For better or worse, I’m a bit of a “news addict.” I watch the news as I sip my morning coffee. I check the latest headlines at least a couple times during the day, and I’m like to take one last look at developing stories before I go to bed. And naturally, following the news can give one a sense that everything is urgent — and what’s more — that it’s urgently falling apart.
But today’s psalm (Psalm 103) invites me to put all this “breaking doom and gloom” in perspective. The psalmist remind me:
The life of mortals is like grass,
they flourish like a flower of the field;
the wind blows over it and it is gone,
and its place remembers it no more. (verses 15-16)
That’s not to say that God doesn’t care about all these events. The Lord wills wholeness and healing for His creation and His people; and so, the psalm also takes the time to remind me:
The LORD works righteousness
and justice for all the oppressed. (verse 6)
No wonder the psalm both begins and ends with a call to worship: “Praise the LORD, my soul” (vs. 1 and 22). May God’s kingdom be your enduring hope today — even amid the fleeting rush of events, both painful and joyful. And may there be a song of praise in your soul, as the unfailing love of the LORD allows you to be a source of hope for others.