Praise the Lord!
I will give thanks to the Lord with my whole heart,
in the company of the upright, in the congregation.
Great are the works of the Lord,
studied by all who delight in them.
Full of honor and majesty is his work,
and his righteousness endures forever.
He has gained renown by his wonderful deeds;
the Lord is gracious and merciful.
He provides food for those who fear him;
he is ever mindful of his covenant.
He has shown his people the power of his works,
in giving them the heritage of the nations.
The works of his hands are faithful and just;
all his precepts are trustworthy.
They are established forever and ever,
to be performed with faithfulness and uprightness.
He sent redemption to his people;
he has commanded his covenant forever.
Holy and awesome is his name.
The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom;
all those who practice it have a good understanding.
His praise endures forever.
In our lectionary Psalm for this Sunday, the Psalmist reflects on who God is in their life. A Psalm of praise, the writer has obviously journeyed in faith and experienced the fullness of the works of God. They see God in every aspect of their lives, they know that God has always been with them.
Where have you seen God at work in your life this week? As you’ve worked, studied, sat around tables, commuted, or relaxed, where has God been at work in those moments? Have you taken note of where God is in the ordinary, or have you allowed yourself to be distracted by the busyness of the world around you?
We all find those moments where we don’t pay as close attention to our faith as we should. Those moments where we feel overwhelmed (or underwhelmed) by the rest of our lives in such ways that our faith starts to play “second fiddle.” Has that happened to you in the days and weeks that have gone by?
As the Psalmist reflects on what it means to be a person of faith, he or she recognizes that God’s presence is infused in every aspect of their lives and the world around them. There is no place, event, person, or thing where God is not there with them.
As you prepare to end the week you’ve just had, what might you need to do in the next few days to slow down, spend time with Christ, and re-orient yourself to his presence before entering the next week? How can you use Saturday and Sunday to prepare for a week ahead in which you try to look for God in everything?
I encourage you to think about the week you’ve just had and think of where God has been at work –– even if you were not paying attention. In the week ahead, know that Christ is with you and present in every aspect of whatever may come. Try and pay more attention to where he is and what he’s calling you to as you face whatever these days will bring.
See you Sunday!