Monday, April 6, 2020

Great Is His Faithfulness

By: Joanne Viola

As the past week unfolded, emotions seemed to ebb and flow depending on the current day’s news. So much of it can be overwhelming.

It can be difficult to see the beauty in the days and as this pandemic wears on, the realization hits that we are going to grow weary. It will get harder to see the beauty. 

The thought of it all brought me to remember the Psalms of Ascent. God’s people were on a pilgrimage and stayed focused along the way. In the coming weeks, I would like to look at at these psalms, fifteen in total, found in Psalm 120 – 134. These psalms can teach us much about praising God for His goodness, even as we are on a pilgrimage. Today we will start with Psalm 120:

“I took my troubles to the Lord; I cried out to him, and he answered my prayer.”
(Psalm 120:1, NLT)

This was a distress call from the psalmist. We have seen how life can change in the blink of an eye and the psalmist also knew this to be true. He called out to the LORD – the covenant making and covenant keeping God. He is God, committed to His Word and to His covenant.

This was a cry of distress and a cry for deliverance.

In this time when our routines and schedules are far from normal, we need to call out to God. Our current discomfort may be the way God moves us in this journey to something, or someplace, new.

As God’s people went on this pilgrimage to Jerusalem, they praised God for His goodness. They did not wait until they arrived in Jerusalem to praise Him. They sang all along the way, remembering His faithfulness in the past.

In remembering the many times and ways the Lord had answered them, they found the confidence to pray again and with expectancy of an answer.

Remember the Lord’s faithfulness.
Find the confidence to pray again, and again,
for in His time, the answer will come.

Photo by Casey Horner on Unsplash 

1 comment:

  1. The psalms are so good to express the cries of our heart and bring our focus back to God.


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