the tumult of the nations

Psalm 65 is a good psalm to be read and pondered on around Thanksgiving time. In it we get the orientation we need, a God-centered one, the God of scripture who is fully revealed in his Son, Jesus whose coming we begin to anticipate tomorrow on the first Sunday of Advent.

We need to care about what is going on in the world near and far. In fact I would argue that the gospel of King Jesus orients us that way. We truly care because the gospel we proclaim is not just for or about one’s own salvation, but the salvation of the world in every aspect of life.

At the same time the news media magnifies events in such a way that is not always entirely helpful in a number of ways. We can get so caught up in the frenzy of what is happening (and what that may or may not mean) that we lose sight of the gospel and its meaning both for ourselves and for the world, even for the mess the world is in.

Let us remember that this gospel is at the heart of why King Jesus came, was born, lived and taught, died and was raised again, ascended and poured out the Holy Spirit with the promise of his return. That it is the answer, even as the nations scramble to administer (or not) some form of justice.

You answer us with awesome and righteous deeds,
    God our Savior,
the hope of all the ends of the earth
    and of the farthest seas,
who formed the mountains by your power,
    having armed yourself with strength,
who stilled the roaring of the seas,
    the roaring of their waves,
    and the turmoil of the nations.
The whole earth is filled with awe at your wonders;
    where morning dawns, where evening fades,
    you call forth songs of joy.

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