Psalm 68: 1-10
Praise and Thanksgiving
To the leader. Of David. A Psalm. A Song.
1 Let God rise up, let his enemies be scattered; let those who hate him flee before him. 2 As smoke is driven away, so drive them away; as wax melts before the fire, let the wicked perish before God. 3 But let the righteous be joyful; let them exult before God; let them be jubilant with joy.
4 Sing to God, sing praises to his name; lift up a song to him who rides upon the clouds— his name is the Lord— be exultant before him.
5 Father of orphans and protector of widows is God in his holy habitation. 6 God gives the desolate a home to live in; he leads out the prisoners to prosperity, but the rebellious live in a parched land.
7 O God, when you went out before your people, when you marched through the wilderness, Selah 8 the earth quaked, the heavens poured down rain at the presence of God, the God of Sinai, at the presence of God, the God of Israel. 9 Rain in abundance, O God, you showered abroad; you restored your heritage when it languished; 10 your flock found a dwelling in it; in your goodness, O God, you provided for the needy.
Devotion by Anne Mooney
The words from this part of Psalm 68 sound like a call to celebration. Right now it may seem like there isn’t much to celebrate in this time of social distancing and the Covid-19 virus. Graduations have been cancelled. Sporting Events and Concerts have been cancelled. My son’s wedding was cancelled. What is there to celebrate?
Yet, life goes on. We are finding new ways to celebrate and discovering new ways to connect. We still have reasons to sing and be grateful. Families are spending more time together instead of running off in different directions. My friend, Lynne had a Zoom family reunion with her disabled brother and siblings who live all across this country, something they never thought to do before this pandemic. We have friends and family who live far away joining our church family in worship every Sunday for online worship services. These are reasons to rejoice!
And imagine when this time of sheltering is done and we can all gather together. There will be dancing, and music, and HALLELUJAHS. For God will have brought us through this time of isolation and waiting. We will be jubilant with joy! Praise God.
Dear God, We praise you. You give us families, homes, churches, and a beautiful Earth to live in. You give us creativity and intelligence to use in times of crisis. You give us friends in time of need and you are with us when we are lonely. We praise you and we rejoice in your presence. Amen.