Daily Encouragement - November 6

Psalm 70

Hurry, God, to deliver me;

    hurry, Lord, to help me!

Let those who seek my life be ashamed and humiliated!

    Let them fall back and be disgraced—

        those people who delight in my downfall!


Let those who say, “Aha! Aha!”

    stop because of their shameful behavior.

But let all who seek you rejoice and be glad in you,

    and let those who love your saving help say again and again:

        “God is great!”


But me? I’m poor and needy.

    Hurry to me, God!

You are my helper and my deliverer.

    Oh, Lord, don’t delay!


The distractions of the world sure seem to find a way of navigating right smack dab in the middle of our lives. Simply try to have a catch up conversation with an old friend or acquaintance and it may be surprising that the tone or even the culture of the conversation might have changed. Many seem like their guard is up. Others seem like they are ready to pounce. While others yet are waiting in the wings for this craziness of these days to cease and resemble something close to normalcy once again. In the face of the pandemic, coupled with a heated political season, on top of life’s issues we were facing before any of this began, it’s understandable that we just want to find some semblance peace again!


Who are we? What are we becoming? I think as a church, we are trying to answer that call. We are a people here to serve our communities needs, near and far. We are hearts that have been opened because we’ve begun to understand Christ’s incredible love for us. We have seen and in many cases experienced miracles. We are different parts of an amazing creation. We are rooted in God and intertwined around, through, over and under one another. And sure….roots bump and rub up against each other every now and again, but as we grow, seeking to grow the tree and not our own individual roots, we began to experience the blessedness and revitalization that occurs when God’s people put Gods way first always. May it be so in us.


Our Roots Are In You


Come quickly to help us; we look to you

Have mercy upon us

Come quickly to help us, Faithful and True

We trust in your love


O Holy One, hear our prayer 

Receive our prayer.

Amen

(Listen to this prayer of Psalm 70 at this link)


This prayer echoes the theme of the 70th Psalm in a prayer for the body of believers. It is a plea for God to be present and clear in a time of peril and confusion. As you click the link to the song and listen to this melody repeat, I invite you to position in a posture of prayer and ask to feel God’s Spirit stirring in your soul.


The music arrangement is by a favorite theologian of mine and self-pronounced ‘Psalmist in the field’, Richard Bruxvoort Colligan

Centenary United Methodist Church

309 New Street, New Bern, NC, 28560 

P.O. Box 1388, New Bern, NC 28563

Phone: 252.637.4181

Fax: 252.637.5602

Email: centenaryumc@centenarychurch.com

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