My heart is ready, O God, my heart is ready!  Psalm 108:1

David [which means Beloved ] was a warrior, and a king, but for the first part of his life he was a shepherd in the hills around Bethlehem, long before the birth of Jesus. He spent long periods of time by himself, minding his family’s herd of sheep and keeping them safe. When he was 14, David had come home to his father’s house for a night and he met a wandering prophet, who was carrying a horn of holy oil, and the prophet anointed him. David was an expert lyre and harp player, so he spent his long days writing songs which celebrated his love of the hills and streams, and starry nights and wondrous dawns by thanking God in those songs. Later he wrote those songs directly to God. Hence the Psalms. Psalm 108 begins with verse 1: My heart is ready, O God, my heart is ready! I will sing, I will sing praises! Awake, my soul! Five verses later the psalmist asks in verse 6: That thy beloved may be delivered, Give help by thy right hand, and answer me!

I feel that during this dark time of pandemic and discord in our lives that we must “open our hearts” to God, so that God can show us our way as Christians. How we can help our fellow man?  We can “awaken our souls” by reaching out and opening ourselves to others, and to be God’s servant here on earth. We all need to be “delivered” to our Christian calling to help, and requesting God to help us with His “right hand”, which is the strength we depend on.  God’s “answer” is what we must look for in our everyday life.

My morning prayer:  For this day, for this food, for our family, and for our friends, we thank you Lord! Please help me to be a better person, to help someone, and please forgive my sins. Amen.

 Psalm 107:33-43, Psalm 108:1-6 (7-13), Psalm 33; Jeremiah 23:9-15; Romans 9:1-18; John 6:60-71