In the presence of your people I will praise your name for alone you are holy, enthroned on the praises of Israel. Let us celebrate your goodness and your steadfast love; may your name be exalted here on earth and in heaven above.
2 All who love you sing your praises and proclaim your power, for alone you are holy, enthroned on the praises of Israel. You have not ignored our suffering but have heard our cry; may your power be exalted here on earth and in heaven above.
3 All who seek your rule will praise you and be satisfied; for alone you are holy, enthroned on the praises of Israel. All the peoples of the nations will bow down to you; may your rule be exalted here on earth and in heaven above.
Today’s words come from a song which is based on Psalm 22. This Psalms is about a person who is crying out to God to save him from the taunts and torments of his enemies and then thanking God for rescuing him.
At the time of writing today’s devotion, we were still in Lockdown and so by the time you are reading this, who knows what position we will be in? However, looking back during the worst parts of Lockdown it was very hard to hear the words of praise and adoration that is repeated in this Psalm. Praising God can be difficult to do when as we turn on our TVs, go on social media and see all the doom and gloom. It is hard to remember all of the good things God has done especially during Lockdown.
After going through a struggle either nationally or personally it is good to reflect and see what God has done. As Youth Assembly Moderator looking back over the struggle of lockdown, it has been great to see small ‘pop up’ churches come into form from ones directly organised by some members of URC Youth and other ‘older’ members of the URC. Scrolling through my Facebook feed on a Sunday morning has never been so full of churches advertising their church. This is such a great reason to praise God.
I really hope that you have found some positives from Lockdown no matter how small and remember, as Psalm 22 says “I will praise your name for alone you are holy”. God doesn’t leave us in a time of struggle, He hears our cry and is the one that carries us through.
Prayer Lord, In times of hardship and trials, reveal to our hearts the victories you have won for us. In the presence of your people may we praise you God is great. God is good. Amen