St. Giles’ Cathedral, Edinburgh
Midweek Devotion 21st January 2021
Led by Rev Craig Meek
Welcome to worship online with St. Giles’ Cathedral. My name is Craig Meek and I am the Assistant Minister here at the Cathedral, and I am delighted that you’ve joined us today for a short time of reflection and prayer together. May the peace of our Lord Jesus Christ soften our hearts and strengthen our spirits, friends. Let us listen together for a Word from our Lord.
A Reading from Psalm 62
5 For God alone my soul waits in silence,
for my hope is from him.
6 He alone is my rock and my salvation,
my fortress; I shall not be shaken.
7 On God rests my deliverance and my honour;
my mighty rock, my refuge is in God.
8 Trust in him at all times, O people;
pour out your heart before him;
God is a refuge for us.
9 Those of low estate are but a breath,
those of high estate are a delusion;
in the balances they go up;
they are together lighter than a breath.
10 Put no confidence in extortion,
and set no vain hopes on robbery;
if riches increase, do not set your heart on them.
11 Once God has spoken;
twice have I heard this:
that power belongs to God,
12 and steadfast love belongs to you, O Lord.
For you repay to all
according to their work.
Today’s psalm is a welcomed word for those of us worn down by the monotony of waiting for a sense of normalcy to return to our daily routines. Given the restrictions here in Scotland, it has been hard to find a sense of purpose and energy for each day. The walls of my home have become more familiar to me of late than I’d like and worst of all – I’ve run out of things to entertain me. Each day feels like endless waiting room, and although I try to be productive and optimistic about the future, each day just feels a bit like a struggle.
But then the Psalmist speaks, imploring us in our text to steady ourselves upon the unmovable rock that is the Living God. Although the Psalmist knows well some sort of struggle, the word here is not so much one of lament but rather of hope and confidence in the God who is our refuge. With this God rests deliverance, a deliverance not so much dependent upon our ability to trust in it as it does the one who is faithful to enact it.
And so, hear a good word today friends: Trust in the Lord. For the Living God is our rock and our salvation; our hope, always and forever, and even when we can’t bring ourselves to do so. For the Good News of the Gospel is that even when we feel ourselves failing and disordered, the Lord is near. Thanks be to God. Amen.
Together in Prayer
Holy and loving, steadfast and merciful God – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit – hear the prayers of your people today, know our hearts and strengthen our resolve and trust. Lord, hear our prayers for the world around us, steady its confusion and bless those who know well its oppression and distortion. Protect and guide those whom we love, and give each of us the courage to believe in you so much so that we believe also in one another. With the Psalmist, Lord, we pray that may be able to wait patiently and quietly for you, with a confidence and hope grounded and sure of your love. With gratitude and in humility, we offer our prayers in the name of Christ Jesus, remembering again the words he taught his friends to say together:
Our Father, which art in heaven, hallowed be thy name; thy kingdom come, thy will be done, in earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, the power, and the glory, for ever and ever.
Friends, I hope that this brief devotion has been an encouragement to your today, and that you’ll join us again another time. Until then, may the Lord bless you and keep you; may the Lord make his face to shine upon you and be gracious to you; may the Lord lift his countenance upon you and give you peace, both this day and for evermore. Amen.
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