Joining again with the #Five Minute Friday group of writers where we write on a one word prompt. Today’s prompt is: Another.
I looked up the word ‘another’ in a bible dictionary to see if it occurred at all in the bible, seemingly in the NIV version it occurs 343 times!!!
Instances of another child, another battle, another plague, another sin, another murder and for Noah another day stuck in the Ark!!
So for us, what is our ‘another’? Another day of sameness, another loneliness, another sorrow, another worry, another anxiety? These things are real and felt, but I want to draw our attention to another kind of another!
One generation commends your works to another; they tell of your mighty acts.
When this Covid-19 is past, and we talk about it, tell stories of what we did, how we passed the time, how we coped, may we also tell of God and how He has shown Himself during this time of crises, how He has provided, cared, sustained and walked with us through it.
Whilst I too feel the restrictions and sorrows of the Pandemic, Lock-down and uncertainty, I also am really excited about the spread of the gospel in these days. Homes and hearts which were once closed to God, are now live-streaming church services straight into their homes! There is an openness to hear of the things of God and the gospel is reaching ‘every nation and every land’ in a way it hasn’t been able to before.
So I leave you with this Psalm and pray that you will be able to know it and repeat it from one generation to another:
A psalm of praise. Of David. Psalm 145
1 I will exalt you, my God the King; I will praise your name for ever and ever.
2 Every day I will praise you and extol your name for ever and ever. 3 Great is the Lord and most worthy of praise; his greatness no one can fathom.
4 One generation commends your works to another; they tell of your mighty acts
5 They speak of the glorious splendor of your majesty—and I will meditate on your wonderful works. 6 They tell of the power of your awesome works—and I will proclaim your great deeds.
7 They celebrate your abundant goodness and joyfully sing of your righteousness. 8 The Lord is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and rich in love.
9 The Lord is good to all; he has compassion on all he has made. 10 All your works praise you, Lord; your faithful people extol you. 11 They tell of the glory of your kingdom and speak of your might, 12 so that all people may know of your mighty acts and the glorious splendor of your kingdom. 13 Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and your dominion endures through all generations. The Lord is trustworthy in all he promises and faithful in all he does. 14 The Lord upholds all who fall and lifts up all who are bowed down.
15 The eyes of all look to you,and you give them their food at the proper time. 16 You open your hand and satisfy the desires of every living thing. 17 The Lord is righteous in all his ways and faithful in all he does. 18 The Lord is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth. 19 He fulfills the desires of those who fear him; he hears their cry and saves them. 20 The Lord watches over all who love him, but all the wicked he will destroy.
21 My mouth will speak in praise of the Lord. Let every creature praise his holy name or ever and ever.