We are continuing our series of reflections on the Psalms. Each day we will upload a new reflection to the website. We hope and pray that you will find them helpful and that they bring hope during this season. Click on these buttons to read the text of the psalm or listen to a recording of it. You can also listen to the reflection using the audio player below.
A song that celebrates God’s love and faithfulness to you (verse 2) and a clear promise that he will ultimately fulfil his purpose for you (verse 8). It opens with a great “Thank you. Everything in me says ‘Thank you.’ Angels listen as I sing my thanks” (The Message). Then we focus on the character of God revealed in his holy name and powerful Word. Moving on the psalmist affirms that when we call out in prayer God answers. Sometimes “yes” or “no” or “not yet.” From this prayerful relationship he makes us bold with strength (verse 3).
God’s written Word in action is not just a private issue for us to enjoy. It is for the earth’s leaders who one day will acknowledge his greatness and yet his involvement and care for the individual – “He knows everything about us” (The Message verse 6).
Verse 7 affirms that we will face troubles, sickness, exhaustion and temptation but God will preserve and defend us and provide a way of escape (1 Corinthians 10:13). Therefore we can pray “Finish what you started in me God” (The Message verse 8). And God replies “He who began a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus’ return” (Philippians 1:6).
As we face restrictions, isolation and fear from the Covid-19 pandemic let us claim these promises. I find giving thanks and praise to God for who he is and what he has done through Christ is good medicine for daily life!
Lord, thank you for your amazing love and faithfulness and that I am on your agenda. Help me to live a life of love and be faithful.