URC Daily Devotion 11th July 2021

Sunday 11th July

Psalm 50

The Mighty God, with power speaks,
and all the world obeys;
from dawn until the setting sun,
God’s wonder earth displays.
True beauty beams from Zion’s hill,
there God’s rule shines forth,
and stars across the firmament
so brightly beam their worth.

God comes not with a silent form,
but riding on the winds;
before God’s face, the raging storm
its blasts of thunder sends.
O God of mercy, in my life
love and peace restore;
my sin and guilt are washed away,
and I am whole once more.

The heav’ns declare your justice, Lord,
as endless as the sky;
against the taunts of disbelief,
our God will testify.
Receive my heartfelt gift of thanks,
God of love and might,
refresh my faith with each new day;
protect me through the night.

Words © 2009 Michael Morgan.
You can hear this sung to Kingsfold here


Today’s metrical paraphrase of Psalm 50 is an interesting mix of the idea of God’s power being recognised by all creation, a majestic view of how God speaks and the, perhaps smug, idea that God will answer taunts of disbelief.  

Believers are often concerned with those who don’t believe – sometimes we fear they may be destined to Hell (a primary motivation for evangelism across the Church in earlier ages), or we may wish the best for them and see religious faith as that best or we may just want God to prove them wrong!  Something of that last attitude is seen at the end of this version of the Psalm.  Of course our attitudes to God are always mixed up with our feelings about ourselves and others; the first two stanzas are, in my view, rather more positive; the idea in the first verse of Creation showing forth God’s glory is wonderful and speaks volumes in our more ecologically conscious age; the middle verse about God’s riding on the winds with raging storm speaks of God’s majesty and power.  

We live in a spiritual age where, in the West, many people are put off religion; it’s quite a quandry in that people seek spirituality but don’t dream of finding it in the Church.  Maybe we reflect the last stanza of this Psalm/hymn more than the first two?


Help us, O God,
to speak of your glory,
to show your love
and to enact your justice
that all people will see your glory
and find their fulfilment in you alone.


Today’s writer

The Rev’d Andy Braunston works with four churches in and around Glasgow


New Revised Standard Version Bible: Anglicized Edition, copyright © 1989, 1995 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.

Copyright © 2021 United Reformed Church, All rights reserved.
You are receiving this email because you have subscribed to the Daily Devotions from the United Reformed Church. You can unsubscribe by clicking on the link below.

Our mailing address is:

United Reformed Church

86 Tavistock Place

London, WC1H 9RT

United Kingdom

Add us to your address book