When I noticed that Psalm 111 was one of the readings for the Revised Common Lectionary for 31 January, 2021, I remembered that I had written about this Psalm in 2018 during a Thanksgiving season that was a time of adjustment and preparation for major changes. Psalm 111 reminded me of the stability to be found in acknowledgement of God’s creative power.
“Glorious and majestic are his deeds, and his righteousness endures forever” (Psalm 111:3)
The psalm also reminded me that God sustains, that he provides. Its words provided hope when I needed exactly that, and promised redemption. Although many of us may not assemble this Sunday with others to praise the LORD in person because of constraints connected with the coronavirus or other factors, we still can sing and pray with all our heart to our Lord with gratitude for all he has provided.
Four days before I posted the blog post to which these comments are attached, I had written another post about other aspects of Psalm 111 that encouraged me, and I believe, will help you as well. You may find that post by clicking here: https://callforfireseminar.wordpress.com/2018/11/18/praying-thankfully-in-the-congregation/.
“Great are the works of the Lord, Psalm 111 says, “studied by all who delight in him. Full of splendor and majesty is his work, and his righteousness endures forever. He has caused his wondrous works to be remembered; the LORD is gracious and merciful.” The apostle Paul notes that the world testifies to the glory of its Creator. When we slow down and observe the natural beauty surrounding us, we begin to understand why we sing songs like How Great Thou Are and Praise the Lord, ye heavens adore him.” When I saw multitudes of stars in a cloudless sky as I stood in a dark Mojave desert, or I witnessed the majesty of the ocean’s crashing waves during a storm in Hawaii, or I enjoyed the changing of leaves in the fall or the glistening of ice on barren tree limbs during the past two weeks, I have…
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