In God alone my soul finds rest,
for my deliverance comes from God,
who alone is my rock, my salvation,
I will never be shaken.
Only in God—my deliverance, my glory--
my refuge is God.
Trust in God always, my people;
pour out your hearts before God our refuge.
Humankind is but a breath,
mortals are just an illusion.
Put them on the scales and the balance
is thrown off:
they weigh less than a breath.
Do not trust in extortion,
or put false hopes in stolen goods;
do not set your heart on riches
even when they increase.
For God has said only one thing,
Twice have I heard it:
that power belongs to God:
Steadfast love is yours, ADONAI –
you repay all people according
to their deeds.
(Psalm 62: 5-12, Lukan Psalter translation)
Upon turning on my laptop this morning to prepare writing my Church Notes article for the week, the first thing my eyes fell on was this Psalm. Evidently, I hadn’t closed the order of worship document that I had been working on yesterday for January 24th’s worship. Sometimes forgetting to do something, like closing a document on the computer, may just be an opportunity for the Holy Spirit to do Her work in our lives; my soul today, troubled by the horrific events of yesterday at our nation’s Capital (added to everything else going on in our country, community, and SUMC family), was starved for the words of assurance, and those offered by the author of Psalm 62 gave me the soul-nourishment needed to sustain me throughout this day.
Even with the soul-nourishment of Psalm 62, I am finding it difficult today to write much beyond the power of the Spirit within such mundane human habits of neglecting to close documents when shutting down one’s laptop. Therefore I will close with one more section from the upcoming January 24th worship service:
Opening Collect Prayer
Leader: God of our devotion,
you are the one constant in life.
Open us this day to see the things that hold us in their grip
so that we might shed unnecessary distractions that keep us from seeing
your reign on earth as it is in heaven.
People: We praise you for being our rock,
holding our lives together in the ways that matter most.
May your soul find nourishment this week in this Psalm and Collect, so that you may keep your focus on God’s reign on earth—just as it is in heaven!