Scripture: Psalm 147:1-11
Key verses: (2-3) “The LORD builds up Jerusalem; he gathers the outcasts of Israel, he heals the brokenhearted, and binds up their wounds.”
Reflection: This psalm of praise reminds us that God is stronger than any hardship we might face in life. There are many people suffering around the world right now. Some of these people are very different than we are — they live in different countries, speak different languages and have different customs. And yet we all share a common humanity. We all can be wounded, downtrodden, or cast to the ground by the misfortunes and mistakes of human life. The Psalmist reminds us that the LORD who created the heavens and the earth and everything in it draws close to those who hope in God’s steadfast love. In the good times, it is easy to give thanks to God for God’s great care. In the difficult times, it is much harder. But there is one thing we can be grateful for no matter what may be happening to us and that is the LORD’s sustaining presence. Sometimes we don’t realize this until we get on the other side of difficulty and look back. Then, we realize that the LORD promises to bless us and give us peace no matter what is happening. This doesn’t mean that everything will magically change and be better. The struggles remain, but we are not alone. We have God and we have each other.
If you are tempted to think you are the only one who struggles, think again. We hide our hurts from each other, but God knows. Lean on the LORD and remember God’s great power can lift you up and carry you through.
Prayer: We praise you Lord because even in the hard times, you won’t let us go. Help us to remember your steadfast love and to trust in your sustaining presence. May all those who are hurting today, seek your face and find your blessing. 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].