Our scripture this morning is Psalm 31:22-24.

In panic I cried out, ā€œI am cut off from the Lord!ā€ But you heard my cry for mercy and answered my call for help. Love the Lord, all you godly ones! For the Lord protects those who are loyal to him, but he harshly punishes the arrogant. So be strong and courageous, all you who put your hope in the Lord!

This psalm speaks to our fear of being separated from God. Sometimes our circumstances make us feel that we are abandoned and alone, but God is always there for us. The old saying reminds us “if you feel far from God, guess who moved!”

The psalmist speaks of God’s mercy and protection for those who keep their faith in Him. When we stand with God, He will stand with us. We read that those who are arrogant and count on their own strength and knowledge will fail. Only the Creator is able to stand alone against evil.

This psalm tells us to “be strong and courageous”, as God encouraged His people in Joshua 1:9 and at other times. We must have faith not just through adversity, but every day. God has a purpose and the gifts to accomplish it for each of us. We are called to live in His love and share it with everyone. 

Gracious God, we are sorry for the times we have turned away from Your love and care. Forgive us and show us the kingdom work You have for us all. Amen.

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