Daily Reading and Prayer – Monday, July 27

Psalm 138
I will praise you, Lord, with all my heart;
before the “gods” I will sing your praise.
I will bow down toward your holy temple
and will praise your name
for your unfailing love and your faithfulness,
for you have so exalted your solemn decree
that it surpasses your fame.
When I called, you answered me;
you greatly emboldened me.
May all the kings of the earth praise you, Lord,
when they hear what you have decreed.
May they sing of the ways of the Lord,
for the glory of the Lord is great.
Though the Lord is exalted, he looks kindly on the lowly;
though lofty, he sees them from afar.
Though I walk in the midst of trouble,
you preserve my life.
You stretch out your hand against the anger of my foes;
with your right hand you save me.
The Lord will vindicate me;
your love, Lord, endures forever—
do not abandon the works of your hands.

The amazing thing about this psalm is the very last line – “Do not abandon the work of your hands.” Until that moment, we do not realise that this psalm of praise is actually a cry for help, as the Psalmist is feeling isolated, abandoned and alone. However, rather than be consumed with his own situation, he instead lifts his eyes to God, determined to sing God’s praise.

Dear God,
In the midst of our struggles,
May we find hope in you.
In the face of our problems,
May our solution be found in your divine plan.
In our loneliness,
May your presence comfort us.
When we feel abandoned,
May we remember than you are with us, beside us, within us,
That in your love you will never let us go.
Help us to praise you in all circumstances,
Giving thanks in Christ our Lord.