October 19

Psalm 122:1-3

“The Lord has done great things for us, and we rejoiced.” vs. 3

Everyone who lived in Jerusalem was aware of the seemingly endless cycle of disasters that had been experienced by Israel. And the psalmist was no exception! Yet he chose to focus instead on the wonderful things that had been done for the people, and he was exuberant in his praise and expressions of joy. It’s wonderful when we can come to the point in our lives when, no matter how they’ve gone, we can recognize that the Lord has done great things for us. Of course that starts with the great mystery of existence itself! No one has ever asked to be born, and purely by grace we have been made alive on a planet that defies description in a universe full of wonders. What a pity it is when we act bored or fed up or long for something more! My word, every day our senses are bombarded by sights, sounds, and smells that are precious gifts–and we get whole lifetimes full of those experiences! There’s an old children’s song that puts it well. “Oh, the Lord is good to me, and so I thank the Lord, for giving me the things I need, the sun and the rain and the apple seed. The Lord is good to me! Amen, amen, amen!” It might sound silly, but it’s exactly what the psalmist recommended. The Lord has done great things for us, and rejoicing is always appropriate.

Thought for the Day: What great things has God done for me?

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