My thoughts (Vivian Wyatt):
Prayer is not always easy. Sometimes we just don’t know what to say. The few words we get out seem to reach to the ceiling and no further. At these times it is good to enumerate all the many wonderful things that God has done for us. It reminds us of the goodness of God. It reminds us of God’s majesty. It gives us reason to praise, to give thanks, to pray. And if we remembered how God has moved in our lives, we may be inclined to think God will move again. It can give us hope.
In Exodus 15 after God had successfully helped the Hebrews cross the Sea of Reeds, Moses led them in a song of celebration. This song recounted the deeds of God during the Exodus from Egypt and culminated with “the horse and the rider God has thrown into the sea.” After a fearful time of being chased by Pharaoh and his army, it felt appropriate to recount God’s deeds and then give praise.
Several of the psalms tell the story of the Hebrews’ journey from Egypt to the Promised Land. Even Paul, in his Letter to the Hebrews, told the story of Abraham, Melchizedek, the priests of the Israelites, and finished with Jesus as our High Priest. There is something about recalling what happened before and following the journey.
In our passage today, the psalmist tells of God’s creativity. He speaks of God setting the earth on its foundation and describes God populating the earth with birds and other animals. The poet goes on to tell how God causes grass to grow and springs to erupt in order to feed and water the animals and the earth. He ends with words of praise.
The next time you pray make a list of the things God has done for you. Some people keep a gratitude journal for this purpose. It’s comforting to look back and to see God’s hand moving in your life. It can increase your faith.
Prayer for the day: God, I never want to forget what you’ve done for me. Amen
We encourage you to include a time of prayer with this reading. If you need a place to get started, consider the suggestions on the How to Pray page.