For the word of the Lord is right and true;
he is faithful in all he does.
The Lord loves righteousness and justice;
the earth is full of his unfailing love. – Psalm 33:4-5
In my Sunday morning class we are currently reading through some key Psalms. I titled the series “Songs for the Road Forward” because I wanted these texts – featuring praise, anguish, doubt, hope, anger, patience, impatience, promise, love, mercy, and so much more – to be a spiritual reference point in this uncertain summer in an uncertain time.
This week’s Psalm, 33, was subtitled Hope in God’s Unfailing Love. The conversation – maybe because we had class after worship – dovetailed nicely with Rebekah’s message – “Does anybody know what time it is?” – on Ecclesiastes 3.
If you want to listen to Rebekah’s message (an exceptionally good one), then check on this link – Rebekah’s Sermon – and scroll to around the 27:30 mark.
If you’d like to hear “Turn, Turn, Turn” sung with me and the band, then it’s a few minutes after the sermon.
For now, here is the prayer from my class, and some stills from the video. May these words encourage you and set your eyes on Jesus for today:
Prayer for Today: Dear Lord, great God of Creation, source of all our hope, and faithful guide along the way – we are trying so hard to navigate this path, and we confess that we do not pay enough attention to your voice. We stumble in the dark, we lose our direction, and still we neglect to hold fast to your word as a light for the road ahead. Sometimes we’re not sure we even believe there is a way forward. And still you wait, patiently, ready to take us by the hand if only we take the time, and the intention, to move into your presence and trust you more. We need to follow you more closely, Jesus, we understand that. So please encourage us in our pilgrimage this morning, and equip us with the truth we must engage and the humility we must practice. In all this, we are grateful. Amen.
Peace – DEREK
That’s Hans singing lead, Steve on bass, Brett playing the drums…
Derek has published seven books in the past decade (you can find them at https://www.amazon.com/Derek-Maul/e/B001JS9WC4), and there’s always something new in the works.
Before becoming a full-time writer, Derek taught public school in Florida for eighteen years, including cutting-edge work with autistic children. He holds bachelor’s degrees in psychology and education from Stetson University and the University of West Florida.
Derek is active in teaching at his church: adult Sunday school, and a men’s Bible study/spiritual formation group. He enjoys the outdoors, traveling, photography, reading, cooking, playing guitar, and golf.