Scripture: Psalm 147:1-11
Key verses: (10-11)
His delight is not in the strength of the horse,
nor his pleasure in the speed of a runner;
11 but the Lord takes pleasure in those who fear him,
in those who hope in his steadfast love.
Reflection: We live in a culture that idolizes perfection. We are taught that things must be done the right way, and they must be done in a timely manner. Our desire for perfection sometimes gets in the way of the beauty of the action itself. As someone who values both strength and speed in all tasks, I know sometimes it’s hard for me to appreciate the steps that lead to a final product. I often need to take a step back and remember the phrase “the journey is worth the destination,” which is at the heart of the focus verses for me today.
Psalm 147 is a psalm of thanksgiving and praise. The beginning of the psalm calls us to praise the Lord for God’s steadfast love and dedication. Reading this psalm, we are reminded of God’s active presence on earth. The writer of the psalms speaks to the beauty and bounty of creation, asking us to look at how the sky is covered with clouds or the rain that makes the grass grow. We experience God all the time by simply living in the world and observing what is around us.
Our section for today ends with our focus text, in which we are reminded that God takes pleasure in those who hope in steadfast love. God does not ask us to be perfect in our actions, but rather God asks that all we do, we do in love. I don’t know about you, but I find this to be freeing. God doesn’t expect us to get everything right. God wants our dedication. And we can show this love through the way we act towards creation, God’s beloved people and creatures. I wonder if we, in our busy lives, can take a step back and notice all that God is. I wonder if we might be able to let go of our getting it right to instead find joy in the journey of walking through life in relationship to God. What might this mean for you today?
Prayer: Creator God, we are grateful for all the ways that you are active in our world, showing us steadfast love. Help us to appreciate the journey of our faith, that you might use us to show others your love. In Christ’s name. Amen.
Author: Savannah Demuynck
[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].