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May 9

Psalm 30, 1-3

Something to read

I will extol you, O Lord, for you have drawn me up, and did not let my foes rejoice over me. O Lord my God, I cried to you for help, and you have healed me. O Lord, you brought up my soul from Sheol, restored me to life from among those gone down to the Pit.
New Revised Standard Version

Something to think about

Most of us can recall a time when we, or a loved one, were so ill that we wondered how it would end. David who wrote this Psalm obviously had such a moment as he writes of being healed [v.2], being drawn up [v.1, a verb usually used to describe pulling up a bucket from a well], and being brought up from Sheol [point of death] and restored to life [v.3].

I find such words both exciting and encouraging, as it speaks to us of the healing power of God and shows us that such a great Biblical character knew the low times that we also know; which means we are not alone in our struggles.

But note that in the original Hebrew text David declares that 'Yahweh' restored him, using the very personal and intimate name of God; a title that in fact reflects the very close relationship he did have with God, though at times it was a distressed relationship.

Several years ago, I was challenged when someone greeted me with, 'How are you and the Lord today?' That is a question that we all should ask ourselves at times, as we ought to be also walking with God in an intimate way.

Something to do

Write a sentence describing your God relationship at this very moment. Think on a specific time when you felt God's strengthening and renewing presence. Think of a hymn or a song that best describes that moment.

Something to pray

Lord we often lose sight of your presence in the midst of life's struggles.
Forgive us.
Teach us to be aware of your ever healing presence.
May we be open to you
So your power can change and renew us.

Today's contributor is The Rev Frazer Hawkes, a retired Methodist minister.


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