The reading for today is Psalm 89:1-4, 15-18
1 I will sing of your steadfast love, O LORD, forever; with my mouth I will proclaim your faithfulness to all generations. 2 I declare that your steadfast love is established forever; your faithfulness is as firm as the heavens.
3 You said, “I have made a covenant with my chosen one, I have sworn to my servant David: 4 ‘I will establish your descendants forever, and build your throne for all generations.’”
15 Happy are the people who know the festal shout, who walk, O LORD, in the light of your countenance; 16 they exult in your name all day long, and extol your righteousness. 17 For you are the glory of their strength; by your favor our horn is exalted. 18 For our shield belongs to the LORD, our king to the Holy One of Israel.
Though these verses seem to be full of exuberant praise, Psalm 89 comes from an exilic or post-exilic time. The author of these verses is praying to God for restoration of the Jews to their land as an independent people and for the restoration of the Davidic dynasty. In today’s verses, the author is essentially praying God’s promises back to God. O Lord, you made a covenant with us. You promised steadfast love and protection forever.
God is eternal and God’s promises are eternal, even when it doesn’t feel like it. When we, too, feel as if we are in exile, waiting for treatments and a vaccine to a global pandemic, longing for a return to life as it was, we can pray God’s promises back to God.
Loving God, though our hearts can be fickle, and our life situations are constantly changing, you remain the same, steadfast in your love for us. Thank you for your promise of resurrection life.
Ella Moehlman firstname.lastname@example.org
Prayer Concern: For those going through difficult times to lean on God’s steadfast love