Daily D – Psalm 119:147-148
Psalm 119:147, 148 I rise before dawn and cry for help; I have put my hope in your word. My eyes stay open through the watches of the night, that I may meditate on your promises.
The sun comes up early here in the desert. As an early riser, this is not a problem. Most of the time. Last night, however, the battery on our granddaughter’s monitor started beeping before three o’clock. I got up to plug it in for a recharge.
Just before four o’clock, the dog started throwing up. That necessitated a trip to the yard where I had to accompany her due to the variety of predators in the area. Then her bed had to be cleaned up before she could jump back in it.
It took a long time to get back to sleep. About the time dreamland welcomed me, it was time to get up for good.
During those long, sleepless moments, all I could think about was all of the terrible things we saw and heard and read last week. Where is the hope?
This is not the first time things have been this dark. Those who read and remember history know this full well. Yet in living memory, many of us were able to live in homes where we didn’t have to lock our doors. Schools had classrooms that opened toward streets and common areas.
Once upon a time here in the Wild West there was unfettered gambling, alcohol, and gunplay. Many areas were essentially law-free. What happened? Christian people lived what they said they believed at home, at work, and in the community. The civilizing effects of Christianity produced the world that, while not perfect, was much safer. It had its problems. Every generation does.
It is time for us to live what we say we believe in every domain of life. This salt and light lifestyle disinfects, heals, and comforts. It protects, defends, and serves. Also, it does not equate politics with faith. It does not confuse political correctness with truth. It does what is right, just, fair, and compassionate for all people everywhere.
Herein lies hope.
Roman corruption gave way to Christendom. The Dark Ages gave way to the Renaissance and Reformation. The Wild West gave way to peaceful communities of mutual support. What is God’s next act? Let’s join him in building a better world, a world where his Kingdom comes in the hearts and minds of men, women, and children. Let’s join him in building a better world, a world where his will is done in every domain of community life.
I will join God in building a better world.
Our Father, our world is a hopeless mess. We need you. Empower us to live the kinds of lives that provide solutions honoring to you and blessing to others. Use us to bring light and life and hope and healing. Amen.
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Deuteronomy 8:12-18 When you eat and are full, and build beautiful houses to live in, and your herds and flocks grow large, and your silver and gold multiply, and everything else you have increases, be careful that your heart doesn’t become proud and you forget the Lord your God who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the place of slavery. He led you through the great and terrible wilderness with its poisonous snakes and scorpions, a thirsty land where there was no water. He brought water out of the flint rock for you. He fed you in the wilderness with manna, which your ancestors had not known, in order to humble and test you, so that in the end he might cause you to prosper. You may say to yourself, ‘My power and my own ability have gained this wealth for me,’ but remember that the Lord your God gives you the power to gain wealth, in order to confirm his covenant he swore to your ancestors, as it is today.
Deuteronomy 6:4-9 “Listen, Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength. These words that I am giving you today are to be in your heart. Repeat them to your children. Talk about them when you sit in your house and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Bind them as a sign on your hand and let them be a symbol on your forehead. Write them on the doorposts of your house and on your city gates.“
Deuteronomy 1:2, 3 It is an eleven-day journey from Horeb to Kadesh-barnea by way of Mount Seir. In the fortieth year, in the eleventh month, on the first of the month, Moses told the Israelites everything the Lord had commanded him to say to them.