"Sing praises to the Lord, O you his faithful ones, and give thanks to his holy name." Psalm 30:4
There was a large part of me certainly ready to "sing praises" alright. The moving days had finally come, moving out and moving in. The weather was more than co-operative. There were so many people to help, in both the going and the coming, that I was amazed. (And thankful for the effort given on a holiday weekend no less!)
And while thankfulness is rightfully the theme in all this, that certainly wasn't always the case, as sometimes I questioned the timing, or the length of the time anyhow. Truth be told though, even in my doubting God was present to meet me whether I was ready to know that or not.
Psalm 32 (shortly after the one quoted above) is filled with such assurances, and I have turned to that psalm again and again. Thankfulness is not always at the forefront. In that psalm are found the words, "While I kept my silence, my body wasted away through my groaning all day long. ... my strength dried up as by the heat of summer. ... at a time of distress, the rush of mighty waters shall not reach them." It is all about God's presence at any and all times.
God does not always move in a timely fashion, at least as far as I can tell. (My time and my fashion.) But that does not mean that God is not moving. Is there a chance I might remember that in all the days hence? Remember? Yes! Always? No. But that presence of the Lord does not depend on my knowing. And for that there is ample reason to "give thanks to his holy name".
"Holy God, may your Word, read and proclaimed, be for us this day living water and the bread of life. We yield ourselves to the word you will speak to each of us, seeking only to hear your voice, see your face and respond to your will for our lives. Amen."
NO WEDNESDAY VESPER SERVICE (resumes in September)
Thursday; Men's Night @ Ken Harris's home for NBA Playoffs
Sunday; Summer Worship Schedule begins; Services at 8:30 & 10:30 am