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Sunday, June 30, 2013
Today’s Reading | Psalm 100
Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth.
Worship the Lord with gladness;
come into his presence with singing.
Know that the Lord is God.
It is he that made us, and we are his;
we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.
Enter his gates with thanksgiving,
and his courts with praise.
Give thanks to him, bless his name.
For the Lord is good;
his steadfast love endures forever,
and his faithfulness to all generations. (NRSV)
There’s a lot of action in this psalm. “Make a joyful noise,” “Worship the Lord,” “Come into his presence,” “Enter his gates,” “Give thanks,” “Bless his name.” These actionable statements give us something to do; they give us ways to live like God’s people. But they are just that—ways into living. Our actions alone are not the way of life.
The psalmist invites us into more than just doing—to know that the Lord is good, to remember that we belong to God. We can rest in the knowledge that the Lord will always be our shepherd. In this season, that rest might be sitting down to talk with a relative or taking a moment to say a prayer of thanks.
And when knowledge and rest sound like more things to add to our checklists, the psalmist offers verse five: “For the Lord is good; his steadfast love endures forever, and his faithfulness to all generations.” No conditions, actions, or checklists. Though our actions, knowledge, and rest are important too, in the end God is good, and God’s love endures forever. And there’s nothing we have to do about it. For that, I am truly thankful.
Dear God, thank you. Thank you. Thank you. Amen.
Written by Kimberlee Frost, Youth Ministry Associate
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