Prepare to Listen. As you light the 1st purple candle hear the Lord saying to you: See, I am making all things new.
Prayerfully Read Psalm 147:7-11, 20c
7Sing to the LORD with thanksgiving;
make melody to our God on the lyre.
8He covers the heavens with clouds,
prepares rain for the earth,
makes grass grow on the hills.
9He gives to the animals their food,
and to the young ravens when they cry.
10His delight is not in the strength of the horse,
nor his pleasure in the speed of a runner;
11but the LORD takes pleasure in those who fear him,
in those who hope in his steadfast love.
20cPraise the LORD!
For the second time in Psalm 147, the psalmist inspires us to sing: “Sing to the LORD with thanksgiving.” We’re then encouraged to get a big picture view of God, seen in the psalmist’s focus on all creation. If vv1-6 focused on God’s redemptive power (God saves the brokenhearted and downtrodden), these verses focus on God’s creative power. Using beautiful imagery, the psalmist invites us to look at God’s gift of rain for the earth that makes grass grow on the hills, which in turn provides food for the animals and the young ravens when they cry. This is an expansive view of God that takes us beyond our self-centered thoughts and needs to hungry animals and birds.
When we look up and see God in all creation, we’ll know that God’s “delight is not in the strength of the horse, nor his pleasure in the speed of a runner.” In other words, God doesn’t look to us for power and speed to get God’s work done! Our task isn’t to be strong to fight an enemy. That’s not what gives God pleasure. And God delights to take pleasure in us humans. We give God pleasure when we fear God and hope in the Lord’s steadfast love. Looking around at God’s power in creation should evoke fear, not in the sense of terror of God, but in the sense of awe and humility. And it’s this fear that sustains hope in God’s steadfast love (mercy) and gives God pleasure.
What caught your attention in these verses today?
Respond to Jesus
May I give you pleasure today, Lord by being more aware of your creative power in the world around me so that I respect creation and stand in fear (awe) and continue to hope in your mercy. Amen.
Live obediently. Give God pleasure today.