HOLY TRINITY LUTHERAN CHURCH
A Daily Dose of Good News
Friday, March 27, 2020
At 10:30 today, this devotional will be offered online at https://youtu.be/xnIC94aoEBE
and will remain available throughout the day and the week.
*(This particular Daily Dose is more visual, so it may be best to click the link above).
Good Morning Church! I hope you’re well! I hope you know that you are loved and cherished by God- today and everyday! And for those of you whose days may blur together, like me, this is a reminder- today is Friday, March 27. Our Biblical text for today is Psalm 130.
“Out of the depths I cry to you, O Lord.
Lord, hear my voice!
Let Your ears be attentive
to the voice of my supplications!
If You, O Lord, should mark iniquities,
Lord, who could stand?
But there is forgiveness with You,
So that You may be revered.
I wait for the Lord, my soul waits,
and in His Word, I hope;
my soul waits for the Lord
more than those who watch for the morning,
more than those who watch for the morning.
O Israel, hope in the Lord!
For with the Lord there is steadfast love,
and with Him is great power to redeem.
It is He who will redeem Israel
from all its iniquities”.
Here ends the reading.
Now, did you notice? When does the hope come in? When in this text?
Aaaah! Oh no! A pop quiz! First thing in the morning! Aaaah!
What do you think? When does the hope come in, in this text?
In the middle. I’m going to read it again:
“I wait for the Lord, my soul waits, and in His Word I hope”;
And hope is something that we desperately need right now, as we hear about what’s going on in New York and hear how difficult their situation is… we need hope. It is something important and something that we cling to and something that we want to hold on to. So, it’s an important thing for us. And I hope you all can see this (standing in front of HOPE sign). But what does it mean- to hope in the Word of God? Now, I don’t know what hard things you may have already been through or what difficulties have been in your life already. I do know, that for me, the Word of God has sustained me through some of the most difficult moments of my life, and it has held me up. It has kept me going. And I think it’s an important thing for us to hold on to and to grip. That’s one of God’s promises to us: we can hope in the Word, we can know that God has us in that- as something tangible for us to hold on to. So, as we think about that and about how we hope in the Word of God… I thought that I would share with you a couple of Scriptures that have been my favorites over the years, during times when things have gotten rough. For me, in those moments, these Scriptures have shown through, and brightened my days. I guess sort of like the part in this Biblical text where the author says: “just like we wait for the dawn, just like we wait for the morning”. It reminds me of that. That in the darkest of times for me, God’s Word has broken through. In the bleakest of times when I saw no sense of hope, and just overwhelming darkness, all encompassing darkness, pervasive darkness, that as I was in that dark place, suddenly the Word of God broke through and became like the morning dawn (standing in front of sunrise picture). So I thought I would share a couple of my favorite texts, so you could enjoy God’s Word brightening your day as well, because our soul does long for that, for the hope that is involved in that.
So, Isaiah 43:
“But now, thus says the Lord,
He who created you, O Jacob,
He who formed you, O Israel:
Do not fear, for I have redeemed you;
I have called you by name, you are mine.
When you pass through the waters, I will be with you;
And through the rivers, they will not overtake you;
when you walk through the fire you will not be burned,
and the flame shall not consume you.
For I am the Lord your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior”.
That is one of my all-time favorites, and here is another one for you.
This is from Psalm 46, and I hope it also brightens your day:
“God is our refuge and our strength,
a very present help in trouble.
Therefore we will not fear, though the earth should change,
though the mountains shake in the heart of the sea;
though its waters roar and foam,
though the mountains tremble with its tumult.
There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God,
The holy habitation of the Most High.
God is in the midst of the city, it shall not be moved;
God will help her when the morning dawns.
The nations are in uproar, the kingdoms totter;
He utters his voice, and the earth melts.
The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge…
‘Be still, and know that I am God!
I am exalted among the nations,
I am exalted in the earth’.
The Lord of hosts is with us;
the God of Jacob is our refuge”.
So for today, grab some Scripture and hold on to it tight and keep it close. Because it does give you hope in the midst of all things. Whether that’s putting it on your screen saver on your computer, or taping it to you bathroom mirror, or putting it on an index card and carrying it in your pocket- whatever you need to do to hold the Word of God close, is a great thing to do. Because, as wonderful as it is, for us to do these daily devotionals every day, and hearing Josh play is magnificent, and I thought Steve’s devotional yesterday was particularly great (about the scrolls), and as much as we enjoy journeying alongside of you… the Word of God can hold you even closer. Even tighter. Even safer. Through all things. So grab on, and hold on tight and let it brighten Your world. Have a great day everybody. Bye-bye.