The past year was an excellent year for continuing education in my congregation. During Lent, in anticipation of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, we studied some of Luther’s key doctrines. Following the church service during the Sundays of Advent, we turned our attention to the psalms. Our lay leader, well versed in biblical and early church history, inspired us to look at both our biblical and Lutheran heritages with fresh eyes.
There is something for everyone in the 150 psalms that are included in the book of Psalms. For the low points in our lives, we can turn to the psalms of lament, loss and suffering. They describe our miseries more eloquently than we ever could.
When we are convinced that friends and foes are conspiring against us, it is time to thumb through the psalms of refuge and perseverance. They remind us that we are never alone and that God is on our side.
Finally, there are psalms that provide us with templates for praise and adoration. These are the psalms of joy and thanksgiving. Psalm 105, today’s reading, falls into that category. It recalls how God has been there for God’s people in the past and will continue to be with us in the future.
How marvelous is your Word, O God. Amen. — CKA