Different members of our church family write these reflections each week to go along with the two year reading plan the church is participating in. It is our hope that these reflections help you to get in to your Bible throughout the week and be challenged by the word of God.
Read Psalm 48 (Wednesday 10/11)
In the Easy to Read version (ERV), which I use for my kids at work, verses 4-5 say that enemies marched on the city but stopped because they were amazed by it. It’s no secret that I love the city- our city, Chicago, and the very idea of a city in itself. There are many passages that describe hopes and aspirations for the city, but this is one of my favorites. The first few verses of the Psalm describe how the city is a place of joy, and God is the center of that joy. And for enemies to see the goodness of a city and turn tail? That would be amazing! I am reminded of how God flooded the world in the story of Noah’s Ark, because He saw how wicked it was. This Psalm excites me because it is it shows another side of the narrative. How wonderful would it be for Chicago to become this place? A place where God’s goodness is so evident that no one would dare to come against it? That the devil might say, “Forget about Chicago, it’s impenetrable.” This is one of the Psalms that I read with hope for the future.
Read Psalm 51 (10.13 Friday)
This Psalm reminds me of the thought that I need God to help me love God correctly. I can do nothing that is God-honoring without God himself helping me do it! This is both a great thought and a scary one. On one hand, it sometimes leads me to question how “good” I am. Even when I try so hard to love and honor God, I can’t even get close to what he deserves! How that must disappoint him, I sometimes think. But this Psalm also gives me comfort because He knows this. He knows that we can’t do it. He knows we’re struggling. And He’s okay with it. I imagine Him as a patient dad that has to help his kid make his own father’s day gift. The children can’t do it by themselves, and though it’s supposed to be a gift for the father, he doesn’t mind lovingly helping them create it. In the end it isn’t about the gift at all. God is satisfied with the time we spend with Him along the way, the talks and the journeys He leads us on. Not any works that we can make with our hands or any declaration we can make with our mouths. He knows he’s going to have to help us operate the hot glue gun or spell something for us on his own card. He’ll still do it lovingly.
Reflections written by Lauren DeVries