September 8

Psalm 116:6-9

“The Lord protects the simple; when I was brought low, he saved me.” vs.6

The psalmist had come close to death, but he had survived, not because of his wealth or privilege, or because he had acted with wisdom and valor. He didn’t have any credits to his name, but for some reason the Lord had smiled on him in his misery, and he had been restored to life.There are whole bunches of folks who have had that same experience with God. They know they’re not the smartest or the most capable–and they haven’t come close to figuring out the answers to life’s perplexing mysteries. They’ve never been the brightest bulb in the room but they have enjoyed being alive. They like the eating and drinking that goes along with living and they particularly like being a part of a family. Oh, and they do know there is a God who loves them and takes care of them; frankly, they’re puzzled that anyone would even question such a basic truth. They do what they do, day in and day out, and they love doing the serving tasks that community life requires. The psalmist believed that God took special care for such simple folk, that they were protected by God’s healing love. And even though we may not aspire to be simple, there is much that we can learn from them. As the old Shaker folk song puts it, “‘Tis a gift to be simple, ‘tis a gift to be free!” And so it is! 

Thought for the Day: Why is a simple person more free?

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