Our Scripture for today is from Psalms 80: 14-18.
14 Return to us, God Almighty!
Look down from heaven and see!
Watch over this vine,
15 the root your right hand has planted,
the son you have raised up for yourself.
16 Your vine is cut down, it is burned with fire;
at your rebuke your people perish.
17 Let your hand rest on the man at your right hand,
the son of man you have raised up for yourself.
18 Then we will not turn away from you;
revive us, and we will call on your name.
In my backyard, at my family's house in Iowa, we had several pesky branches with deep roots that I could not stand. The vines grow so fast, and each summer, I had to take my yard shears to them and chop them back. Over the years, I found my efforts at reducing the vines to be futile. No matter how much I chopped and hacked at them, they found their way back and seem to expand more with each passing year.
What I needed to get was the base of the vines. I knew it. I tried my best to dig out the vines' base, but the roots were so deep that I always had a poor outcome in my attempt to eliminate the vines.
This psalm reminds me of the depth of the roots in the vine branch. With deep roots, it's challenging to remove the branches. How deep are your roots of faith running? What kind of soil is your faith life planted? And, what needs to be cut out so that the vines of faith may grow and increase?
Let us pray: Lord, make my heart to be good soil. I am rooted in the soil of your Word. Bless me as I seek to follow where you lead me today. I pray that I would do anything that is apart for your will. I will fear not for you are ever with me. In Jesus' name. Amen.
Pastor Steve Cauley
Prayer concern: Pray for farmers, agricultural workers, and all who labor to feed others. Ask God to bless all creation with a good harvest, that all the world might be fed.