Daily Devotion for May 18, 2020

SCRIPTURE: Psalm 93

The Majesty of God’s Rule

1 The Lord is king, he is robed in majesty;

    the Lord is robed, he is girded with strength.

He has established the world; it shall never be moved;

2     your throne is established from of old;

    you are from everlasting.

3 The floods have lifted up, O Lord,

    the floods have lifted up their voice;

    the floods lift up their roaring.

4 More majestic than the thunders of mighty waters,

    more majestic than the waves of the sea,

    majestic on high is the Lord!

5 Your decrees are very sure;

    holiness befits your house,

    O Lord, forevermore.

 

REFLECTION:

Thomas L Are, Jr. points out an important reality as he reflects on this psalm, “The flood waters are real, but they are not ultimate. Never have the powers of evil and chaos been able to drown out the praise of God’s people who in humble yet bold defiance sing what is true yesterday, today, and in every tomorrow: the Lord is sovereign. The ascension of the Lord celebrates on one day that which is true every day.”

 

I, like many people I assume, have always had something of a love-hate relationship with water. The first home that Sarah and I owned would flood in the basement every time it even looked like it was going to rain. And then another home we lived in, the basement flooded several times and we lost many things that were precious to us. But I love going to the beach, being near water, going for a swim. And even in the moments when I felt overwhelmed by the power of water, or in other situations where I felt I was drowning in the chaos of the world, I have always tried to hold on not only my faith in a saving God, but also continue to praise God for God’s mercy, love, and grace.

 

RESPONSE:

Take a few quiet moments and ask yourself, “What have been the floods you have experienced in your life?” What helped you navigate those floods?

 

PRAYER:

Saving God, in the midst of chaos, floodwaters that threaten to drown, and in the midst of the evil of violence in which we live, help us to continue to praise you and find ways to live as your disciples. Water can be life-giving for those who are thirsty, grace-filled for those who become baptized, but also life-taking in floods and storms. Help us to always search out the water that Jesus gives that we will never be thirsty again. Amen.

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