January 31st, 2021

Whole Heart Hallelujah

Psalm 111: 1 “Praise the Lord! I will give thanks to the Lord with my whole heart.”

Do you ever notice it’s a lot easier to find what’s bad in a situation rather than what’s good? Does a list of complaints come to mind a lot quicker than compliments? Is it simpler to just give in to the negative instead of celebrating the positive? These days, it seems the answer to all those questions could be ‘Yes’. Here we are a year after the first cases of Covid 19 were diagnosed in Canada and we are still living in a dangerous pandemic. While I believe we have the resilience to get through these difficult times, for now, we may need to try a little harder to find the good, to give compliments, and to celebrate the positive as we wait.

In the Bible, Psalm 111 gives a vivid description of a good God who Christians turn to in hard times. Hundreds of years ago, the first people who heard the characteristics of God in this Psalm, experienced their own troubles and challenges. Yet, to hear of God’s faithfulness, justice, mercy, and love, would have given them hope to carry on, just as I pray it does for us today. Instead of giving in to the negative, we can sing, like those before us, ‘Whole Heart Hallelujahs” to God.

Knox Presbyterian Church will offer ONLINE worship services only in the coming weeks. As we continue our series “God is Holding Your Life: A Journey of Assurance for a New Year”, services can be found here.