Scripture: Psalm 10
Key verses: (12-18) Rise up, O Lord; O God, lift up your hand;
do not forget the oppressed.
13 Why do the wicked renounce God,
and say in their hearts, “You will not call us to account”?
14 But you do see! Indeed you note trouble and grief,
that you may take it into your hands;
the helpless commit themselves to you;
you have been the helper of the orphan.
15 Break the arm of the wicked and evildoers;
seek out their wickedness until you find none.
16 The Lord is king forever and ever;
the nations shall perish from his land.
17 O Lord, you will hear the desire of the meek;
you will strengthen their heart, you will incline your ear
18 to do justice for the orphan and the oppressed,
so that those from earth may strike terror no more
Reflection: Day 487. I really don’t know how to number the pandemic days and I have forgotten what week we are in of this new “virus time”, but some days it feels like 487 days, doesn’t it? How are you holding up?
We go to a psalm of deliverance today because that is exactly where we are and what we need. In these psalms, we are invited to cry out directly to God for support in the chaos of life. We know that God has the power and compassion to respond to our cries. God holds us in the curve of God’s arm and hears us.
It always comes back to God’s love that gives order to the chaos. God’s love that brings transformation around us and within us. In a time when many feel deep loneliness, we are reminded again that we are loved. God loved on day 1, on day 487 and will love you until the end of time. God’s love is trustworthy. Breathe it in and let it transform you.
Prayer: God, even when we cannot create, structure and order the world in the way that makes us feel safe, remind us of your love. Remind us of your love that brings order to our days. Let us live into this love today and always. Amen.
Author: Michelle Thomas-Bush
[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].