Bible Reading: Psalm 29
Ascribe to the Lord, O sons of the mighty,
Ascribe to the Lord glory and strength.
Ascribe to the Lord the glory due to His name;
Worship the Lord in holy array.
The voice of the Lord is upon the waters;
The God of glory thunders,
The Lord is over many waters.
The voice of the Lord is powerful,
The voice of the Lord is majestic.
The voice of the Lord breaks the cedars;
Yes, the Lord breaks in pieces the cedars of Lebanon.
He makes Lebanon skip like a calf,
And Sirion like a young wild ox.
The voice of the Lord hews out flames of fire.
The voice of the Lord shakes the wilderness;
The Lord shakes the wilderness of Kadesh.
The voice of the Lord makes the deer to calve
And strips the forests bare;
And in His temple everything says, “Glory!”
The Lord sat as King at the flood;
Yes, the Lord sits as King forever.
The Lord will give strength to His people;
The Lord will bless His people with peace.
We live in a remarkable time in history. Technology has changed the way we live our lives. 30 years ago I might have spoken to a few people a day who lived near me and sent a letter or two a week to those who didn’t. Today we publish and consume social media dozens of times daily, we send and read dozens of emails a day and we can reach nearly any person on the planet no matter where we are, using a powerful smartphone. We are bombarded by 5,000 advertisements a day.
There are many voices speaking to us on a daily basis. Despite the benefits of technology innovation, it has brought a lot of noisy voices to the table, and many people feel more untethered, isolated and unhappy than ever before.
Amidst the noise, the gospel speaks: Jesus spoke us into existence, God reveals His love for us through His word, and the Holy Spirit breathes life into dry bones.
Our voice and deeds can tell others that there are three things that truly matter:
Scientists tell us that despite how many “friends” we may have on social media, we can only maintain deep relationships with perhaps half a dozen people and meaningful friendships with perhaps 150 people. God has created us to be relational, in community. Real relationships need cultivation. We cannot make a plant grow by pressuring it, instead it requires sustained nurturing over a period of time.
Survey your relationships. Are you investing in those who don’t seek God’s glory or those who are younger in their faith? Do you have others you count on to mentor you when the storms of life come? Glorify God today by nurturing a relationship and being a voice of hope for one seeking meaning in the rush of life.
Weekly Memory Verse: The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the defense of my life; whom shall I dread? Psalm 27.1