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Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Full-throated and full-hearted, the psalmist cannot help but announce the faithful goodness of God. As we sing these words we, too, cannot help but exclaim and proclaim God's steadfast loving-kindness to us and to all peoples. God's word accomplishes that which it purposes after all (Isaiah 55:11). As we sing with the psalmist we become part of the song: "In the holy places we sing! Before the mighty we pray!" "God's arm is strong!" we declare before rulers, the rich, and the powerful. "God is mighty and cares for the lowly!" we say before all peoples. We cry aloud so as to make certain God, too, hears our proclamation even in the midst of trouble:"Your steadfast loving-kindness, O Lord, endures forever! You made us, O God. You have brought us here. Do not abandon the works of your hands."

Make good your purposes for us, O God. We trust in you. Amen.

Jennifer Obermueller, '99
Pastor, St. John's Lutheran Parish of Bendena & Lancaster, Kansas

Psalm 138 (NRSV)

1 I give you thanks, O Lord, with my whole heart; before the gods I sing your praise;
2 I bow down toward your holy temple and give thanks to your name for your steadfast love and your faithfulness; for you have exalted your name and your word above everything.
3 On the day I called, you answered me, you increased my strength of soul.
4 All the kings of the earth shall praise you, O Lord, for they have heard the words of your mouth.
5 They shall sing of the ways of the Lord, for great is the glory of the Lord.
6 For though the Lord is high, he regards the lowly; but the haughty he perceives from far away.
7 Though I walk in the midst of trouble, you preserve me against the wrath of my enemies; you stretch out your hand, and your right hand delivers me.
8 The Lord will fulfill his purpose for me; your steadfast love, O Lord, endures forever. Do not forsake the work of your hands.

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