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Daily Devotions from Fourth Presbyterian Church

Tuesday, May 24, 2022  

Today’s Scripture Reading  |  Psalm 93

The Lord is king; he is robed in majesty;
    the Lord is robed; he is girded with strength.
He has established the world; it shall never be moved;
    your throne is established from of old;
    you are from everlasting.

The floods have lifted up, O Lord,
    the floods have lifted up their voice;
    the floods lift up their roaring.
More majestic than the thunders of mighty waters,
    more majestic than the waves of the sea,
    majestic on high is the Lord!

Your decrees are very sure;
    holiness befits your house,
    O Lord, forevermore. (NRSV)

Psalm 93 is magnificent and so evocative.

It does for believers what a power ballad does to the listener: it stirs, it uplifts, it resonates, it leaves an impression.

Like a monarch draped in robes, God rules with majesty over all creation.

More powerful than the crashing waves of the ocean and greater than the roar of the rushing waters, God’s sovereignty is absolute and exists beyond the construct of time.

God’s commandments are holy, and therefore in glory to God we should seek a holy and purposeful path to walk in our lifetime.

However, while worldwide conflicts rage and our planet is in distress, while shootings happen frequently and social inequities are prevalent, we can easily become disillusioned and fall into despair.

At these times, like the monarch’s robe, may we drape ourselves in scripture such as Psalm 93, which proclaims the omnipotence and omnipresence of God, in the world and in each of our lives.

Holy and sovereign Lord, from your hand creation came forth and is ever unfolding, according to your plan. In gratitude and faith, we live our lives, trusting in our God who was, is, and always will be. When we falter, help us in our unbelief, our disillusionment, our disengagement, so that renewed and restored we can go forth in love and peace, creating your kingdom on earth. Amen.

Written by Holly O’ Mara, Member of Fourth Presbyterian Church

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