MAY 16

Read | Psalm 75

We praise you, God,

    we praise you, for your Name is near;

    people tell of your wonderful deeds.

You say, “I choose the appointed time;

    it is I who judge with equity.

When the earth and all its people quake,

    it is I who hold its pillars firm.

To the arrogant I say, ‘Boast no more,’

    and to the wicked, ‘Do not lift up your horns.

Do not lift your horns against heaven;

    do not speak so defiantly.’”

No one from the east or the west

    or from the desert can exalt themselves.

It is God who judges:

    He brings one down, he exalts another.

In the hand of the Lord is a cup

    full of foaming wine mixed with spices;

he pours it out, and all the wicked of the earth

    drink it down to its very dregs.

As for me, I will declare this forever;

    I will sing praise to the God of Jacob,

who says, “I will cut off the horns of all the wicked,

    but the horns of the righteous will be lifted up.”

Respond | Tom Dearduff

It is always good to remember that it is our loving God who holds the earth’s pillars firm when our world quakes, even now. As we look back on things we no longer have, like the comfort and solidarity of being in-person with one another, our God reigns and loves powerfully, even now. So, let us choose to be bold with our praise by proclaiming the nearness of God’s Name, even now; let us take heart, for ours is a God of equity, mercy, and hope. Even now, let us have faith in a God who offers us grace, especially when we need it most. Holy Spirit, come.

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