David City St Luke's UMC
Prairie Rivers District
Today's Lectionary Text
To the leader. Of David. A Psalm.
I waited patiently for the Lord;
Happy are those who make
Sacrifice and offering you do not desire,
I have told the glad news of deliverance
Do not, O Lord, withhold
At the beginning of a new year, I find myself taken time to think about where I am in my life in all facets. One thing I’ve always been keenly aware of is that I’m not patient enough. I like to see results immediately and want to move onto the next thing on my list. This is especially true when I look at goals for the previous year and see where I am. Almost always, my hope is to be a lot further down the road than I am.
When I read the Psalmist’s words from Psalm 41, I’m reminded that almost every time God has done amazing things in my life, it has happened gradually and over the long haul. This true of my personal life and my ministry. God’s time has no relation to human time. God will use us and guide us through the plan set before us, but we will feel like nothing is happening. That is, until we look back and realize how much amazing work God has done around us, and in spite of us.
The Psalmist declares, “He drew me up from the desolate pit, out of the miry bog, and set my feet upon a rock, making my steps secure. He put a new song in my mouth, a song of praise to our God. Many will see and fear, and put their trust in the Lord.” God hears our cries, but we must wait patiently for God’s response. I need to keep my eyes, ears, and heart open to all the ways God may respond, and not just turned to my own vision of how it should be done. Looking back reminds that the greatest moments with God have been unexpected and totally not in the same realm as my ideas. I need to look back a little more in my life to be more open in the present. If I can find myself waiting patiently for the Lord, then I will be more likely to be singing a new song and sharing the blessings of God each and every day.
--Rev. Zach Anderson
Prayer for Reflection
Gracious and Loving God, give me the patience to wait on your time, to sing your praises, and live a life full of delight in your love and mercy. Amen.
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