Day 166

Today’s Reading – Psalms 134 and 146-150
Praise the LORD. How good it is to sing praises to our God, how pleasant and fitting to
praise Him! The LORD builds up Jerusalem; He gathers the exiles of Israel. Psalm 147:1-2 
Well that’s nice.  Another Psalm … God … praise … Jerusalem … Israel … What’s the point?
The words of the Psalmist often lose their meaning because they have no context.
no-one-to-cry-to-no-place-to-call-home
So consider that the writer of this Psalm is part of the people that have lived in exile as slaves for years.

They have returned to the land promised them by God.

They have been waiting for years to worship once again in the Temple.
The Temple is finally restored and complete and God once again has a home in their midst for them to worship.  It is then that the Psalmist declare:
Praise the LORD. How good it is to sing praises to our God,
how pleasant and fitting to praise Him!
The LORD builds up Jerusalem; He gathers the exiles of Israel.
For us today, it is good to remember that God is still in the business of gathering the lonely and the exiled.

So praise God and sing songs of praise to God.

Because … I once was lost, but now am found!

Tomorrow’s Reading – 1 Kings 9 and 2 Chronicles 8

Author:

I am a United Methodist Pastor and have the privilege of serving as the Senior Pastor for the church of my childhood. I preach in a place I once was an acolyte. I love to preach, but more importantly I love to teach. I firmly believe that Faith Matters and should affect how we live. This blog is a place where I come to share the randomness that is life and faith ... and the intersection of the two.

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