May 24, 2018
Psalm 29:8-15…May the Lord give strength to his people! May the Lord bless his people with peace!” vs. 11
The psalmist closes his hymn of praise to the majesty of the Lord with a special blessing for God’s people, namely that they be given strength and peace for daily living. Many centuries have passed since he prayed those words for the gathered community in Jerusalem, but they’re still remarkably fitting. Life–even at its best–is fraught with challenges that test our resolve and convictions. There are illnesses and broken relationships. Often our work is less than satisfying and we can begin to feel trapped in our jobs. Family pressures can be overwhelming and we hurt for our loved ones. In those moments, it feels good to know that God cares and is a source of strength. It’s that power from outside ourselves that often gets us over the hump. Just when we’re the weakest, that reserve power supplies kick in and we’re recharged–at least until the next challenge. Many would say though, that the greatest gift that comes from God is peace, the serenity that calms our spirits and prepares us for an uncertain future. It’s when we realize that we can’t control everything and that we’re not in charge, that we can begin to relax about life. In that moment peace flows into our lives like a gentle stream, our God-connection is restored, and the great Lord of the universe stoops down to give us rest…and life is good!
Thought for the Day: How peaceful do I feel today?