September 27, 2019

September 27, 2019

September 27, 2019
Psalm 146:1-10
by Leonore "L.E." Schmerber
Assistant Youth Director & Certified Lay Speaker (CLS) of Christ UMC (Knoxville, TN)
Tennessee Valley District

“Praise the Lord. Praise the Lord, my soul. I will praise the Lord all my life; I will sing praise to my God as long as I live. Do not put your trust in princes, in human beings, who cannot save. When their spirit departs, they return to the ground; on that very day their plans come to nothing. Blessed are those whose help is the God of Jacob, whose hope is in the Lord their God. He is the Maker of heaven and earth, the sea, and everything in them— he remains faithful forever. He upholds the cause of the oppressed and gives food to the hungry. The Lord sets prisoners free, the Lord gives sight to the blind, the Lord lifts up those who are bowed down, the Lord loves the righteous. The Lord watches over the foreigner and sustains the fatherless and the widow, but he frustrates the ways of the wicked. The Lord reigns forever, your God, O Zion, for all generations. Praise the Lord.” Psalm 146:1-10 NIV

Life can be hard sometimes.  Just scrolling through social media we read the highs and lows of our family and friends.  Feelings of both sadness and joy can come and go as we continue to scroll through the screenshots of people’s lives.   To be honest, at times it can be overwhelming to digest all the news being thrown at us.   One moment we see a birth announcement of a brand new life, and then the next post, is a former classmate announcing they were diagnosed with Cancer.  Videos that make us smile and cheer with excitement, and pictures that cause us to compare our lives, bodies and dreams with people we barely see once a decade.  What do we do when we get lost in the news and “screenshots” of this world?  “Get in the word”, those were the words a friend spoke to me lately.  “Get in the word”, she has said it to me plenty of times; it’s her way of saying read your bible. 

So today for our devotion let’s “get in the word”! Let’s get lost in this scripture.   I copied it all here so that it would be easier to read in one spot.  I would like for you to spend your devotion time reading these verses more than once today, perhaps even reading the same verse over and over again. Then find some good music to listen to and have some good worship time at your home, office, or in the car on the way to the grocery store.  

My prayer for today is that you will allow God to move in your life, that He will set you free, give you a new sight for your future, and lift you up from whatever trial you are going through.   That you will remember that God is our hope and our salvation.   I pray that your hope is restored and you will walk closer with God and get into the word more and see the word in your everyday life.  Amen.