Scripture: Psalm 33
Key verse: (1)“Rejoice in the LORD, O you righteous . . .”
Reflection: When we gather to worship, we usually begin by offering God praise. This is one way of acknowledging our creator and the gift of life. But, sometimes this praise is challenging. Our circumstances can keep us from feeling like praising God or anything, for that matter. When we are in pain or disoriented and lost in the confusion of our circumstances, we skip praising God because it’s too hard. On a bad day, most of us wouldn’t pick this psalm to read. However, an interesting feature of this psalm is that it is full of reminders of who God is and how God is on our side. This is not a psalm of empty praise. It is a psalm rooted in life experience. For instance, how would one know that all God’s work is done in faithfulness unless one was a recipient of God’s faithfulness? How would one know that God intervenes in the world unless one had seen how the LORD brings the counsel of the nations to nothing? God understand us because God participates in human life.
This psalm reminds us that God is present in the world – faithful to us even when we are faithless; righteous when we are unjust; full of loving kindness even though we routinely fall short. God is our help and our shield through everything, right to the end. Knowing all of this, even when we struggle through our pain or with our faith, gives us something to be grateful for. Our praise takes on a new dimension and depth when it is spoken through our tears. So, we rejoice in the LORD, even when we struggle, because we know that God is with us.
Prayer: Loving God, assure us that you see us and hear our prayers. Give us good hope and help us to rely on your strength so that we might praise you no matter our circumstances. We hope in you, the LORD of all. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.
Author: Deborah Conner
[Scripture quotations are from New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved].