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Wednesday, November 27, 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)
Enter his courts with praise. But what is God’s court? I have traveled through the grand cathedrals in Europe, and with all their gold and marble grandeur it only seems appropriate for God to be sitting on a throne in one of them awaiting our praise, for God is the King of kings and Lord of lords.
But that is not how Jesus came to us; he was a man of the streets. So wouldn’t God’s court be more of a simple stable than the grand cathedrals of Europe?
I have been truly fortunate to have been a part of numerous mission experiences, and when I walk through remote villages in Third World countries or around the streets of Chicago at night, that too is God’s court. While this psalm easily lends itself to worshiping God in an opulent cathedral, I challenge you to read the passage again and think about worshiping God in the slums. God is there too, and that is worthy of our praise.
Lord, we are thankful for everything that you have given us. Thank you for all you do for us in our lives. Thank you for being not only in the cathedrals but in the homeless shelters and in the slums. We are grateful to be your sheep and are blessed by your mercy, grace, and unconditional love. Amen.
Written by Katie Patterson, Junior High Youth and Mission Coordinator
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