A Daily Dose of Good News
Monday, March 1, 2021
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Good morning! It’s March 1- we’re getting to Spring! So welcome to it! It’s time for our Daily Dose of Good News today which is from Psalm105: 1-11, 37-45. Today, before I read it, I’d like for you to bring to mind whatever you’re feeling anxious about. Specifically- anxious, stressed, worried, whatever is maybe a nagging concern. Maybe you don’t want to think about something anxious. Maybe you feel, even as you begin to think of something anxious, a desire to kind of push it away and put it away. But instead, I’d like to ask you to stay in the space and bring up something that you’re worried about, that you’re concerned about. Then, I’d like you to hear the psalm and think of how this God, our God, can assist you in that anxious situation.
O give thanks to the Lord, call on his name,
make known his deeds among the peoples.
Sing to him, sing praises to him;
tell of all his wonderful works.
Glory in his holy name;
let the hearts of those who seek the Lord rejoice.
Seek the Lord and his strength;
seek his presence continually.
Remember the wonderful works he has done,
his miracles, and the judgments he has uttered,
O offspring of his servant Abraham,
children of Jacob, his chosen ones.
He is the Lord our God;
his judgments are in all the earth.
He is mindful of his covenant forever,
of the word that he commanded, for a thousand generations,
the covenant that he made with Abraham,
his sworn promise to Isaac,
which he confirmed to Jacob as a statute,
to Israel as an everlasting covenant,
saying, “To you I will give the land of Canaan
as your portion for an inheritance.”
Then he brought Israel out with silver and gold,
and there was no one among their tribes who stumbled.
Egypt was glad when they departed,
for dread of them had fallen upon it.
He spread a cloud for a covering,
and fire to give light by night.
They asked, and he brought quails,
and gave them food from heaven in abundance.
He opened the rock, and water gushed out;
it flowed through the desert like a river.
For he remembered his holy promise,
and Abraham, his servant.
So he brought his people out with joy,
his chosen ones with singing.
He gave them the lands of the nations,
and they took possession of the wealth of the peoples,
that they might keep his statutes
and observe his laws.
Praise the Lord!
Here ends the reading.
I think it’s easy sometimes to go to Psalms, pick out a psalm that is about praising God, read it, and for it to feel a bit familiar. So we can kind of skim along the top of the psalm as we read it- like skimming along the water when you’re skipping a stone across it. But I think it’s good to dive in a bit deeper. To really hear the truth and the reality of the words of these psalms. This psalm talks about God bringing the people out with gold and silver. Bringing them out of what was a binding situation with more than they could imagine- with riches that they didn’t expect. Well cared for, well-provided for- in the midst of what would have felt to be a very uncertain and scary time.
While they were in the wilderness, God opened the Rock- something seemingly impenetrable. I wonder what’s feeling impenetrable to you? When God opened that, water gushed out, like a river into a desert. God can rush into all your dry, desolate places and spaces inside you. The gushing water of the Holy Spirit, with the water of God, to nourish you and sustain you and to help you grow. I’m happy to share our beautiful God with you this morning, who sustains you and blesses you beyond expectation, in all the things which are difficult or stressful in your lives. Praise the Lord! Amen. Have a great day, everybody. Bye-bye.