Great Plains Daily Devotional for 5/16/2021

Today please be in prayer for

Dorcia Johnson
Baxter Springs: First UMC
Galena UMC
Opolis UMC
Parsons District
Neal Anderson
Bethlehem UMC
Neutral UMC
Parsons District
Bob Banks
Altoona UMC
Buffalo UMC
High Prairie UMC
Parsons District
Stan Basler
Caney UMC
Parsons District

Today's Lectionary Text

Psalm 100 

A Psalm of thanksgiving.

Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth.
    Worship the Lord with gladness;
    come into his presence with singing.

Know that the Lord is God.
    It is he that made us, and we are his;
    we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.

Enter his gates with thanksgiving,
    and his courts with praise.
    Give thanks to him, bless his name.

For the Lord is good;
    his steadfast love endures forever,
    and his faithfulness to all generations.

Today's Devotional

Psalm 100 is one of my favorite psalms. Almost every verse has resonated with me at various times of my life, reminding me that God is God and so I can trust the ever-present love and faithfulness of God.

The opening verses are a reminder to me that we are called on to be loud for God. We’re directed to make a “joyful noise” and “come into his presence with singing.” A joyful noise – noise means it is heard by someone, since a noise is a sound that is loud or causes a disturbance. Make a joyful racket, a joyful uproar, a joyful clamor. Wow! That’s not being quiet, is it?

Think about the toddler throwing a tantrum in a public place such as a grocery store, the park, or (heaven forbid) church! That happened to me several times while our sons were growing up. I was sure EVERYONE heard my son and wondered what the noise was about. Tantrums catch everyone’s attention.

I have to ask myself, “have I ever made enough noise about God so that others have wondered what the noise was about and come to investigate?” Certainly not outside of a worship experience, concert or youth gathering. But that might be okay, otherwise I might be categorized as one of those crazy religious people who is dismissed quickly and easily. The deeper question and challenge is whether I have spoken about God to anyone else at all.  Maybe I do need to make some noise (but quietly).

-Rev. Nancy Lambert
Assistant to Bishop and Director of Clergy Excellence

*Devotion originally published 5/15/2019

Prayer for Reflection

Find a place by yourself, where you won’t be heard – your car, your home or church when no one is around and make some noise for God!  Shout out…..
God, I love you and thank you for loving me even when I forget to take time to let you know.  Amen.


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