The scripture for today is Psalm 128:1, 3, and 8 KJV.
"I will praise thee with my whole heart: before the gods will I sing praise unto thee." "In the day when I cried thou answeredst me, and strengthenedst me with strength in my soul." (Vs 3.) "The Lord will perfect that which concerneth me; thy mercy, O Lord, endureth for ever; forsake not the works of thine own hands." (Vs 8.)
This is a very short Psalm, and if you read it all you will see a resemblance to the Lord's Prayer. A few things I was able to glean from this Psalm: I am to praise the Lord and give him thanks -- in all circumstances. If I pray, God will answer me and give me the strength I need no matter what the answer is. He pays attention to my needs and I am safe in His hands. God's mercy is everlasting. He made me -- I am His forever.
I wish I could sing His praise with the quality of voices we hear from our singers at Living Lord. Lacking that talent doesn't stop me from starting the day singing the Doxology. I try to remember to thank Him many times during each day. (But I'm pretty sure the "Give thanks in all circumstances" does not include the dirt mounds from the moles in my front yard!) I've cried out in physical and/or emotional pain, and God in His infinite mercy has given me the strength to endure. Have you experienced that also? We are His. We have been graced by faith. His love ever enfolds us and upholds us. We aren't promised freedom from the storm, but peace within the midst of it -- and peace within the storms which surround us today can comfort us and strengthen us. Share the peace. Share the love.
Let us feel your abundant good, most merciful Lord, as it flows through us. Help us to radiate your light by showing our love, and your peace, to others. Amen.
Sandy Topping Sandybt37@aol.com
Prayer Concern: Those who cannot find peace within the turmoil of today, and who have forgotten how to laugh.