Saturday August 28, 2021

Today’s Reading: Psalm 116

Because He has turned His ear to me, I will call out to Him as long as I live.

Psalm 116:2

Reflection: A young infant knows not where it is or what it needs. It can barely behold the world that surrounds it. Its survival is dependent upon the care that it receives. We are likened to newborn babies in the eyes of our LORD. We are in constant need of Him. We are inadequate to meet own needs, helpless against danger, and unaware of much around us. Most times, we do not even know what it is we need, but only that we are lacking in what we need to survive. In hearing our cries of distress to Him, God answers and provides. He comes to our aid with compassion and concern. In our helplessness, He provides rescue. In our trouble and sorrow, He draws near to comfort and console us. The LORD not only draws near, but stays near in order that we might rest in the fullness of His peace, even in the darkest of nights.

The extent of God’s deliverance is a humbling thought to reflect upon in light of how we must seem in His sight. As a nurturing parent, the LORD is adamant to ensure our well-being and is mindful of our helplessness before Him. He knows that we are but dust, and that, in His eyes, the span of our lives on earth are but a moment. The extent of God’s deliverance is a humbling thought to reflect upon in light of Who He is. A wondrous God, a mighty God, a sovereign God upon His Holy Throne does not hesitate to draw near to help us, His people. The LORD’s compassion and grace far outweighs all that might endanger us. He is indeed good.

Prayer: Almighty God, thank You for Your compassion upon us Your people. Thank You for Your continued care over us. Though You are eternal and see that we are dust, You are quick to shower upon us Your mercy and grace. You are swift to deliver us in times of distress. You are good to nourish us by Your truth. Please, LORD, teach us to trust in You. Help us to remain dependent upon Your perfect care. We love You, LORD, and lift up this prayer to You in Jesus’ Name, AMEN.

Bible-in-a-Year Reading Plan (credit: Bible, 1 Thessalonians 5; Isaiah 23-24; Psalm 116