we do not) are important. Stating something out loud can impact how we think about things and what we choose to do. In relationships with others, saying how we feel is important. It is important to tell each other when we are disappointed, because in doing that, we call each other to be better. It is important to tell each other when something is good or well done, because offering that kind of affirmation reminds us that our efforts have made a difference.
Psalm 92 is a psalm of praise. In praising God, we remind ourselves of the amazing things God has done and the wonderful hopes God has for us as God’s people. Praising God can seem like an unfamiliar act. God is so different from us that it is hard to know what to say or what to think about God. Often the world, which is more obvious to us than God, seems to indicate that God is not good or that there is not much reason for hope. This is why praise is important. Praise is an act by which we bravely stand before our creator and world and declare that even though things are not perfect, we know that God is in control, that God wants something better, and that we are called to take part in God’s plan. When we read the psalms and when we say them together, we defiantly declare that the way things are is not good enough; God has a better plan for us, and we are going to live it, starting today.
God, help me to know that in the midst of a struggling world, you stand for what is good. Help me to hear your call to stand for what is good so that in ways great and small, your will may be done in the world. Amen.
Written by Adam H. Fronczek, Associate Pastor for Adult Education and Worship
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