Daily Devotion Friday, August 24th

Friday, August 24, 2012 – Psalm 130; Job 2:1-13; Acts 9:1-9 and John 6:27-40

Psalm 130 – 1   Out of the depths I cry to you, O LORD.
2       Lord, hear my voice!
Let your ears be attentive
to the voice of my supplications!

3   If you, O LORD, should mark iniquities,
Lord, who could stand?
4   But there is forgiveness with you,
so that you may be revered.

5   I wait for the LORD, my soul waits,
and in his word I hope;
6   my soul waits for the Lord
more than those who watch for the morning,
more than those who watch for the morning.

7   O Israel, hope in the LORD!
For with the LORD there is steadfast love,
and with him is great power to redeem.
8   It is he who will redeem Israel
from all its iniquities.

When people find themselves troubled, often to the core of their very being, they will ask me; “pastor, where can I find some help? Some hope?” When they ask me this question, or one like it, I encourage them to turn to the book of Psalms and simply begin reading from Psalm 1 and continuing on until one speaks to them. I do this, for within the Psalms we find people of God who are rejoicing because of all the blessings God has given us and we find others reaching out to God because they are hurting at the very core of their being.

Today’s reading from Psalm 130 is one such Psalm, in it we hear one crying out to God because of the pain and suffering they are having to endure. Yet, even in his anguish we hear a word of hope, because of God’s steadfast love and faithfulness.

It matters not what state of life we may find ourselves in today, within the book of Psalms is a word that can speak to us and help us express to God or ourselves what we are feeling.

A good spiritual practice is to read the Psalms through from 1 to 150, throughout the year. If one does this, one should be able to read through Psalms a couple of times every year. Psalm 119 is the longest and could be broken up into three days of readings, but others are very short, so you might do two on a given day.

Today, think about what you are feeling or experiencing and try to express it to God. Maybe write your own personal Psalm unto God. Is it joy, make your psalm joyous. Is it sorrow or trouble, express your emotions to God.

O God, I give thanks for the book of Psalms wherein we can find words that help us express what we are feeling. Thank you for this the hymnbook of the Old Testament, a hymnbook of life and faith. Amen.

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