Daily Devotion Friday, August 31st

Friday, August 31, 2012 – Psalm 148; Job 9:1-15, 32-35; Acts 10:34-48 and John 7:37-52

Psalm 148 – 1   Praise the Lord!
Praise the Lord from the heavens;
praise him in the heights!
2   Praise him, all his angels;
praise him, all his host!

3   Praise him, sun and moon;
praise him, all you shining stars!
4   Praise him, you highest heavens,
and you waters above the heavens!

Job 9:1-15, 32-35 – 1Then Job answered: 2“Indeed I know that this is so; but how can a mortal be just before God? 3If one wished to contend with him, one could not answer him once in a thousand. 4He is wise in heart, and mighty in strength – who has resisted him, and succeeded? – 5he who removes mountains, and they do not know it, when he overturns them in his anger; 6who shakes the earth out of its place, and its pillars tremble; 7who commands the sun, and it does not rise; who seals up the stars; 8who alone stretched out the heavens and trampled the waves of the Sea; 9who made the Bear and Orion, the Pleiades and the chambers of the south; 10who does great things beyond understanding, and marvelous things without number. 11Look, he passes by me, and I do not see him; he moves on, but I do not perceive him. 12He snatches away; who can stop him? Who will say to him, ‘What are you doing?’

In the Psalm we hear the Psalmist encouraging all creation to praise the Lord, the heavens and all creatures upon the earth. From this Psalm came the hymn; All Creatures of Our God and King. It’s attributed to St. Francis of Assisi who was a lover of all God’s critters. It’s one of my favorite hymns.

In Job, we hear Job saying that he knows he can’t contend with God. Job looks up at all God’s creation, all that God has made and knows that he can’t contend with God. Job knows that he and God are not equals. God is God, there is no one like him.

I know God is God and that God has been from the beginning and created all that is. I know that God is greater than my mind can understand or comprehend. Yet, one of the aspects of God I like the most is that we mere mortals can cry out to God. We can ask why? We can pour out our hearts to God and even be angry that God all mighty allowed a loved one to suffer, allowed tragic deaths to occur; allowed another hurricane to hit the Gulf Coast regions. And I believe that in our asking we can come closer to the God who loves us in the midst of our suffering, the God who sojourns with us through our broken hearts, through our anger. God is with us in the midst of the chaos of life.

I invite you to sit and listen to this version of the hymn: All Creatures of our God and King. As you do sense God who above all, in all and through all.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hx0RMFz8wCM&feature=fvwrel

Friends know that our God is big enough to hear us when we are hurting, just as he’s able to hear us when we are able to praise him and be joyful before Him. Our God is a big God, with a huge heart and lap.

O God, hear today the prayers of those who are hurting, hear the prayers of those who are joyful. May we know that we can come before you and sit with you, regardless of the emotions that we are feeling. Be with those who are hurting and may your comforting Spirit rest upon them. Amen.

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