Greetings all, here is your e-votional for the week…
Praise the Lord!
I will give thanks to the Lord with my whole heart,
in the company of the upright, in the congregation.
Great are the works of the Lord,
studied by all who delight in them.
Full of honor and majesty is his work,
and his righteousness endures for ever.
He has gained renown by his wonderful deeds;
the Lord is gracious and merciful.
He provides food for those who fear him;
he is ever mindful of his covenant.
He has shown his people the power of his works,
in giving them the heritage of the nations.
The works of his hands are faithful and just;
all his precepts are trustworthy.
They are established for ever and ever,
to be performed with faithfulness and uprightness.
He sent redemption to his people;
he has commanded his covenant for ever.
Holy and awesome is his name.
The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom;
all those who practice it have a good understanding.
His praise endures for ever.-Psalm 111
Sometimes I read things backward in Scripture.   Psalm 111 is a psalm of praise.   It tells of God’s goodness, steadfast love, power, and wisdom.   It tells us that God is gracious and merciful.  It is an all-around wonderful testimony to the greatness of God.  But in my mind, it is not here to tell us what we already know, instead, it is here to remind us of what we often forget.  That’s what I mean by reading it backwards; this Psalm speaks to us not when our faith is at an apex, but when it is in the valley.

One of the primary concerns of Psalm 111 is time.  Notice: “his righteousness endures forever…they are established for ever and ever…he has commanded his covenant for ever…His praise endures for ever.”  That is a lot of timelessness in a short song.  Time is one of the biggest things separating you and me from the mind of God.  God exists outside of time, while our lives are dictated by it.  Clocks tick, alarms buzz, units are parsed up for efficiency, and we are told that “like sands through the hourglass, so are the days of our lives {my grandmother loved that show}.”  Time rules all things.  But not God.

This Psalm reminds us once more of this vital distinction between our existence and God’s.  It teaches us that God, and God’s ideas about how things should be, are timeless.  This should be a comfort for us but often it is something that eludes us.  Because we become so accustomed to change, to the effects of time, we fail to see the timeless majesty of God.

As we remember this truth about God, we remember that we are part of something far greater than we usually imagine.  Time is not the greatest force in our lives, that title belongs to God, who exists outside of time.  Who is, in fact, timeless.  Understanding this shapes our understanding not only of who God is, but who we are.  Clocks tick, alarms buzz, we make our daily lists, but those things do not speak to our purpose.  No, our purpose, to serve, love and follow God, is as timeless as our creator Himself.

Prayer:  Holy God, shape us this day.  Remind us of your eternal presence and power in this world, and help us to follow you with our whole hearts, minds, souls, and strength.  We pray in Jesus’ name.  Amen.