S (Scripture): Psalm 119
Let my cry reach you, Lord;
help me understand according to what you’ve said.
Let my request for grace come before you;
deliver me according to your promise!
Let my lips overflow with praise
because you’ve taught me your statutes.
Let my tongue declare your word,
because all your commandments are righteous.
Let your power help me
because I have chosen your precepts.
Lord, I long for your saving help!
Your Instruction is my joy!
Let me live again so I can praise you!
Let your rules help me!
I’ve wandered off like a sheep, lost.
Find your servant
because I haven’t forgotten
O (Observation): How God’s people crave structure and guidance in order to live freely! The commands from God, while not possible for us to follow in total, are life-giving. God’s ways call for order and boundaries, so that we can ensure life for one another. Not only life, but life abundantly!
The abundance comes NOT from our hands, but from the bounty that God has given us!
A (Application): In the midst of challenges and pandemic and what seems like a never-ending election cycle (and likely TWO US Senator run-off elections in GA), the way forward seems clouded and fogged. We turn to our base desires of survival and “win at all costs” mentality – for an election, for our households, for life.”
We devolve so quickly into hoarding and defense. According to the psalm for today, however, we see a different way forward.
We can embrace the challenge to live within the boundaries God has set up. Living within God’s commandments includes embracing our neighbors (especially those in need) and not looking at politics as always a win-lose situation. Instead, we can see a path forward that all of us can journey on.
May this time of divisiveness become one in which we can all see life. May we see the path forward as broad enough for us all. May we know God’s life-giving instruction that invites us all to journey together.
P (Prayer): Gracious God, may we find this common path together this day. Amen.