Thursday, January 26, 2012

Refresh us, Lord

O God, when you led your people out from Egypt, when you marched through the dry wasteland, the earth trembled and the heavens poured down rain before you, God of Sinai, before God, the God of Israel. You sent abundant rain, O God, to refresh the weary land. There your people finally settled, and with a bountiful harvest, O God, you provided for your needy people. Psalm 68: 7-10 NLT

As I write this, I am in the middle of a storm. My dog is so scared that she is under my desk. While the thunder booms, the rain is pouring onto the roof and violently hitting the windows. So, when I hear about the earth trembling and the heavens pouring down rain before God in order to refresh the weary land, I can really relate.

But in the psalm, the Lord does this in order to provide for people who are needy. These are the people who have been wandering in the desert for years. These nomads need a home and plenty to eat. And the Lord provides what they need.

I think that is the key in this psalm. It is not up to us, but up to God. We can only do so much. God takes care of the rest and is our true provider. Next time you are in a thunderstorm, think of how God has poured out his mercy and grace on your own life.

God, we give you thanks and praise for your generous love and grace pouring down upon our lives. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Copyright 2012 Amelia G. Sims

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