Psalm 111:1-10 (aligned with Year B Epiphany 4)
Hallelujah!I give thanks to God with everything I’ve got—
Wherever good people gather, and in the congregation.
God’s works are so great, worth
A lifetime of study—endless enjoyment!
Splendor and beauty mark his craft;
His generosity never gives out.
His miracles are his memorial—This God of Grace, this God of Love.
He gave food to those who fear him,He remembered to keep his ancient promise.
He proved to his people that he could do what he said:
Hand them the nations on a platter—a gift!
He manufactures truth and justice;
All his products are guaranteed to last—Never out-of-date, never obsolete, rust-proof.
All that he makes and does is honest and true:
He paid the ransom for his people,
He ordered his Covenant kept forever.
He’s so personal and holy, worthy of our respect.
The good life begins in the fear of God—Do that and you’ll know the blessing of God.
His Hallelujah lasts forever!
As I read through this Psalm, I’m so challenged about the many, many ways that I fail to stop and pay attention to all the good things that God has done – its easy to get swept up in the mundane, or the grind, or the struggle, and lose sight of the magnificent, and the significant, and the shiny things that God has done.The psalmist encourages us to notice the amazing attention that Creator God puts into his handiwork – rust-proof, ageless, perfection.
I want to challenge you to deliberately make space to name the good things that God has done. Draw a big tree trunk on a piece of paper and blu-tak it to a wall in an obvious place in your living space – try to make space every day to add to the tree as you reflect on the good things that God has done in your life: be as creative as you like… draw birds on the branches and note that they represent a specific thing or event, add clusters of leaves, or fruit, or flowers… or a monitor lizard (some times God’s good things can look terrifying!)… you might include the sun or clouds, or other “big” things for some bigger things that you’re thankful for.*Respond:*I’d love to hear your reflections after doing this for the week – how did it feel to have a visual representation of your praise of God’s good things. Did you find anything changed or shifted for you?How might this reflection be adapted to be useful in an intergenerational space, to open an opportunity for your whole gathering to reflect on the goodness of God? How could you make it work – be accessible and safe – for your whole gathering?