March 30, 2020

Scripture Reading: Psalm 119.73-80

  Your hands have made and fashioned me; 

          give me understanding that I may learn your commandments. 

  Those who fear you shall see me and rejoice, 

          because I have hoped in your word. 

  I know, O LORD, that your judgments are right, 

          and that in faithfulness you have humbled me. 

  Let your steadfast love become my comfort 

          according to your promise to your servant. 

  Let your mercy come to me, that I may live; 

          for your law is my delight. 

  Let the arrogant be put to shame, 

          because they have subverted me with guile; 

          as for me, I will meditate on your precepts. 

  Let those who fear you turn to me, 

          so that they may know your decrees. 

  May my heart be blameless in your statutes, 

          so that I may not be put to shame.

  • Let your steadfast love become my comfort according to your promise to your servant. This is the phrase that stood out to me from this lovely prayer today. To what will you turn to for comfort today? Is God amid that source of support? Or is it maybe just a distraction, something that numbs or gives you a false sense of power rather than being a real source of comfort? There is something about that word steadfast that teaches us what love is truly about, and we get a sense of that from the rest of this psalm. That which brings us comfort has been with us since the very beginning, and will never leave us, even if we wander down the wrong paths, are being persecuted, or become too arrogant. I invite you to reflect on what brings you comfort and how you understand God to be amid that source of peace. Perhaps God is feeling particularly distant, and you need support. You could reflect on why that might be the case. May today’s journaling exercise renew your sense of God’s unfailing presence in your life.
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