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Friday, February 28, 2014

Scripture Reading: Psalm 20
The Lord answer you in the day of trouble!
     The name of the God of Jacob protect you!
May he send you help from the sanctuary,
      and give you support from Zion.
May he remember all your offerings,
      and regard with favor your burnt sacrifices. Selah

May he grant you your heart’s desire,
      and fulfill all your plans.
May we shout for joy over your victory,
      and in the name of our God set up our banners.
May the Lord fulfill all your petitions.

Now I know that the Lord will help his anointed;
      he will answer him from his holy heaven
      with mighty victories by his right hand.
Some take pride in chariots, and some in horses,
      but our pride is in the name of the Lord our God.
They will collapse and fall,
      but we shall rise and stand upright.

Give victory to the king, O Lord;
      answer us when we call. (NRSV)

Reflection
Psalm 20 states, “Some take pride in chariots, and some in horses, but our pride is in the name of the Lord our God.” What do you take pride in? What do you trust in? Where do you turn when times are tough? If this was being written today, we wouldn’t cite chariots or horses, but the question is the same. Are you putting your trust in the right place?

What a wonderful wish the psalmist has for us, that “the Lord answer you in the day of trouble! The name of the God of Jacob protect you! May he send you help from the sanctuary.” Often we turn to God for help as a last resort. When everything else has failed and there is nowhere else to turn, then we seek God’s assistance.

But what if we start going to God first? This can also be precarious, because God does not always follow our plan. The outcome we want may not be the outcome God wants for us. God may send us in another direction entirely. But the psalmist reminds us that God’s assistance will come, answering “from his holy heaven with mighty victories from his right hand.” God’s help will not come in a dramatic way for most of us, but in a still small voice, that we might almost miss. Do we miss the small signs of God’s care through friends, family, and strangers? Do we overlook the beauty of the day and the wonder of nature all around us?

Prayer
Loving God, I pray as the psalmist, that you will answer us whenever we are in trouble. Open our minds to see your love and care, which is always at work in our world. Help us to extend that love and care to each other, so we can become a people of hope and trust. Amen.

Written by Liz Nickerson, Family Ministry Coordinator


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