Our call to worship this week is Psalm 147:1-5.

Praise the Lord. How good it is to sing praises to our God, how pleasant and fitting to praise him! The Lord builds up Jerusalem; he gathers the exiles of Israel. He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds. He determines the number of the stars and calls them each by name. Great is our Lord and mighty in power; his understanding has no limit.

Psalms bring us together to offer God thanks and praise. This ancient hymn shares the joy of being in relationship with God and the care He gives us. It speaks of His wisdom and might, creating the universe and bringing us together.

We often seem to miss this aspect of worship, especially in difficult times. Regardless of the issues we face, we need to offer God praise for all He has done for us. It is important that we stay connected, especially if we are suffering or in distress.

God knows all that we go through and He hears and supports us when we call to Him. The psalm tells us “He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds” (v. 3). When times are tough, we need God’s presence more than ever!

Loving Lord, we are blessed to be in connection with You and able to ask for help when we need it. Keep our faith strong and may we share Your love with the world. Amen.

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