Scripture: Psalm 66
Key verse: (5) “Come and see what God has done.”
Reflection: We can only imagine the joyful noise the disciples made when they realized that Jesus was resurrected. The trauma of watching him die had left them in a state of shock. For three days they had huddled together in fear of what would happen next. Rome could be relentless and they wondered when they would be dragged out of their hiding place and crucified themselves for following Jesus. It’s hard to imagine, as we freely participate in and celebrate our faith, the kind of fear the disciples experienced. It’s hard to imagine their despair as they grieved the death of Jesus. But, because of God’s great power, nothing could keep Jesus in the grave and stop God’s love.
Today’s devotion reminds me that God does miraculous things. This psalm exclaims – “come and see what God has done!” For Israel, it was the miraculous freedom from slavery and the hope of a new life. For us, it is a reminder of the steadfast love of God that we can see all around us if we look carefully. We worship and follow a living God. In this Easter season, may we all make a joyful noise unto the Lord for all that God has done (and will continue to do).
Prayer: Loving God, we praise you for your love and care. Even when we are tested by life, you are there to keep us from falling. We are grateful that even when we carry heavy burdens you will lead us to places of rest. 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].