URC Daily Devotion Sunday 5th May 2024

Sunday 5th May 2024  Psalm 29 
O give the Lord, you children of God,
give the Lord glory and power;
give the Lord the glory of his name.
Adore the Lord in his holy court.

The Lord’s voice resounding on the waters,
the Lord on the immensity of waters;
the voice of the Lord, full of power,
the voice of the Lord, full of splendour.

The Lord’s voice shattering the cedars,
the Lord shatters the cedars of Lebanon;
he makes Lebanon leap like a calf
and Sirion like a young wild ox.

(The Lord’s voice flashes flames of fire.)

The Lord’s voice shaking the wilderness,
the Lord shakes the wilderness of Kadesh;
the Lord’s voice rending the oak tree
and stripping the forest bare.

The God of glory thunders.
In his temple they all cry: “Glory!”
The Lord sat enthroned over the flood;
the Lord sits as king for ever.

The Lord will give strength to his people,
the Lord will bless his people with peace.


I can’t really see people being comforted in their flooded homes to imagine ‘The Lord…enthroned over the flood’ that has destroyed everything in moments. Sometimes more than once in a year. But our God is Lord over all, including the floods resulting from our human (mis-)behaviour. Is it simply greed that leads developers to build homes on flood plains? Or laziness – flat ground and soft to dig up! Whatever, it’s all part of the building blocks of our current situation with rather a lot of people left to do the serious mopping up, if not suffer homelessness. On the international level, homelessness and displacement is likely to be on a grand scale.

But that’s not our problem. Our government is very determinedly shutting the door to prevent needy displaced people from finding safe refuge here. We’ll be all right, Jack.

Except… will we be all right with God whose glory in creation we have trashed? Whose basic rule for life – Love your neighbour – we have apparently turned our backs on?

But no matter, we can sing hymns in church this morning and go for prayer walks around our neighbourhood, because nobody hands out cups of water these days (Matthew 25:35). We all carry our own sustainable non-single-use plastic water bottles. As Jesus will surely understand when we meet Him face to face.

Help us see, Holy God, where we are falling short of Your glory in the way we live our lives. Inform us about the needs of our neighbours and show us what You want us to do, in practical terms, to alleviate their suffering and offer them Your love. Give Your people power and strength to live counter-culturally that Your name may be glorified. Amen


Today’s writer

Dorothy Courtis, member and lay preacher, Halesworth URC


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