Psalm 146:1 Praise the Lord. Praise the Lord, my soul. 2 I will praise the Lord all my life; I will sing praise to my God as long as I live.
3 Do not put your trust in princes, in human beings, who cannot save.
4 When their spirit departs, they return to the ground; on that very day their plans come to nothing.
5 Blessed are those whose help is the God of Jacob, whose hope is in the Lord their God.
6 He is the Maker of heaven and earth, the sea, and everything in them— he remains faithful forever.
7 He upholds the cause of the oppressed and gives food to the hungry.
The Lord sets prisoners free,
8 the Lord gives sight to the blind, the Lord lifts up those who are bowed down,
the Lord loves the righteous.
9 The Lord watches over the foreigner and sustains the fatherless and the widow, but he frustrates the ways of the wicked.
10 The Lord reigns forever, your God, O Zion, for all generations.
Praise the Lord.
November is a month for thanksgiving.
We can thank God that he is in control of all the political powers of world. God is always working out his purposes. While we may be tempted to put our trust in our government and military powers, ultimately we trust that God is sovereign over all things.
We can thank God for how he upholds the cause of the oppressed, feeds the hungry and sets the prisoners free. And we can thank him that he involves us, when we feed our neighbors at Casco UM food distribution and Kibbie’s Thanksgiving food ministry, and provide gifts for children during the Christmas season. What a great joy it is to be used by God to be his hands and his feet in a broken world.
We can thank God for how he watches over the foreigners and sustains the fatherless and widow. He does this through adoption agencies and foster care agencies. We thank God for all the adopted children in our congregation! And we thank God for the opportunities to care for our dear elderly members with our cards, visits and prayers.
Indeed, our God reigns! May you ponder what that means and all aspects of life and give God praise and thanks giving!