The Day Is Yours

Key Text:  Psalm 74:12-17

 But God is my King from long ago;

    He brings salvation on the earth.

 It was you who split open the sea by your power;

    You broke the heads of the monster in the waters.

 It was you who crushed the heads of Leviathan

    and gave it as food to the creatures of the desert.

 It was you who opened up springs and streams;

    You dried up the ever-flowing rivers.

 The day is yours, and yours also the night;

    you established the sun and moon.

 It was you who set all the boundaries of the earth;

    you made both summer and winter.

 

It’s a Psalm that begins on a sad, mournful note:

O God, why have you rejected us forever?

    Why does your anger smolder against the sheep of your pasture?

 

Sometimes we can’t help but feel that way.

Maybe we have

  • Suffered a terrible loss
  • Wandered away from God and can’t seem to find our way back
  • Disappointed someone we love
  • Been disappointed by someone we love
  • Become confused about our faith
  • Received some terrible news that just doesn’t make sense
  • Or a thousand other things that can burden us beyond words

Life, at times, is terribly hard.

And yet, the Psalmist who cried out “O God, why have you rejected us forever?” also wrote these words a few moments later:

But God is my King from long ago;

    he brings salvation on the earth.

 

Somehow, the Psalmist’s faith survives – and goes on.

There are times when day seems like night.  But when we can remember in faith that the day and the night belong to God – there is hope.

Life may not always seem to make sense.

That does not change the rock solid fact, however, that God will one day make it all perfectly clear.

O Lord…

The day is yours, and yours also the night;

    you established the sun and moon.

 It was you who set all the boundaries of the earth;

    you made both summer and winter.

Help me to trust in that, always.

AMEN.

By Paul Simrell

The Reverend Paul W. Simrell has served for over thirty years in a variety of congregational and institutional settings. He is a recognized minister with standing in the Virginia region of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the United States and Canada and is nationally endorsed by the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) for specialized ministry in both pastoral counseling and chaplaincy. Ordained in 1982, he has served congregations in Kentucky, Texas, Florida, and Virginia. He currently serves as the pastor of Elpis Christian Church, a small, historic congregation located just a few miles west of Richmond, Virginia. “Elpis” is the Greek word for “expectant hope.” He is a graduate of the University of Florida and Lexington Theological Seminary and has done advanced clinical training in chaplaincy and pastoral counseling at the University of Kentucky Medical Center in Lexington, Kentucky, Children’s Medical Center and Parkland Hospital in Dallas, Texas and the Virginia Institute of Pastoral Care in Richmond, Virginia. He is a Certified Pastoral Counselor, an ACPE Practitioner, a member of the American Association of Christian Counselors, and a member of Spiritual Directors International. He is a Certified Facilitator of the Prepare-Enrich relationship assessment and skills-building program and served as a volunteer chaplain for over twenty years with the CJW Medical Center campuses in Richmond, Virginia. His avocational interests include playing the piano and drawing. He is very happily married to his wife Elizabeth Yeamans Simrell, a free-lance writer, who is also a Certified Facilitator for the Prepare-Enrich program. Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter. — Izaak Walton

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