S (Scripture): Psalm 25
The Lord’s voice is over the waters;
the glorious God thunders;
the Lord is over the mighty waters.
The Lord’s voice is strong;
the Lord’s voice is majestic.
The Lord’s voice breaks cedar trees—
yes, the Lord shatters the cedars of Lebanon.
He makes Lebanon jump around like a young bull,
makes Sirion jump around like a young wild ox.
The Lord’s voice unleashes fiery flames;
the Lord’s voice shakes the wilderness—
yes, the Lord shakes the wilderness of Kadesh.
The Lord’s voice convulses the oaks,
strips the forests bare,
but in his temple everyone shouts, “Glory!”
The Lord sits enthroned over the floodwaters;
the Lord sits enthroned—king forever!
Let the Lord give strength to his people!
Let the Lord bless his people with peace!
O (Observation): In the creation story – and in this Psalm – the waters and floodwaters reflect the chaos that existed before creation. God separated the waters from the waters in creation. God created order out of chaos.
God is sovereign over all. God can make the lands and forests act like pets and play toys.
God is present in the midst of chaos and with that kind of power, surely the Lord can bless her people with peace.
A (Application): Our school system was closed today and yesterday and closed 2 hours early the day before that. Why? Flooding. Rain has been incessant for days and now many roads are flooded.
When waters rise, chaos ensues. Water is quite the force to be reckoned with. One must obey the serious damage that water can cause, especially when it flows over its regular bounds.
And somehow, God sits over the waters. We are part of a broken creation, but God remains faithful to us. How? Empowering our neighbors to love one another.
A great service organization – Murfreesboro Cold Patrol – sprang into action to help the homeless population by washing their newly soaked clothes and sleeping bags. They are helping to ensure that the chronic homeless are aided through this storm and flood.
God lives in the hearts of humans. We serve others and ensure the safety of our fellow humans the best way we can. In doing so, we can endure the floods and disasters of this world.
P (Prayer): God, empower us as co-creators to be the care and love in this world that you wish us to be. Amen.