Readings for today:
Wednesday, July 3: Psalm 103 – 105
Last night we had our Healing Service which is held on the first Wednesday of the month. After our opening hymn we shared these words. Sound familiar?
Bless the Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me,
Bless his holy name.
Bless the Lord, O my soul, and do not forget all his benefits—who forgives all your iniquity, who heals all your diseases,
Bless the Lord, O my soul,
Who redeems your life from the Pit, who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy,
who satisfies you with good as long as you live
so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.
Bless the Lord, O my soul.
Along with the familiar litany of the Healing Service, Psalm 103 revealed to us the vastness of God’s love. Higher then the highest heaven (v. 11) and as far as the east is from the west. (v. 12)
As the Psalmist proclaims God made . . . springs, streams, mountains, valleys, grasses, trees, birds, lions, the sun to rise and so much more. Knowing that America is about to celebrate the 4th of July, this song popped in my head as I was reading.
This land is your land, this land is my land
From the California to the New York island
From the Redwood Forest, to the gulf stream waters
This land was made for you and me!
Psalm 105 has a wonderful retelling of the story of God’s people. From the stories of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and Joseph, to Moses and Aaron, all the way through the wilderness to being provided with water from the rock, and manna and quail to eat. Indeed God has cared for and provided for his people. For that we “Praise the Lord!” (v. 45)
Readings for the next few days:
Thursday, July 4: Psalm 106 – 107
Friday, July 5: Psalm 108 – 114
Saturday, July 6: Psalm 115 – 118
Sunday, July 7: Psalm 119