November 18

Psalm 95:1-7a

“O come, let us sing to the Lord; let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation! Let us come into his presence with thanksgiving; let us make a joyful noise to him with songs of praise!” vss. 1-2

As the worship quarantine continues in our congregations, one of the things we’re missing the most is lifting our voices in songs of praise and thanksgiving. In fact, we’ve been told by those who understand how COVID spreads, that singing in a worship setting is one of the best ways to spread the virus! And so we’ve done without–and tried to find other ways to offer praise and express joy. We can do it in our individual prayers of course, all of us can find opportunities in the course of our days to show appreciation for the wonders of our world. If we’re alert, every turn of our head can offer new delights: a brightly colored bird, the song of a lovebird, the azure blue of our western skies, a gentle evening breeze, a quiet walk in the morning, the changing seasons–our list could go on and on. All the universe rests in the hands of our God and everything bears the indelible mark of our Creator. How wonderful it is when we can get our heads out of the morass of politics and outrage and focus on those things which have eternal value! Even if we can’t join in communal hymns we can offer our deep hums of praise and joy, and God hears it all!

Thought for the Day: What will bring delight to my eyes today?

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