Scripture: Psalm 28
Key verse: (7) “The LORD is my strength and my shield; in him my heart trusts; . . .”
Reflection: This psalm is a prayer for deliverance attributed to King David. If you are not familiar with the history of Israel, David spent a lot of time in battle fighting those who wanted to destroy him or his country. He regularly asked for protection and much of the book of Psalms chronicles his fervent prayers for deliverance. The Psalms also include his joyful songs of praise. Sometimes these two themes of deliverance and praise are woven together as seen in today’s psalm. Notice the way David used poetry to give voice to his personal struggles and those of the people of Israel. Now consider how these same words, spoken across thousands of years, also give voice to our struggles. These are words of comfort and strength that help us, especially when we feel like we are under attack by the challenges of life. We have hope, like David, that God hears our prayers in the midst of struggle. Perhaps you are facing an “enemy” right now. Read this psalm as a prayer to God. Then, trust in the LORD and let God be your strength.
Prayer: Almighty God, we need your strength. Help us to trust you in every circumstance of life. Remind us that you care for us and what happens to us. We give thanks that you hear our cries and will not forsake us. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.
Postscript: Today we remember the birth of our nation. Sometimes we celebrate the romanticized version of our nation’s struggle for independence and liberty forgetting that our freedom from tyranny cost many people their lives. Dare we forget the Revolutionary War or the War of 1812 when so much was at stake for a young nation seeking liberty and justice? As we enjoy family, friends and fireworks, let’s give thanks for those original men and women who stood up to an Empire and fought to be free. Let’s also give thanks for Jesus Christ, who gives us true freedom and new life. May each of us trust in the LORD as we give thanks for God’s saving grace in our daily lives.
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].