23. You who fear the Lord, praise him! All you descendants of Jacob, honor him! Revere him, all you descendants of Israel! 24. For he has not despised or disdained the suffering of the afflicted one; He has not hidden his face from him but has listened to his cry for help. 25. From you does the theme of my praise in the great assembly; Before those who fear your will I fulfill my vows. 26. The poor will eat and be satisfied; they who seek the Lord will praise him— may your hearts live forever!
Reflection by Darlene Wagner As millions in the U.S. remain unemployed, the U.S. COVID death toll stands at half a million, and people in developing countries face famine, there seems to be little hope for the afflicted ones. During such times of suffering, much responsibility falls upon people of faith. We are to see that the hungry are fed, the sick are cared for, and the heartbroken are comforted. It is through our actions that the promise in this Psalm comes true.
Invocation To you, Most High we pray, who towers far above pandemic, death, chaos, and evildoers. As darkness is as light to you, Carry us through these obstacles! As we feel your assuring Presence, Empower us to share from such abundance you’ve provided! All praise to you and worthy is the Lamb, your Right Hand!