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Thursday, November 28, 2013

Today’s Reading | Psalm 95:1–7

O come, let us sing to the Lord;
          let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation!
Let us come into his presence with thanksgiving;
          let us make a joyful noise to him with songs of praise!

For the Lord is a great God,
          and a great King above all gods.
In his hand are the depths of the earth;
          the heights of the mountains are his also.
The sea is his, for he made it,
          and the dry land, which his hands have formed.

O come, let us worship and bow down,
          let us kneel before the Lord, our Maker!
For he is our God,
          and we are the people of his pasture,
          and the sheep of his hand.

O that today you would listen to his voice! (NRSV)


The psalmist urges us to praise God, to sing, make joyful noises, to give thanks, kneel, bow down and worship. Why? Because God is great and rules over all. God created all that is from the depths to the heights, from the land to the sea. All belongs to God, for God fashioned and made it. We ourselves belong to God—God created us as “the people of his pasture, the sheep of his hand.”

All of us have a fundamental need to belong. When we venture into new groups of people, we watch and question if we really belong with them. When we feel we don’t quite fit in, are not quite at home, we are likely not to interact much with those others. Loneliness and a crisis of identity may haunt us.

The great news of this psalm is that you do have a place you belong. You belong to God who made you. You belong to God who loves you and claims you as God’s own. God cares for you—abundantly. You don’t need to earn your identity. You don’t need to prove anything to receive God’s love.

On this Thanksgiving Day, take time to praise and gives thanks to God. Open your eyes to behold the vastness and beauty of creation, all shaped by God’s hand. Name specific blessings you have received. Humble yourself in God’s presence as you recount the many ways God has abided with you and provided for you. Make joyful sounds because you know who, and whose, you are. Your identity is grounded in your relationship with the One who lovingly created and sustains you.


We praise you, God, from whom all blessings flow. Thank you for your love. Thank you for the wonders of your grace. Amen.

Written by Victoria G. Curtiss, Associate Pastor for Mission


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