Daily Devotion 11th September 2018

Psalm 33: 1-9

Rejoice in the Lord, O you righteous.
   Praise befits the upright.
Praise the Lord with the lyre;
   make melody to him with the harp of ten strings.
Sing to him a new song;
   play skilfully on the strings, with loud shouts.

For the word of the Lord is upright,
   and all his work is done in faithfulness.
He loves righteousness and justice;
   the earth is full of the steadfast love of the Lord.

By the word of the Lord the heavens were made,
   and all their host by the breath of his mouth.
He gathered the waters of the sea as in a bottle;
   he put the deeps in storehouses.

Let all the earth fear the Lord;
   let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of him.
For he spoke, and it came to be;
   he commanded, and it stood firm.

Reflection

“In the beginning” are the three words that start both Genesis and John’s Gospel.  Here the Psalmist is reflecting on this world that God created and on his own life.  He exhorts the readers to rejoice and praise God using voices and musical instruments.  We are reminded that all the work that God does is done in faithfulness.

Do we respect the faithfulness of God in the way we treat the world He created?

God made the host of the heavens by the breath of his mouth and we burn fossil fuels and pollute the atmosphere.

He gathers the waters of the sea as in a bottle and today we throw away millions of plastic bottles every year and some of these end up in the oceans where they help to destroy many of the sea creatures that God created.
While many people seem to live and care nothing about this earth there is a growing movement of Christians who are working to change attitudes and reduce the damage we do to God’s world.  Christians have a chance to lead the world by changing what we do as individuals, as churches, as a denomination and as Christians. Eco Church and Eco Congregation Scotland unite churches who want to stand against the destruction of God’s world by making small, or large, changes.  As we stand in awe of God and of all that is created we have to choose, do we continue to destroy it or do we make changes that start to change the world. The world stood firm when God spoke and yet is is being eroded by human action, we have to show our respect for God, for God’s creation and for all creatures by changing and lessening our impact on this fragile earth.

Prayer

Loving God
we are sad when we see
the damage to your world.  
We praise you for the majesty
and diversity of all that you created.  
We ask your forgiveness
for all the damage we have done.
We ask that you guide us
as we strive to do better
and that you help us when we fail
and show us what we can do
to change how we treat this world.
Amen

Today’s Writer

John Collings is a member and Lay Preacher at Rutherglen United Reformed Church in Glasgow.

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