Singing in a Dry and Weary Land

I was reading Psalm 63 and felt it was written to us today as we enter into December having to deal with COVID since March.

The stresses of sheltering in place, wearing masks, limiting meeting with friends and family, upended routines, controversies in how to handle the spread of the virus as well as the elections and racial tensions have resulted in “a dry and weary land where there is no water”.

In this Psalm David says: “O God, you are my God, earnestly I seek you: my soul thirsts for you, my body longs for you.” 

David remembers: “I have seen you in the sanctuary and beheld your power and your glory.  Because your love is better than life, my lips will glorify you.  I will praise you as long as I live and in your name I will lift up my hands.”

As we enter into the time we celebrate the coming of Jesus into the world let’s truly remember him.  His “power and glory”, his “love that is better than life”.  When David reflected on this the dry and weary land drifted into the background.  He remembered that he had seen God’s power and glory which was better than life itself.

This Christmas let’s remember, let’s focus on the Lord.  David says: “On my bed I remember you; I think of you through the watches of the night.”  And goes on to say: “Because you are my help I sing in the shadow of your wings”.

Let’s remember the Lord is our help and protection and sing!

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