Our call to worship is Psalm 118:14-19.
The Lord is my strength and my defense; he has become my salvation. Shouts of joy and victory resound in the tents of the righteous: “The Lord’s right hand has done mighty things! The Lord’s right hand is lifted high; the Lord’s right hand has done mighty things!” I will not die but live, and will proclaim what the Lord has done. The Lord has chastened me severely, but he has not given me over to death. Open for me the gates of the righteous; I will enter and give thanks to the Lord.
The psalmist sings of God’s omnipotent strength, but also of the blessing of His mercy. We hear that the Lord is mighty and “has chastened me severely, but he has not given me over to death” (v. 18). God disciplines those He loves for correction, not punishment.
This psalm speaks of our salvation and our obligation as God’s people – “I will not die but live, and will proclaim what the Lord has done” (v. 17). God has offered us eternal life through Jesus Christ, and in turn we are to tell others about the relationship we have with Him. He wants all of His children to return to Him and we are called to be part of His plan.
Don’t let the evil of this world prevent your witness or distract you from your heavenly connection. God is with us even in the most difficult times. Let His love strengthen you to accomplish the task to which He calls you.
Heavenly Father, in our weakness we cry out to You. Help us to see past our current trials to the eternal promise You offer us all. Amen.