I pray sitting in the Psalms this year has been a blessing to you, as it has been to me. I have heard from many of you that it has been a while since you have read the Psalms in order and you are enjoying the flow and faith you are finding as you go from one to the next.
I’m still thinking about Psalm 57. It begins by saying, “1 Be merciful to me, O God, be merciful to me, for in you my soul takes refuge; in the shadow of your wings, I will take refuge, until the destroying storms pass by. 2 I cry to God Most High, to God who fulfills his purpose for me. 3 He will send from heaven and save me, he will put to shame those who trample on me. Selah God will send forth his steadfast love and his faithfulness.” And finishes by saying, “9 I will give thanks to you, O Lord, among the peoples; I will sing praises to you among the nations. 10 For your steadfast love is as high as the heavens; your faithfulness extends to the clouds. 11 Be exalted, O God, above the heavens. Let your glory be over all the earth.”
In between these verses is a full run of emotions and life. The gift of scripture, empow- ered by the Holy Spirit, that invites us to be real about where we find ourselves, what we need and where we hope to be.
“What Do You Need?” and “What is Next?” are the questions we will explore each Sun- day in August. I believe they are key questions at this time, for us individually and as a congregation. Working in the Old and New Testament, we will hear how the children of God have navigated uncertain times and partnered with God.
I’m looking forward to this month’s continued sermon series but I am so aware that these questions are at the core of each Psalm and really most of the Bible. To be real, to name our challenges and to claim our joys is central to walking with God and with each other.
May we embrace the invitation we hear in scripture and the Holy Spirit to be real with God and each other in our declarations and questions. May we know God’s peace and presence as we continue to take refuge in our faith, love our neighbors and give God glory in all that we do.