Tuesday, March 12, 2013
Morning Psalms: 97, 99, 100 | Evening Psalms: 94, 95
Jeremiah 17:19-27 | Romans 7:13-25 | John 6:16-27
I first remember learning Psalm 100 when I was a small child. I attended a church school for first and second grade that emphasized scripture memorization for one and all. Our teachers worked with us day after day to help us commit these verses to memory so that we could then recite them back to our parents at an assembly.
One of the major blessings for me about memorizing this short little psalm is how I have been able to recall it at various times in my life when I need it most. It has several small but important reminders for us daily:
1. Make a joyful noise in your praise of the Lord—don’t worry about what key you are in. God hears our hearts.
2. Serve happily—those who act out of duty, get very little joy from it. The more we give to others, the more we seem to receive in blessings.
3. We are made in God’s image, he made us—He is very amazing that way. We can’t take credit for our world only for our stewardship of it.
4. We need to be thankful to God for all the many blessings we receive daily. Psalm 100 is in our Sunday lectionary two times in Year A and once in Year C. The use in Year C (this year), will be on Thanksgiving. One more opportunity to say thank you to God.
5. God is good; His love is blameless, pure, and excellent. He alone is worthy of worship.
6. His Word, our Bible, is true and will outlast all of us. We can count on the whole story of scripture from Genesis to Revelation as being faithful for those before, those now, and those to come.
Lord God in Heaven, in this season of Lent when we are focused on our need for repentance, let us not forget to be thankful for Your forgiveness, Your love, and Your Son, Jesus Christ. Speak into our hearts and draw us nearer to You daily in thought, word, and deed. Amen.
The Rev. Phyllis Bartle (MDiv 2006, DMin Student)
Rector, St. Jude’s Episcopal Church
Orange City, FL
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