Tuesday November 3, 2020

Today’s Scripture: Psalm 146

Praise the Lord!

Let all that I am praise the Lord.
    I will praise the Lord as long as I live.
    I will sing praises to my God with my dying breath.

Don’t put your confidence in powerful people;
    there is no help for you there.
When they breathe their last, they return to the earth,
    and all their plans die with them.
But joyful are those who have the God of Israel as their helper,
    whose hope is in the Lord their God.
He made heaven and earth,
    the sea, and everything in them.
    He keeps every promise forever.
He gives justice to the oppressed
    and food to the hungry.
The Lord frees the prisoners.
    The Lord opens the eyes of the blind.
The Lord lifts up those who are weighed down.
    The Lord loves the godly.
The Lord protects the foreigners among us.
    He cares for the orphans and widows,
    but he frustrates the plans of the wicked.

10 The Lord will reign forever.
    He will be your God, O Jerusalem, throughout the generations.

Praise the Lord!

Today’s Devotional

Happy Election Day everyone! If you have not voted yet I encourage you to do so. Participation is important. I’ve gone “off script” from our Gospel of John devotionals for today and had us read Psalm 146. It’s one of my favorites for two reasons. First, it reminds us that we are not to put our trust in leaders. The New Living Translation, which we read above, says “Don’t put your confidence in power people. The King James Version says “Do not put your trust in princes.” This is a good point to remember on election day. We should not put our confidence in our leader – whoever it is – but rather in God.

The second reason I really like Psalm 146 is that it describes what God does in the world. And since we are God’s hands in the world – it tells us what WE should be doing – regardless of who wins the election. Beginning in verse 6 we see what matters to God and therefore what should matter to us:

Giving justice to the oppressed

Giving food to the hungry

Freeing the prisoners

Opening the eyes of the blind

Lifting up those who are weighed down

Protecting the foreigners among us

Caring for the orphans and widows

Frustrating the plans of the wicked

It’s a pretty good “to-do” list for disciples!

As we move through election day and beyond let’s commit ourselves to being God-agents in the world – doing the things that God would have us do.

Today’s Prayer

God you are the ultimate leaders and ruler. Help us to follow you in everything we do and to be your hands and feet in this world.

Amen

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