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Thursday, September 5, 2013

Today’s Reading | Psalm 93

The Lord is king, he is robed in majesty;
     the Lord is robed, he is girded with strength.
He has established the world; it shall never be moved;
     your throne is established from of old;
     you are from everlasting.

The floods have lifted up, O Lord,
     the floods have lifted up their voice;
     the floods lift up their roaring.
More majestic than the thunders of mighty waters,
     more majestic than the waves of the sea,
     majestic on high is the Lord!

Your decrees are very sure;
     holiness befits your house,
     O Lord, forevermore. (NRSV)


Reflection

I remember as a child having to memorize the books of the Bible in Sunday school. It was an arduous task for a fourth grader. There were all those difficult prophet names to keep in order, and it seemed like an awful lot to remember. But I also learned that if you wanted to find the psalms, just stand up your Bible and open it up to the middle.

Placed in the middle, the psalms acted as the heart of this great book. They were the first hymnbook used in temple worship, and here, one could find the expression of every human emotion. In the psalms, tough questions are asked of God and answers are demanded. The psalms often express feelings of distance from God but always reassure us with trust in God’s eventual presence and deliverance.

In today’s mood of political polarization and economic fear, the words of Psalm 93 are a great comfort to me. We are reminded here that, “he has established the world; it shall never be moved; your throne is established from of old; you are from everlasting.” Ultimately God is in charge and God will not be moved. We may fear the fast-paced changes of our world, but underneath it all is our majestic God, in whom we can trust, whose decrees are very sure.


Prayer

Loving God, today we are reminded that more majestic than the thunders of the waves, the thunders of our political debates, or the thunders of our economic woes, is your throne. You alone are from everlasting and will not be moved. So help us to fasten ourselves to you, when we pass through storms, to be renewed and strengthened by your care. Guide us to trust in your presence and deliverance. In Jesus Christ, we pray. Amen.


Written by Liz Nickerson, Family Ministry Coordinator


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