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Daily Devotions from Fourth Presbyterian Church

Thursday, January 20, 2022  

Today’s Scripture Reading  |  Psalm 36:5–10

Your steadfast love, O Lord, extends to the heavens,
   your faithfulness to the clouds.
Your righteousness is like the mighty mountains,
   your judgments are like the great deep;
   you save humans and animals alike, O Lord.
How precious is your steadfast love, O God!
All people may take refuge in the shadow of your wings.
They feast on the abundance of your house,
   and you give them drink from the river of your delights.
For with you is the fountain of life; in your light we see light.

O continue your steadfast love to those who know you,
   and your salvation to the upright of heart! (NRSV)

Reflection
Reading the psalms in the form of devotionals brings a token of joy to my life even when I feel overwhelmed with my current reality. I, like many others living through times of monumental change, often feel as if we cannot live into our joy because we believe we are not entitled to nice things while we are in the midst of struggle.

This section of Psalm 36 offers some solace during times when the mantra “I have had enough” becomes second nature. The psalmist paints this image of our Creator as a gentle caretaker providing from their own abundance while simultaneously being creation’s greatest champion. It takes a profound leap of faith to believe that God’s table is abundant and that the fount of life overflows. I choose to believe when the psalmist proclaims God’s salvation not just for humankind but for all of creation that we are being spoken to directly. This is a message that declares that you, I, we in the collective sense, are worthy of all that God has on offer simply by virtue of our existence. Though there are times when it feels as if we are summiting the highest of mountains, we are reassured that God’s love and righteousness can still reach us.

Prayer
Lord, you are our refuge; your steadfast love overflows like a fountain. I know that if I call upon your Holy Name I will be saved. When I am judged by you may I be judged with kindness and mercy. Guide me to your table so that I may be nourished by your grace. Help me to recognize your light within this broken world and may I be one with creation. I will delight in your abundance and rejoice in your house. Amen.

Written by Quantisha Mason, Member of Fourth Presbyterian Church

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