Scripture: Psalm 20
Key verses: (3-4)
3 May he remember all your offerings,
and regard with favor your burnt sacrifices.
4 May he grant you your heart’s desire,
and fulfill all your plans.
Reflection: It’s the perfect text for our made up Black Friday holiday — it’s like God is blessing and encouraging all of our shopping fantasies: may he grant you your hearts desire!
But quickly let’s note that the Bible doesn’t once mention shopping malls. In this psalm it’s not really about what you can get, but more in celebrating what you have done. Your offerings, which is to say all that you do and say and share and give — God remembers! Nothing is lost with our Lord. Like a parent who keeps every pipe cleaner bracelet and hand print painted on construction paper — our Lord gathers our offerings, accepting and celebrating our efforts at pleasing him.
If you have a moment today, look over your work, think about the offerings of love you meted out lately, the food you prepared, the hugs you gave, the hands you held, the words you said (or the words you held back!) and ask God to bless it all, to take your giving and deepen it. Invite God to take your offerings and run with them — so that through him, your gifts become very real reminders of what is good, of what is fair, what is right and what is true. Ask God to join you and help you do what you can with what you have, where you are. God will make your offerings an even bigger deal than you will find shopping today. Guaranteed.
Prayer: Lord, see me as I love and share in these festive days. Take what I give and enable through your power to make my gifts, blessings to those who need them most. Amen.
Author: Derek Macleod
[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].