Praise to the Lord
Lord, you are my God;
I will exalt you and praise your name,
for in perfect faithfulness
you have done wonderful things,
things planned long ago.
You have made the city a heap of rubble,
the fortified town a ruin,
the foreigners’ stronghold a city no more;
it will never be rebuilt.
Therefore strong peoples will honor you;
cities of ruthless nations will revere you.
You have been a refuge for the poor,
a refuge for the needy in their distress,
a shelter from the storm
and a shade from the heat.
For the breath of the ruthless
is like a storm driving against a wall
and like the heat of the desert.
You silence the uproar of foreigners;
as heat is reduced by the shadow of a cloud,
so the song of the ruthless is stilled.
On this mountain the Lord Almighty will prepare
a feast of rich food for all peoples,
a banquet of aged wine—
the best of meats and the finest of wines.
On this mountain he will destroy
the shroud that enfolds all peoples,
the sheet that covers all nations;
he will swallow up death forever.
The Sovereign Lord will wipe away the tears
from all faces;
he will remove his people’s disgrace
from all the earth.
The Lord has spoken.
In that day they will say,
“Surely this is our God;
we trusted in him, and he saved us.
This is the Lord, we trusted in him;
let us rejoice and be glad in his salvation.” (NRSV)
The old saying goes, “There is nothing new under the sun.” It is especially true when it comes to God. There is nothing God doesn’t know ahead of time. God’s will hasn’t changed. God’s plan for creation has not changed. There is nothing that surprises God.
And so we celebrate. God is good. God is good all the time. God’s goodness will prevail. We can rest assured that the enemies of God might look like they are getting the upper hand in the moment, but they will not overcome God’s goodness, mercy, patience or love. God’s compassion is sure. God will make it so there is nothing to cry about. That’s what God is gonna do…
So you know what I am gonna do? I am going to be happy. I am going to propose a toast. I am going to throw a party. I am going to cook up a feast. I am going to pull out all the stops.I am going to serve the best wines, the finest food. There will be rejoicing all around.
This Psalm isn’t in the lectionary this week. I just thought it was fitting for Thanksgiving Day. A psalm of celebration is good for a day when we remember we have a lot to celebrate.
So I don’t know about you, but we’ll have some good turkey, smoked and roasted to perfection. We’ll pull out some very nice Sauvignon Blanc, and some Brussels Sprouts, roasted crispy and some mashed potatoes and then we’ll have pie… And we’ll share it all with those we love, thanks be to God.
We have a lot to be thankful for, so we will feast well. I hope you do too.
Blessings to you,
Scripture quotations are from the New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright 1989, Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.