Grace, peace and mercy be multiplied to you from God our Father, and the Lord and Savior, Jesus the Christ. Amen.
This is a beautiful psalm, isn’t it? And more than that, I love the title –
Praise for God’s Help
The past few days, we have seen a lot of people offering help to others. It is wonderful to see. I am overwhelmed by the outpouring from everyone who has offered to help with something, anything. Some of those offers are coming from parents who want to find a way to use up their kids’ pent up energy in helpful ways! We all want to help.
It is easier to give than it is to receive. We have heard it, haven’t we?
But sometimes we need to be open to receive.
One Sunday, a parishioner came out and complemented me on my sermon. I started to go into a lengthy explanation of how I came up with what I had shared. Maybe I thought she wanted to hear more (at least that was my hope!). In a kind and gentle manner, she cut me off, and said, “Pastor, the correct response is simply to say ‘Thank You.’”
Sometimes we need to be open to receive the gift. For I have seen, time and time again in ministry, that the gift of receiving is a blessing to the one who is giving.
And so it is with God. As Luther would say, God desires that we thank and praise, serve and obey Him.
Thank you God!
Psalm 121 is a song of ascents. The song was used as people ascended the path to the Temple in Jerusalem. The pilgrims would sing the question and those at the Temple respond.
Hear again the psalm:
I lift up my eyes to the hills—
from where will my help come?
My help comes from the Lord,
who made heaven and earth.
– Psalm 121:1-2
God is the giver of all that is good. God offers.
Our receiving is one way we give thanks and praise to God.
Let us join in praise for God’s help.
Let us pray:
Thank you, God. Thank you for today. Thank you for the hope for tomorrow. Thank you for…. (fill in whatever you wish)… In Jesus name we pray. Amen.