Today’s Readings: Psalm 48
One of the things I love so much about the Psalms is that their focus is always on the worship of God rather than the person’s circumstances, irrespective of whether it’s poetry of praise or a grief stricken, heartfelt cry of despair.
And so as we find ourselves on the first day of a new year, how fitting are the opening words of our reading today; a statement of praise that has been shared for thousands of years.
‘Great is the Lord and most worthy of praise … ’ vs1
A new year brings opportunity to dream and set goals, but it is also a great opportunity to stop and reflect back on the blessings of the year that has been. It is a time to meditate on the goodness and greatness of God, and even in those challenging and difficult times, to still speak out words of praise.
And at the end of this Psalm, a beautiful verse to take us forward into each day with great confidence.
‘For this God is our God forever and ever; he will be our guide even to the end.’ vs14
What great assurance to hold onto through the whole of life. At the core of our ever changing and evolving personal life, culture and world, is the stability and consistency God’s promises.
In this Psalm, the reference is to a God who delivered the people from the threat of death at the hands of their enemies, but more than this, this final verse provides us with the certainty that God will be our guide, delivering us from death itself.
It was only a week ago we were celebrating the birth of Christ; the one born to save his people, but Christmas was just the start of the story, with Jesus death and resurrection bringing about our deliverance from death.
There is a song written by Reuben Morgan and published by Hillsong Publishing called This is our God. If you don’t know the song, can I encourage you to source it out and listen to the power in the lyrics. The final 2 verses in particular capture for me a modern day prayer of great praise; our certainty of a Guide from this life into eternity.
Freely You gave it all for us
Surrendered Your life upon that cross
Great is Your love poured out for all
This is our God
Lifted on high from death to life
Forever our God is glorified
Servant and King, rescued the world
This is our God
So on this first day of 2017, and on each day that will dawn as the year unfolds, join me in singing … this is our God!