Great Plains Daily Devotional for 8/15/2023: Psalm 28

Today please be in prayer for

Wichita Heart of Christ
Wichita East District
Wichita East Heights UMC
Wichita East District
Wichita Saint Mark UMC
Wichita East District
Wichita Saint Mark UMC
Wichita East District

Today's Lectionary Text

Psalm 28

To you, O Lord, I call;
    my rock, do not refuse to hear me,
for if you are silent to me,
    I shall be like those who go down to the Pit.
Hear the voice of my supplication,
    as I cry to you for help,
as I lift up my hands
    toward your most holy sanctuary.

Do not drag me away with the wicked,
    with those who are workers of evil,
who speak peace with their neighbors
    while mischief is in their hearts.
Repay them according to their work
    and according to the evil of their deeds;
repay them according to the work of their hands;
    render them their due reward.
Because they do not regard the works of the Lord
    or the work of his hands,
he will break them down and build them up no more.

Blessed be the Lord,
    for he has heard the sound of my pleadings.
The Lord is my strength and my shield;
    in him my heart trusts;
so I am helped, and my heart exults,
    and with my song I give thanks to him.

The Lord is the strength of his people;
    he is the saving refuge of his anointed.
O save your people and bless your heritage;
    be their shepherd and carry them forever.

Today's Devotional

Today is the first day of school for families across our school district, and excitement and anticipation can be felt. Backpacks are filled, lunches are packed, and students of all ages are ready to embark on a new educational journey. It’s a day filled with potential, a starting point for growth and discovery.

Psalm 28 is a cry for help and a song of praise, a powerful combination that can resonate with many of us as we begin the school year. David calls out to the Lord in this Psalm, asking for guidance, strength, and protection. He pleads, “Listen to my request for mercy when I cry out to you” (Psalm 28:2). Whether we’re stepping into a new classroom, facing an unfamiliar subject, or navigating new friendships, these words can echo our feelings of uncertainty and hope.

But Psalm 28 is not just about seeking help; it also recognizes God's unwavering support. David declares, “The LORD is my strength and my shield. My heart trusts him. I was helped, my heart rejoiced, and I thank him with my song.” (Psalm 28:7). This acknowledgment serves as a comforting reminder for students, parents, and teachers alike. No matter the school year’' challenges, we are not alone. God is our strength and shield, guiding and protecting us through every twist and turn.

As the school year unfolds, remember to lean on God, just as David did. Embrace learning with open hearts, knowing that God’s love surrounds you. Experiment with approaching each day with curiosity, kindness, and faith, trusting that God is with us in every lesson, every friendship, and every moment of growth.

And so, as we watch our children step onto the bus or walk through the school doors, we can carry the words of Psalm 28 with us, finding strength and peace in God’s unwavering presence.

-- Rev. Andrew Conard
Topeka Susanna Wesley UMC

Prayer for Reflection

Dear God, as we begin this school year, guide our steps, strengthen our minds, and fill our hearts with love and compassion. Thank you for being our strength and shield, now and always. Amen.


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