The Smiling Face of God

Have you ever heard some older people wishing that they were back in “the good old days?” Maybe your mom, your dad or a favorite aunt or uncle have talked about the way things were when they were a child and how life today is so much different…and maybe not better! Well, the writer of today’s psalm shares feelings like that. He recalls the early days of God’s friendship with His people when God was very active in protecting His people from enemies. However, at the time of the writing of the psalm, the writer is tempted to think that the God of the good old days is not coming to God’s people’s defense as much as God used to.

Still, the writer trusts. There is a prayer that repeats itself three times in the psalm in verses 3, 17 and 19. It is a beautiful prayer-verse that holds up the whole psalm like corks holding up a net. Hey! How about memorizing that verse and praying it at different times in the course of your day? It will help you find the face of God smiling at you, peeking at you with that loving look as you live out this day that God in God’s love is giving you.

Psalm 80

Here is a sample of a seven-syllable breath-prayer
from today’s reading:
Your face shining, I am saved. vv. 3,7,19
For more information about this creative way to pray, see Bible Breaths.

This is the twelfth of thirteen weeks in the season of Pentecost, Year B.
Wednesdays are dedicated the Psalms.

Calendar for 2018: “God’s Year of Grace”

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