Wednesday, May 15, 2019
17 The Lord is righteous in all his ways and faithful in all he does.
18 The Lord is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth.
This psalm is called a psalm of praise, one written by David the King. It’s what is called an acrostic poem, because each verse begins with successive letters of the Hebrew alphabet. Remember back in school when the teacher asked you to make a poem for “mother” or some other word? Take the “m” and decide how Mom made cookies or made the hurt go away? Then think of something for “o” and each of the other letters in the word. That’s an acrostic poem.
Our passage today is but a portion of this psalm of praise. It’s one well worth reading through the entire psalm. These particular verses remind us that God is near when we call upon the Lord, when we call upon God in truth. God is righteous and faithful in all things; therefore God will respond willingly to us as we endeavor to live in ways that are righteous and faithful, following God’s desires for us.
What if you were to write an alphabet of praise to God? What attributes might you say to God? You are amazing. Your beauty is evident in leaves emerging from trees and fragrant blossoms in the spring air. Your creation is an intricate, well-planned act of love that deserves our care and attention. And that’s just the A, B, and C of the alphabet!
I invite you to take a few moments to compose your own prayer of praise. Come up with other words to give praise to God, even if you don’t go through the entire alphabet. Give praise for God’s acts, for God’s character, for God’s righteousness and how God cares for the weak and downtrodden person. How does God give you joy? How does God keep you safe? How does God help you in your toughest moments? All these and more are reasons to give God praise, whether we can put them in alphabetical order or not.
Lord, let me meditate on your character and your goodness. Let me consider the greatness of your being. You love each person and creature of your creation, and you have a plan for my life that gives me purpose and joy. Help me today to live up to what you wish for me, and may I live, praising your name. In Christ I pray, Amen.