The reading for today is Psalm 62:5-12.
5 Yes, my soul, find rest in God; my hope comes from him.
6 Truly he is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress, I will not be shaken.
7 My salvation and my honor depend on God; he is my mighty rock, my refuge.
8 Trust in him at all times, you people; pour out your hearts to him,
for God is our refuge.
9 Surely the lowborn are but a breath, the highborn are but a lie.
If weighed on a balance, they are nothing; together they are only a breath.
10 Do not trust in extortion or put vain hope in stolen goods;
though your riches increase, do not set your heart on them.
11 One thing God has spoken, two things I have heard:
“Power belongs to you, God,
12 and with you, Lord, is unfailing love”; and, “You reward everyone
according to what they have done.”
At the end of verse 8, David writes “for God is our refuge”. I think this past year has strengthened that God is with us always and we are not alone. We may have been in isolation through this pandemic and probably still are, but God has been with us. We have given up many of the things that were our normal, like visiting friends and extended family. Celebrating Christmas was different than in years before. But we have God as the constant in our lives, we have trust that God will help us overcome the perils of this life.
We could look back on 2020 and focus on the dark times and discouragement we have experienced. But we have also had blessings that we may not have recognized. We’ve been blessed with the technology to bring worship to our congregation at Living Lord. And through the months when we couldn’t gather in person, that technology allowed us to stay connected. We have used FaceTime, Zoom, GoToMeeting and other resources to “see” our family, friends, and co-workers. Sure, it isn’t the hug we may need at the time, we pray that 2021 will bring those hugs back.
Dear Lord, You are our rock, our constant source of strength. Guide us in this new year to be more committed to spreading Your word to others. When we are alone or afraid, remind us that You are always with us. Amen
Prayer Concern - for those who do not know Christ and are lonely.
Alternate verses - Jeremiah 19:1-15; Revelation 18:11-20