This week’s reflections are written by Rev. Brian Johnson, one of our Associate Pastors here at St. Matthew’s
Rooted 2019 – Week Thirteen Day Three
Today’s reading is Psalm 4
Today we read another Psalm that is a cry for help. Like yesterday’s Psalm, we read David’s pleas to the Lord. His two main concerns are his reputation and material possessions. While we can sit back and see this as a Psalm about David’s needs, I encourage you to read the Psalm as if you are the one crying out to the Lord. Actually, try reading all of the Psalms with you as the one talking to God to see what new perspective you get. I guarantee that you have at one point or another in your life worried about your reputation and lack of material possessions. I know that I have and will in the future. I am human, just like David. These concerns are universal that transcends time. With the invention of social media, it seems like attacks on our image and materialism are constant threats. However, as Christians, where is our identity found? It’s not found in the things of this world but in God. That is what this Psalm is showing us. God is our refuge and provider of peace. Our identity and joy comes from Him not what other people think of us or what we possess. May we find strength today in this message of hope.
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