Reading: Psalm 105: 1-11 and 45b
Verse Four: Look to the Lord and His strength; seek His face always.
The Psalm begins with encouragement to give our thanks to God and to sing our praises to Him. In singing our praises, the psalmist instructs us to “tell of all His wonderful acts”. For the Israelites, God had acted in mighty and dramatic ways. As a people, they have many touchstone moments when God has actively intervened. In most cases, these are positive experiences that are remembered and celebrated. Sometimes these are national events like the Exodus story and the rebuilding of Jerusalem. Sometimes they are personal stories – like the story of David and Goliath. These moments all recall God’s love for His chosen people and their response is to praise and worship God.
On occasion they are stories of correction and sometimes of consequences for poor choices or ungodly living. Noah and the flood and the periods of occupation and exile are key reminders of what happens when the people stray from God and His love. Yet each of these stories had a silver lining because in the end the people return to a God who continues to love them anyway. This realization also leads to the praise and worship of God.
As we fast forward to 2017, we are also the people of God. As we look back over the last 10, 20, or more years of our own faith journeys we too can see the God we love at work in our story of faith. We too can “tell of all His wonderful acts”. There are moments when God has moved and we have been led to our own promised land or when we have slayed our own Goliaths. Our faith has grown in these times. And there are our times of wandering in the dessert and times when Satan’s temptations did lead to sin. In these times, God never gave up or abandoned us. We too remained loved and cherished by God. We found redemption and came back into the great love of God. God’s love always remains constant. What a reason to praise! All of these experiences, both the good and the bad, remind us to always “Look to the Lord and His strength; seek His face always”.