Tim’s Daily Bread Devotional 1.27.21

By January 27, 2021Daily Bread

Good morning! I hope this day finds you and your family well, and I want you to know that you are in my prayers daily during this difficult time.

I invite you to take a few moments with me to reflect on today’s Upper Room Devotional below — as well as on the theology woven into “It is well with my soul.”

Today’s Scripture:

Psalm 36:5-9 New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

Your steadfast love, O Lord, extends to the heavens,
your faithfulness to the clouds.
Your righteousness is like the mighty mountains,
your judgments are like the great deep;
you save humans and animals alike, O Lord.

How precious is your steadfast love, O God!
All people may take refuge in the shadow of your wings.
They feast on the abundance of your house,
and you give them drink from the river of your delights.
For with you is the fountain of life;
in your light we see light.

Tim’s Devotional Reflection for Today

How do you describe God’s nature?  Down through the ages, people have used expanded language—poetry, metaphor, and simile.  The book of Psalms in the Hebrew scriptures is really a hymnal—a collection of poems to be sung.  There are even directions for the song leaders and musicians in many of the psalms.

Psalm 36 is a song of praise, describing God’s steadfast love, faithfulness, righteousness, judgments, and abundant provision for humans and animals alike.  This hymn of praise reminds me of another one written nearly 800 years ago by St. Francis of Assissi:

 

  1. All creatures of our God and King,
    Lift up your voice and with us sing,
    O praise ye! Alleluia!
    O brother sun with golden beam,
    O sister moon with silver gleam!

Refrain:
O praise ye! O praise ye!
Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!

  1. O brother wind, air, clouds, and rain,
    By which all creatures ye sustain,
    O praise ye! Alleluia!
    Thou rising morn, in praise rejoice,
    Ye lights of evening, find a voice!
  2. O sister water, flowing clear,
    Make music for thy Lord to hear,
    Alleluia!  Alleluia!
    O brother fire who lights the night,
    Providing warmth, enhancing sight.
  3. Dear mother earth, who day by day,
    Unfoldest blessings on our way,
    Alleluia!  Alleluia!
    The flowers and fruits that in thee grow,
    Let them God’s glory also show!
  4. All ye who are of tender heart,
    Forgiving others, take your part,
    O praise ye! Alleluia!
    Ye who long pain and sorrow bear,
    Praise God and on Him cast your care!

Thank you for sharing this early moment of your day with me, with God, and with the words and music that I hope you will carry with you throughout the coming day and night.

I am so grateful for you, for our church, and for the Love that will see us all through this very difficult time. Please stay safe and well and we’ll be together again in spirit tomorrow morning!

Grace and Peace,


Dr. Tim Bruster
Senior Pastor

Here’s more about this passage of scripture via Upper Room devotionals:

PROMISES IN UNCERTAINTY

Even in my uncertainty, God is faithful.

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