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Saturday, November 30, 2013

Today’s Reading | Psalm 111

Praise the Lord!
I will give thanks to the Lord with my whole heart,
          in the company of the upright, in the congregation.
Great are the works of the Lord,
          studied by all who delight in them.
Full of honor and majesty is his work,
          and his righteousness endures forever.
He has gained renown by his wonderful deeds;
          the Lord is gracious and merciful.
He provides food for those who fear him;
          he is ever mindful of his covenant.
He has shown his people the power of his works,
          in giving them the heritage of the nations.
The works of his hands are faithful and just;
          all his precepts are trustworthy.
They are established forever and ever,
          to be performed with faithfulness and uprightness.
He sent redemption to his people;
          he has commanded his covenant forever.
          Holy and awesome is his name.
The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom;
          all those who practice it have a good understanding.
          His praise endures forever. (NRSV)


Reflection

Today I personally have so many amazing things to be thankful for: family, shelter, food, a job I enjoy, and many other things. But what I especially am thankful for today is what the psalmist says in Psalm 111:2: “Great are the works of the Lord, studied by all who delight in them.” As the whole of Psalm 111 says, the story of our lives fit into a greater story, the story of God’s work: redemption.

What I love about the Bible is that God tell us who God is and who we are by telling us stories. As William Kilpatrick says, “Christianity is not an ethical system. It is not meant to be a prescription for good behavior, although good behavior is one of its side effects. [Christianity] is a story.”

We have a book filled with stories about a God who has crafted us in God’s glorious image. A book that tells us we have amazing dignity and purpose. We have a book that tells us that yes, the ship wrecked and our world is filled with sin, but it also tells us that our gracious God did not burn it all down and start over—rather God intervened, God came down and brought redemption through his Son.

Yes, today we have much to rejoice over but most of all we have the story of redemption, a story that tells us that “the people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who dwelt in a land of deep darkness, on them a light has shined (Isaiah 9:2). What a story! What a God!


Prayer

Thank you, God, for not leaving us in darkness but by your mercy sending us a great light—your Word, Jesus. Amen.


Written by Daniel Holladay, Senior High Youth Coordinator

 


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