January 5

Psalm 29

“May the Lord give strength to his people! May the Lord bless his people with peace!” vs. 11

The psalmist had no doubt about the sovereignty of God, and believed that every part of creation reflected the power and majesty of its creator. Earthquakes, winds, thunder, and lightning were all a part of the earth’s posturing before the Almighty One–and as one caught up in the turmoil and messiness of it all, he cried out, “May the Lord give strength to his people! May the Lord bless his people with peace!” And indeed, that’s our cry too as we leave the turbulence of 2020 and head into the uncharted territory that is 2021. Who knows what lies ahead? Futurists and pundits have their opinions. Wall Street analysts are making their projections. But the psalmist nails our basic needs: we need strength, and we want peace! There are few more basic needs for any of us. No matter how optimistic we might be about our personal path, we know by experience that there will be some clunkers along the way, and we’re going to need strength to endure. And if we can have some measure of peace and serenity, that will certainly be a bonus! And it certainly wouldn’t hurt if the leaders of the world could have some degree of wisdom in dealing with the crises and calamities that seem to be increasing as the globe gets even hotter. Individually all of these things are out of our control–but prayer is a mighty tool, and as we echo the psalmist, good things are bound to happen.

Thought for the Day: Why do we persist in praying for global issues?

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