The Psalm today is in praise of God for his care of Jerusalem. The language is very much of the time. It gives thanks for protection and food. It praises God for stomping out the wicked and the enemies. I can't help but think that we would not be comfortable with that kind of language today.
But what language should we use for thanks and praise, specially in the first world where all our needs are taken care of? Perhaps we should start by not taking the fact that our needs are taken care of for granted.
Thank you Lord for giving us the means to take care of your basic needs. Thank you Lord for allowing us the luxury of not having to worry about them. We praise you Lord for the many bounties you provide.Of course, in the context of the Gospel Jesus told us to love our enemies and pray for them. So praying for the demise of our enemies would be wrong.
We thank you Lord for giving us better means of communication, such that we can (if we so choose) get a better understanding of our enemies. We praise you that despite those that would promote fear and panic, we are in fact relatively safe.Or perhaps I'm taking too many liberties with the interpretation...
Questions for reflection:
- What are you thankful for today about the way God sustains creation and human life? What about the way God sustains your life and those you love?
- We have the means to take care of our basic needs.
- God has given us the intelligence to take care of the world. If only we used that intelligence...
- After a week of thankfulness prayers, spend some time reflecting on the role you would like thankfulness to play in your life.
- I would like thankfulness to be a constant in my life, rather than a once in while thing...